Quality of Life in the Electronic Village

Annual Choices and Challenges Conference Virginia Tech March 1995

Selected Readings

References were selected from the following databases: InfoTrac/Expanded Academic Index; MedLine; ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center); GDCS (Government Documents Catalog Service); Humanities Index; PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service); SSI (Social Science Index). (* denotes teleconference speakers)


*Acker, Stephen, "Designing communication systems for social systems: Values and assumptions of 'socially-open architecture.'" In J. Anderson (ed.) Communication Yearbook 12:498-532, Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications, 1989.

Dunlop, C. and Kling, R. (eds.), Computerization and Controversy. NY: Academic Press, 1991.

*Johnson, Deborah G., Computer Ethics, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 2nd ed. 1993.

*Johnson, Deborah G. and Nissenbaum, H. (eds.), Computers, Ethics, and Social Values. Englewood Cliffs, NJ:Prentice-Hall, Inc., forthcoming.

Krol, Ed, The Whole Internet User's Guide and Catalog. O'Reilly and Associates, 1993.

LaQuey, Tracy, with Jeanne C. Ryder, The Internet Companion: A Beginner's Guide to Global Networking. Reading, Mass: Addison-Wesley, 1993

Levy, Steven, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution. (Descibes the early culture and ethos that ultimately resulted in the Internet and Usenet.) Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1984.

McCain, Ted D. E. and Ekelund, Mark, Computer Networking for Educators. Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education, 1993.

*Pfaffenberger, Bryan L., Democratizing Information: Online Database Technology and the Rise of End-User Searching. Boston: G.K. Hall, Inc, 1990.

Postman, Neil, Technopoly : The Surrender of Culture to Technology. NY:Knopf, 1992.

Quarterman, John, The Matrix: Computer Networks and Conferencing Systems Worldwide. (An exhaustive look at computer networks and how they connect with each other.) Digital Press, 1990.

Rheinhold, Howard, The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., 1993.

Salvaggio, Jerry (Ed.), The Information Society: Economic, Social, and Structural Issues. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 1989.

Stehr, Nico and Richard Ericson (Eds.), The Culture and Power of Knowledge: Inquiries into Contempory Societies. New York: de Gruyter, 1992.

Stoll, Clifford, The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a spy through the maze of computer espionage. (A suspense thriller and a very entertaining introduction to the Internet and how it works, in non-technical language); non-fiction. NY: Doubleday, 1989.

Williams, Frederick, et al., "The people's right to know: Media, democracy, and the information highway." Erlbaum (LC 93-34308; ISBN: 0-8058-1490-6 and 0-805-1491-4), 1993.


Bear, Greg, Eon. NY:Tom Doherty Associates, 1986, 1985; Eternity. NY: Warner Books, 1994, 1990; Queen of Angels. NY: Warner Books, 1991, 1990; Moving Mars. NY: Tor, 1993.

Brunner, John, Shockwave Rider. NY: Ballantine Books, 1976, 1975.

Gibson, William, Neuromancer. NY: Ace Books, 1984.

Stephenson, Neal, Snow Crash. NY: Bantam Books, 1992.



*Acker, Stephen, Slaa, P., and Bouwman, H., "International academic joint ventures: Using tele-communications and travel in a distributed work environment." Interpersonal Computing and Technology 1(4), 1993. [File ACKER.IPCTV1N4@GUVM.GEORGETOWN.EDU].

Anthes, Gary H., "Internet experts grapple with explosion of users and demands." Computerworld, 28(16):71-2, April 18, 1994. Baldwin, Deborah, "If this is the information superhighway, where are the rest stops?" Common Cause, 20:17-21+, Spring, 1994. Cerf, Vinton G., "Networks." (Special Issue: Communications, Computers, and Networks) Scientific American, 265(3):72(10), Sept 1991.

Churbuck, David, "Civilizing Internet." Forbes, 148(1):90(2), July 8, 1991.

