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Practical Programmer: An Embarrassing, Yet Rewarding, Ending to a Previous Column

After a second consulting visit to a software company, what seemed so obvious the first time suddenly seemed less so.

The Business of Software: the Laws of Software Process

Getting from here to there: Putting a boundary around process.

Viewpoint: Fixing a Flawed Domain Name System

Replacing an inequitable system with one that will better serve the world.

Democracy in an It-Framed Society: Introduction


A Strategic Perspective of Electronic Democracy

Implementing a true e-democracy requires a careful and comprehensive plan for citizens to learn how to use it.

Toward the European Information Society

Fitting democracy into the techno-economic mold of the European Union is easier said than done.

Is Online Democracy in the Eu For Professionals Only?

An essential part of democracy is the debate. In a thin democracy (see Åström's article in this section), the elected representatives do the debating. This is not only for ideological reasons, but also for practical reasons. …

Rating the Impact of New Technologies on Democracy

Information and communication technologies are transforming democracies worldwide. In fact, we are only beginning to tap their true potential.

Icts, Bureaucracies, and the Future of Democracy


Should Democracy Online Be Quick, Strong, or Thin?


Computer Professionals and the Next Culture of Democracy

The computing community is responsible for building the tools that have worked to change the face of democracy. But can we do more as responsible citizens?

Not-For-Profits in the Democratic Polity

Some of the best examples of using technologies to strengthen the democractic role can be found in the efforts of voluntary campaign organizations.

Webbing Governance: Global Trends Across National-Level Public Agencies

The Cyberspace Policy Research Group tracks the diffusion and use of the Web in governments around the world and their survey serves up some fascinating findings.

Internet Voting For Public Officials: Introduction

A way to ensure free and fair elections or an electronic invitation for ballot fraud and unequal representation?

The Case For Internet Voting

The March 2000 Arizona Democratic Party's presidential preference primary illustrates the promise of accessibility, inclusiveness, and accountability in online elections.

Gauging the Risks of Internet Elections

Removed from independent public scrutiny, hidden inside a possibly insecure infrastructure, Internet voting may offer a cloak for vote theft, voter coercion, and lost public confidence in the outcome.

A Personal Digital Store

Finding a place to efficiently store all of one's digital materials.

Increasing the Observability of Internet Behavior

Improvements are needed in network infrastructure and protocols for continued growth of the Internet.

Web Channels in E-Commerce

Maximizing the channel potential increases the business value of a firm's Web site.

Are Handheld Viruses a Significant Threat?


Inside Risks: System Integrity Revisited