April 2001 - Vol. 44 No. 4

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In the world of telecommunications, more is never enough. Pursuing ever greater capacity and services, the long-time suppliers of voice-based services are transforming themselves into full-service providers of a galaxy of communication and IT options. The challenge now becomes how to manage all we have while still developing more solutions. As usual, we turn to […]

News Track

Appearing before a congressional panel, the head of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers defended the process ICANN used to select new suffixes to compete with the popular established generic top-level domain—.com. With the number of Web addresses dwindling, ICANN chose seven new domains last fall, along with the companies and groups authorized […]

Forum: Participatory Vs. Representative Democracy

Several of the articles in the January 2001 Communications are linked by the same implicit proposition: Direct (participatory, "quick") democracy is a better form of government than representative democracy. Information and communication technology (ICT) can facilitate direct democracy. Therefore ICT should be used to realize direct democracy. But before embarking on an ICT-enabled, direct-democracy implementation […]
Research and Advances

Agent-Oriented Technology For Telecommunications: Introduction

The vision of the telecommunications market today is “information at any time, at any place, in any form.” Within this open market of information services, the aspects of service customization and instant service provision are of fundamental importance. Moreover, the provision of telecommunications services will be a key component in future business successes. In this […]

Inside Risks: Cyber Underwriters Lab

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent testing organization created in 1893, when William Henry Merrill was called in to find out why the Palace of Electricity at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago kept catching on fire (which is not the best way to tout the wonders of electricity). After making the exhibit safe, he realized […]

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