Cooke, K. and Lehrer, D., "The Internet: The whole world is talking." The Nation, p.60-64, July 12, 1993.

Deloughry, Thomas J., "Science Foundation scales back its management of the Internet." (National Science Foundation revises management strategy) The Chronicles of Higher Education, 40(25):A23(1), Feb 23, 1994.

Dern, Daniel P., "Applying the Internet." Byte, 17(2):111(5), Feb 1992.

Eisenberg, Anne, "Keeping up with computerese." (computer terminology) Scientific American, 269(2):128(1), Aug., 1993.

Hanin, Eric M. and Ginsburg, Eva, "Telecommunications 2000." Public Utilities Fortnightly, 132:24-7, Sept 1, 1994.

Hogan, Kevin, "Webster's update." (new computer industry terms) Forbes, 152(6):S172(1),Sept 13, 1993.

Levy, Steven, "Battle of the Clipper Chip." New York Times Magazine, p.44, June 12, 1994.

Metcalfe, Robert M., "Maybe we shouldn't be calling it cyberspace." InfoWorld, 16(17):63, Apr 25, 1994.

Murphy, John W. and Pardeck, John T., "Counterpoint: Computer technology and social service delivery --a cautious proposal." Families in Society, 71:105-109, 1990.

*Pfaffenberger, Bryan L., "Technological dramas." Science, Technology, and Human Values, 17, 1992.

Schiller, H.I., "The 'Information Highway': Public Way or Private Road?" The Nation, p.64-6, Jul 12, 1993.

Sheets, Ken, "Road maps to the information superhighway." (useful books about Internet) Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, 48(9):160-1, Sept. 1994.

Spears, Russell and Lea, Martin, "Panacea or panopticon? The hidden power in computer-mediated communication." Communication Research, 21:427-59, Aug 1994.

Stix, G., "Domesticating Cyberspace." Scientific American, 269(2):100-110, 1993.

Verity, John W., "The information revolution: How digital technology is changing the way we work and live." Business Week, Special Annual Edition, p. 10-15, Annual 1994.

Walther, Joseph B., et al., "Interpersonal effects in computer-mediated interaction: A meta-analysis of social and antisocial communication." Communication Research, 21:460-87, Aug 1994.

Ward, Janet, "Lost on the information superhighway." American City and County, 109:4, Mar 1994.

"America's information highway: A hitch-hiker's guide." The Economist, 329:35+, Jan 7, 1994.

"Netlife." The Economist, 331:88, May 14, 1994.

"The Networked States of America: National computer network poses dilemmas." The Futurist, 27:58-59, Nov-Dec 1993.

"Wired for what?" (guide books and directories about the information superhighway)The Wilson Quarterly, 18(3):37-9, Summer 1994.


*Acker, Stephen and McCain, T., "Two-way videoconferencing for K-12 populations." ITCA Teleconferencing Yearbook, 47-55, 1993.

Aponick, Nancy, "Linking teachers and students across networks." Computers in Libraries, 13(9):56-8, Oct 1993.

Caudell, Lee Sherman, ed., "The Global Classroom. Special Report: Online for Learning." Northwest Report, Feb 1994.

Cogan, Sarah, "The Internet for scholars in the humanities." Michigan Academician, 25(2):179-89, 1994. DeLoughry, Thomas J., "Unconnected." (National Science Foundation connects institutes to Internet) The Chronicle of Higher Education, 40(25):A19(2), Feb 23, 1994.

Fisher, Sharon, "Whither NREN?" (state of the art; planning the National Research and Educational Network; includes related articles on Internet by Sen. Al Gore) Byte, 16(7):181(9), July 1991.

Fishman, Barry J. and Pea, Roy D., "The Internetworked School: A Policy for the Future." TECHNOS, 3(1):22-26, Spring 1994.

Holden, Constance, "Computer networks bring 'real science' to the schools." Science, 261(5124):980-1, Aug 20, 1993.

