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the evolving internet

the evolving internet

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From the Editors
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ach day brings new examples of how information and communication technology(ICT) is reshaping the lives of people around the world. To one degree or another,the digital revolution has arrived in just about every corner of the globe. In recogni-tion of this, representatives of the world’s nations will gather in Geneva thisDecember for the World Summit on the Information Society to discuss how accessto ICT might be achieved for all people.
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n the Internet and the World Wide Web, people are governing, learning, commu-nicating, debating, “politicking”, shopping, and experimenting—conducting all kindsof interactions in ways only made possible by ICT. The Internet has brought intobeing a virtual world that, like the universe itself, is expanding every moment, full of promise, hope, and not a little mystery. But challenges remain if it is to achieve itsfull promise. The United States, in partnership with other governments, internation-al organizations, and citizens of many countries, is committed to assisting peoplearound the globe to meet these challenges so that this virtual world becomes a help-ful and productive part of their everyday lives.
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mong the articles in this edition of Global Issues, senior U.S. government officialsoutline priorities for Internet development and discuss U.S. assistance programs tohelp develop ICT skills, training, and access in developing countries. A U.S. law-maker describes how the Internet can help create a more open and transparent soci-ety, and a scholar reviews efforts to bring the Internet into elementary and secondaryschools. Finally, private sector experts explore the problems and challenges of pro-tecting computers and the information they contain.
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e hope that by considering the variety of issues and concerns presented in this journal, readers will gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for the digitalrevolution and their potential role in it.
 
A New Way of Governing in the Digital Age. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
Information technologies and Internet transactions are changing the relationship betweengovernments and their citizens.
 By Charlene Porter, Managing Editor of this edition of Global Issues
Staying Safe in Cyberspace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
A security specialist provides a primer on what the home computer user needs to know anddo to protect his machine from intruders.
 By Lawrence R. Rogers, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
global issues
 An Electronic Journal of the U.S. Department of State November 2003 Volume 8, Number 3
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The Digital Dimension of Development: A Strategic Approach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
The freedom to innovate, create, and share ideas is critical to development, a top U.S. diplomat writes. The U.S. government isutilizing information and communications technology to achieve development goals.
 By Ambassador David A. Gross, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, U.S. Department of State
E-government: The Next American Revolution. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Government can use the Internet to provide better and more efficient services to citizens.
 By U.S. Representative Tom Davis, Chairman, House Government Reform Committee
Bringing Africa Online. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
A U.S. program started in 1996 is expanding Internet connectivity in African nations.
 By Lane Smith, Coordinator, Leland Initiative, U.S. Agency for International Development
Connecting with Eurasia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
With the help of alumni from its educational and cultural exchange programs, the U.S. government is promoting Internet skillsand computer knowledge among diverse populations in Eurasia.
 By Barry E. Ballow, Director, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State
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