The Internet

The Microsoft law suit, software development and the capitalist market

By Mike Ingram, 2 May 2000

The US government proposal to break up Microsoft, dividing its operating system (Windows, NT etc.) from the Office suite (Word, Excel etc.), raises fundamental questions concerning the development of computer software and its relationship to the capitalist market.

Internet free speech under attack in San Francisco libel suit

By Mike Ingram, 18 April 2000

A libel trial taking place in San Francisco could have major implications for freedom of speech on the Internet, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

French anti-racist group sets dangerous precedent in court action against Yahoo!

By Mike Ingram, 17 April 2000

A Paris-based anti-racism group is taking legal action against the Internet portal Yahoo! over the auction of Nazi memorabilia on its web site. Yahoo! runs public auctions in which users can post items for sale on which others users then bid.

Growing concern over Internet privacy

By Mike Ingram, 25 February 2000

A number of lawsuits currently underway in the US have drawn attention to privacy issues raised by the use of “cookies” or strips of data sent to an Internet user's browser by a web site.

Montreal Internet service provider raided by FBI

By Mike Ingram, 18 February 2000

In the wake of a series of attacks blocking access to some of the largest and best known Internet web sites, the US government is seeking to use popular concern over the denial of services to push through new legislation that could affect the democratic rights of millions.

Internet vandals threaten access and expression on the World Wide Web

By the Editorial Board, 11 February 2000

The source of the coordinated attacks that crippled major Internet web sites earlier this week and the motivations of those responsible remain unclear. But whoever carried out these actions, and whatever their subjective purpose, the objective content of the assault on the Internet was a reactionary attack on democratic rights.

Surveys show significant growth in British Internet use

By Mike Ingram, 29 December 1999

Several recent surveys indicate a significant growth of Internet access in Britain in the last 12 months. According to a Guardian/ICM poll published Monday December 20, more than one in three British adults now have access to the Internet either at home or at work.

Social inequality and the World Wide Web

By Michael Conachy, 17 August 1999

Those who are "on line" know that the Internet is a tool with astonishing potential. With the click of a mouse, anyone anywhere in the globe can access a vast amount of knowledge. For the cost of a local telephone call, a user can interact, converse, exchange ideas and information with people thousands of kilometres away instantaneously.

Internet produces conflict between commerce and censorship

By Mike Ingram, 16 August 1999

A 96-page report was issued in June by Human Rights Watch (HRW) entitled The Internet in the Mideast and North Africa: Free Expression and Censorship. The HRW report stated:

White House plan for FBI Internet spying

By Martin McLaughlin, 10 August 1999

A vast new computer monitoring system, controlled by the FBI, would be established under a plan being discussed with the Clinton administration, it was reported last week. According to a draft document obtained by a civil liberties group opposed to the plan, and leaked to the New York Times, the FBI would be given sweeping new powers to spy on all computer-related activities by federal government employees.

New techniques to boost the Internet's capacities

By Luciano Fernandez, 16 July 1999

The rapidly increasing demands being placed on international communications networks are fueling some remarkable technical developments in the field of fibre optics.

Censorship in the Information Age

How the British government failed to suppress list of MI6 agents

By Mike Ingram, 18 May 1999

The speed with which a list of purported MI6 agents spread across the Internet last week confirmed the worst fears of the powers-that-be regarding the development of the Internet as a medium of mass communication.

UK Internet libel case could set dangerous precedent

By Mike Ingram, 16 April 1999

Demon Internet, one of the oldest UK Internet Service Providers (ISP), is currently fighting a legal battle against a libel case brought by scientist Laurence Godfrey. Its origins lie in a previous action brought by Godfrey against Michael Dolenga, a Canadian citizen who is reported to have posted libelous messages in a Usenet discussion group. Godfrey claimed to have asked Demon to remove this and another offending material posted in groups hosted by Demon. He claims the present action stems from the ISP's refusal to do so.

Privacy rights threatened by Intel's new computer chip

By James Brookfield, 5 March 1999

Electronic privacy advocates have filed a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and launched a boycott campaign against Intel over the company's introduction of a new computer chip that threatens to compromise the privacy and democratic rights of computer users.

Hackers shut down East Timor Internet addresses

By Mike Ingram, 3 March 1999

A concerted attack involving simultaneous hacking from five countries caused an Irish Internet Service Provider (ISP) to switch off its systems last month. Connect-Ireland, the company affected, believes the Indonesian government is behind the attack.