Howell, William, "The information revolution needs social scientists." Education Digest, 60(3):23-6, Nov 1994. Itzkan, Seth J., "Student Recommendations for Global Networking in Schools." T. H. E. Journal, 21(6):60-63, Jan 1994.

Kurshan, Barbara and Dawson, Tina, "The global classroom: reaching beyond the walls of the school building." Technology & Learning, 12(4):48-52, Jan 1992.

Mangan, Katherine S., "Computer networks help public schools forge new ties with higher education." The Chronicle of Higher Education, 39(3):17-18.

McKanna, Susan Ann, et al., "Merging onto the Information Superhighway." School Business Affairs, 60(5):3-5;8-9;11-12, May 1994.

Mills, Steven C., "Integrated Learning Systems: New Technology for Classrooms of the Future." TechTrends, 39(1):27-28;31, Jan. - Feb 1994.

Mitchell, Maurice and Saunders, Laverna, "The National Information Infrastructure: Implications for libraries." Computers in Libraries, 13(10):53-6, Dec 1993.

Rose, Mike, "Plugging in to the global classroom." Education Digest,58(5):36-38, Jan 1993.

"The global classroom." World Press Review, 41(5):47, May 1994.

"A political perspective on the Internet and NREN." Computers in Libraries, 12(5):58-61, May 1992.


Bergman, R., "Health care in a wired world. Information management: Experts zero in on the top issues." Hospitals and Health Networks, 68(16):28-32; 34-6, Aug 20, 1994. Bergman, R., "The world at their fingertips: Rural providers turn to Internet." Hospitals and Health Networks, (68)14:52, Jul 20, 1994.

Blau, A., "Bringing the promise home: Policy options and strategies to promote medical information networking." Journal of Medical Systems, 17(6):339-47, Dec 1993.

Buffone, G.J. and Beck, J. R., "Facilitation of health care delivery through enhanced communications." International Journal of Biomedical Computing, 34(1-4):349-55, Jan., 1994.

Faughnan, J.G. et al., "Cruising the information highway: On-line services and electronic mail for physicians and families." Journal of Family Practice, 39(4):365-71, Oct 1994.

Frisse, M. E., Kelly, E. A. and Metcalfe, E. S., "An Internet primer: Resources and responsibilities." Academic Medical, 69(1):20-4, Jan 1994.

Hassett, M., et al., "Use of computer network bulletin board systems by disabled persons." Conference paper in 16th Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care, p.151-155; Frisse, M.E., ed., NY: McGraw-Hill, 1993. (ISBN 0-07-055023-9)

Kleeberg, P., "Medical uses of the Internet." Journal of Medical Systems, 17(6):363-6, Dec 1993.

*Lindberg, Donald A.B., "The impact of automated information systems applied to health problems." In: Oxford Textbook of Public Health, Vol. 3, Investigative Methods in Public Health, p. 55-76, Holland WW, Detels R, and Knox G, eds. NY:Oxford University Press, 1985.

*Lindberg D.A., "Global information infrastructure." International Journal of Biomedical Computing, 34(1-4):13-9, Jan., 1994.

*Lindberg DAB, et al., "Use of MEDLINE by physicians for clinical problem solving." Journal of the American Medical Association, 269(24):3124-9, 1993.

*Lindberg DAB, "Information: an interconnected world." Academic Medicine, 68(8):606-7, Aug, 1993.

OReilly, M., "Health care begins to merge with the information highway." Canadian Medical Association Journal, 151(8):1173-6, Oct. 15, 1994.

Orthner, H. F. et al., "Sharing and communicating health care information: Summary and recommendations." International Journal of Biomedical Computing, 33(1-4):303-18, Jan 1994. Reibem. Davod, et al., "Project Safety Net: A health screening outreach and assessment program." The Gerontologist, 33:557-60, 1993.

Sorachi, K., "An information network for community medical care." Methods of Information in Medicine, 33(2):234-6, May 1994.

