sumer interests and authentication. At the same time, there was a 'business' meeting, and a meeting of labour and c o n s u m e r interests' representatives. O t h e r international organizations, including the World Trade Organization, the World Customs Organization, WIPO, UNCTAD and UNCITRAL p r e s e n t e d their work in areas such as international trade, telet o m services, commercial law and protection of intellectual property. See further the OECD at w w w . oecd.org.
Japanese study group publishes report on Internet domain names A study group on Internet domain names has p r o d u c e d a report, commissioned by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, to examine and summarize the domain name system currently operathlg on the Interact and to assess the current status of the issues that arise. The report suggests that, up to now, the average individual Internet user has not had sufficient information on these issues, in spite of the indispensable role of domain names tbr the lnternet. Domain names involve serious
isstles lot each Internet user,'which we can no longer ignore. It is time fbr every user to get at least a minimum knowledge about domain names.' The report describes the issttes and measures ff)r those domain names having country-code top-level domains (.jp in Japan, lbr example). It also describes the international administration system of domain names in some detail, presenting the views and opinions of the study group on the international discussion w h i c h has recently occurred.This follows publication by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the US 1)epartnlent of C o m m e r c e of its 'Green Paper' outlining an administration policy on the future of the DNS, subsequently amended following c o m m e n t s in the revised 'White Paper' proposals of June 1998. The report concludes that, with technological development, the present syste m of d o m a i n n am es co u l d be transformed to an advanced one, or one that is at least very different from the present arrangements. However, before that can happen, there must be major i m p r o v e m e n t of network infrastructure and the institutional environment. The report can be obtained from th e Ministry for Post and T e l e c o m m u n i c a t i o n ' s W e b site at www.mpt.gov.jp.
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i s l . d e m o n , co.uk,Web site: www.visibis.com. • Politics & Internet: 2nd International Congress o n Electronic Media & Citizenship in Information Society; 6-9 January 1999; Espoo, Jyvfiskylfi, Oulu, Tampere, Finland; organized by the Finish National Front ff)r Research and Development, on the initiative of the Committee for the Future of the Finish Parliament; tax: +358 9 492810 or Internet: www.dipoli.hnt.fi/ pi99. • S e c o n d World C o n f e r e n c e o n N e w Trends in Criminal Investigation and Evidence - - First A n n o u n c e m e n t ; 10-IS D e c e m b e r 1999; A m s t e r d a m RA1, I n t e r n a t i o n a l Exhibition and Congress (;entre, Amsterdam; the International N et w o r k for Research on (the I,aw of) Evidence and Procedure; c o n t a c t C o n f e r e n c e Secretariat: tel: +31 20 679 3411 or fax: +31 20 673 7306, E-mail: c r i m i n a l l a w @ e u r o c o n gres.com.
Book Review Electronic Publishing The Electronic Publishing Maze - - Strategies in the Electronic Publishing Industry, by Harry Collier, 1998, soft-cover, Infonortics, 220 pp., £55/US $85, ISBN 1 873699 43 3 The author of this text is a past chairman of the European Association of Information Services and, for the past 15 years, has been writing articles for Learned Information, the Oxford-based publisher and conference organizer.This text originally started life as the third edition of the author's 1991 book entitled Strategies in the Electronic lnfi)rmation Industry:A Guide for the 1990s.With so much h a p p en i n g in the 1990s in the field, the author co n cl u d ed that he was having to eliminate so much of the old book that it was clear that a n ew one was required. Although aspects of previous work are 'cut and pasted' in the latest text, the emphasis has n o w shifted to the tnternet - - the electronic information medium that was scarcely m e n t i o n e d a decade ago.There are nine chapters in the work.Thc first deals with the nature of information, and this is followed by three chapters examining the Internet - - its background and technology; its value as a commercial medium; and its relationship with the established publishers.This is followed by chapters examining the impact of the Internct on information pricing; its effect on the copyright question and the regulatory environment; the impact of the Internet on the classic online services operating outside the world of the Internet; the next generation applications and technologies; and a summary and forecast. The work is aimed at a broad non-technical audience and is designed for those in publishing, intormation work or in management w h o need an informed overview of the information industry; with some perspective as to its roots and some guesses as to w h e r e things might be going over the next fi?w years. Available from Infonortics Hmited, 15 Market Place, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8DD, UK; tel: +44 1666 505 772, fax: +44 1666 505 774, Internet: w w w . i n f o n o r t i c s . c o m .
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