Zinn, T. R., "A CHIN Primer (community health care information networks)." Health Management and Technology, 15(2):28-30; 32, Feb 1994.

International Journal of Biomedical Computing, Supplement 35, Feb 1994:

History, Philosophy, and Social Issues

Athey, Susan, "A comparison of experts' and high tech students' ethical beliefs in computer-related situations." Journal of Business Ethics, 12:359-70, May 1993.

Braman, Sandra, "Harmonization of Systems: The Third Stage of the Information Society." (A theory of the emergence of information society in three stages since the late 19th century) Journal of Communication, 43(3):133(8), 1993.

Dibbell, "A Rape in Cyberspace." The Village Voice, 38(51):36-42, December 21, 1993.

Halfhill, Tom R., "The introversion of America." Byte, 19(5):278, May 1994.

Hays, Laurie, "Personal Effects." (on the social questions that arise from the diffusion of the networks) Wall Street Journal, R16, Nov. 15, 1993.

Hewitt, Michael, "Virtual community." New Statesman and Society, 7:38-39, 1994.

*Johnson, Deborah G., "Ethics and Computers." In The Encyclopedia of Ethics, edited by Lawrence Becker, p.191-194. NY: Garland Publishing, 1992. [Reprinted in National Forum, 15-17, Sum 1991]

*Johnson, Deborah G., "Issues of Equity and Access." In Desktop Publishing in the University, edited by Joan N. Burstyn, 65-74. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1991. *Johnson, Deborah G., "The Public-Private Status of Transactions in Computer Networks." In The Information Web: Ethical and Social Implications of Computer Networking, edited by Carol Gould, 37-55. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1989.

Johnstone, Bob, "When the walls come down." (development of internet) New Scientist, 142(1921):B30(2), April 16, 1994.

Lane, Alex, "Highway to Hell?" Software Development, Industry Watch Section, p.23-30, April 1994.

Lewis, Delano E., et al., "Will commercial forces overwhelm needs of public-interest journalism?" Nieman Reports, 48(2):43-50, Summer 1994.

Maddox, Tom, "The cultural consequences of the information superhighway." The Wilson Quarterly, 18(3):29-36, Summer 1994.

Marshall, Scott, "Class struggle on the information superhighway." Political Affairs, 73:2-7, Apr 1994.

*Pfaffenberger, Bryan L., "The social meaning of the personal computer, or why the personal computer revolution was no revolution." Anthropological Quarterly. 61:137-147, 1988.

Piirto, Rebecca, "Freeway or tollway?" American Demographics, 16:6, May 1994.

*Rotenberg, Marc, "Computer Privacy," The Economist, June 8-14, 1991.

*Rotenberg, Marc and Berman, Jerry, "Free Speech in an Electronic Age," The New York Times, January 6, 1991, at 13. (Business Forum)

Rubinyi, Robert, "Computers and community: The organizational impact." Journal of Communication, 39:110-23, 1989.

Swinyard, W.R., et al., "The morality of software piracy: A cross-cultural analysis." Journal of Business Ethics, 9:655-84, 1990.

Wilson, David L., "Computer insecurity." (Computer hackers break into Internet.) The Chronicle of Higher Education, 40(24):A25(2), Feb. 16, 1994.

Wilson, David L., "Putting citizens on line." (low cost access to internet) The Chronicle of Higher Education, 40(47):A17(9), July 27, 1994.

Wilson, David L., "Threats to Internet security." The Chronicle of Higher Education, 40(30):A22(2), March 30, 1994.

Wilson, Fiona, "Language, technology, gender, and power." Human Relations, 45:883-904, 1992.

Zipperer, John, "The naked city: 'Cyberporn' invades the American home." Christianity Today, 38(10):42-46, Sept. 12, 1994.

"Slipping through the net." The Economist, 331:64, June 4, 1994.

Policy Issues

Booker, Ellis, and Betts, Mitch, "Democracy goes on-line." (Internet used for voter education in election 1994) Computerworld, 28(44):1-2, Oct. 31, 1994.

Chapman, Gary and Rotenberg, Marc*, "A National Information Infrastructure: A Public Interest Opportunity." The CPSR Newsletter (Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility), 11(2):1, Summer 1993.

Drake, William J., "The Internet religious war." (role of Internet in framing telecommunication policy) Telecommunications Policy, 17(9):643(7), Dec 1993.

Guthrie, Kendall K. and Dutton, William H., "The politics of citizen access technology: The development of public information utilities in four cities." Policy Studies Journal 20:574-97, Winter 1992.

Hart, Jeffrey A., "The building of the Internet: Implications for the future of broadband networks." Telecommunications Policy, 16(8):666(24), Nov 1992.

Healay, Jon, "Key users question safety of information highway." Congressional Quarterly, Weekly Report, 52:1508-9, June 11, 1994. H.R. 1757: "The High Performance Computing and High Speed Networking Applications Act of 1993." Also known as the "Boucher Bill."

Kapor, Mitch, "Civil Liberties in Cyberspace." Scientific American, p.116-120, Sept 1991.

Kapor, M. "Where is the digital highway really headed? The case for a Jeffersonian Information Policy." Wired, 1(3):53-59, 94, 1993.

Karraker, Roger, "Clinton administration outlines information superhighway plan." MacWEEK, 8(3):5, Jan. 17, 1994.

*Rotenberg, Marc, "The Politics of Privacy," Stanford Law & Policy Review (forthcoming)

*Rotenberg, Marc, "Electronic Privacy Legislation in the United States, Journal of Academic Librarianship (September 1994).

*Rotenberg, Marc, "Privacy Protection," Government Information Quarterly, 11(3):253-254, 1994. *Rotenberg, Marc, "Look Before You Legislate," Computerworld, October 20, 1991.

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance, "National communications infrastructure: Hearings, January 19-March 31, 1993." Supt Docs (ISBN 0-16-041203-X) / SUDOC: Y 4.En 2/3:103-12, 1993.

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science, Space and Technology, "Technology Policy: Information Infrastructure [Information Superhighways and High Performance Computing]. Hearings, March 23 and 25, 1993. United States. Congress. House. Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance, "Telecommunications network security: Hearings, April 29 and June 9, 1993. SUDOC: Y 4.En 2/3:103-53, 1994.

Weidenbaum, Murray, "A new technology policy for the Untied States?" Regulations(Cato-Inst), 16(4):18-28, 1994.

"Gore's Law." The Economist, 330:72, Jan 15, 1994.

"The message in the medium: The First Amendment on the information superhighway." National Forum, 74:7-74, Spring 1994.

"Technology and the national interest." National Forum, 74:7-47, Spring 1994.


The Internet is a good source of information about itself. For members of the Blacksburg Electronic Village, use the BEV Gopher (gopher.bev.net), go to "Learn more about BEV and the Internet" and then go to "Guides to the Internet."

Cisler, Steve, "Community Computer Networks: Building Electronic Greenbelts." Version 1.1.1, Apple Library, 4 Infinite Loop MS 304-2A, Cupertino, California 95014. Internet address: sac@apple.com.

Meeting of the Minds (MoM) - A software program developed by Stephen Acker* (with Bryce Bate, Jim Bracken, Kathleen Davey and Dave Landsbergen) that allows distributed work groups to co-author multimedia, hyperlinked documents that also can be released as plain "white papers." MoM is a group writing tool that complements Mosaic, the WorldWideWeb reading tool. In combination they establish an integrated collaborative work environment.

The Storyteller's Toolkit - A hypermedia environment premised on the assumption that people make sense of their worlds by constructing narratives, or stories. The Toolkit raises the storytelling process to the group level and assists groups in reaching decisions (telling common stories). Designed by Stephen Acker* with James Talley.

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