Computer underground Digest Wed Mar 8, 1995 Volume 7 : Issue 19 ISSN 1004-042X Editors: Ji
Computer underground Digest Wed Mar 8, 1995 Volume 7 : Issue 19
Editors: Jim Thomas and Gordon Meyer (TK0JUT2@NIU.BITNET)
Archivist: Brendan Kehoe
Semi-retiring Shadow Archivist: Stanton McCandlish
Correspondent Extra-ordinaire: David Smith
Shadow-Archivists: Dan Carosone / Paul Southworth
Ralph Sims / Jyrki Kuoppala
Monster Editor: Loch Nesshrdlu
CONTENTS, #7.19 (Wed, Mar 8, 1995)
File 1--Re: Cu Digest, #7.18
File 2--Acm-IIT Computers Seized by Ill. Institute of Tech (fwd)
File 3--Cu in the news
File 4--Role-playing adventure BBS starting New game
File 5--"You all support child porn" and other rubbish
File 6--Alert #1: Fifth Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy
File 7--CMC Magazine March Issue
File 8--TIME WARNER ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING
File 9--Cu Digest Header Info (unchanged since 26 Feb, 1995)
CuD ADMINISTRATIVE, EDITORIAL, AND SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION APPEARS IN
THE CONCLUDING FILE AT THE END OF EACH ISSUE.
Date: Tue, 07 Mar 1995 22:54:34 -0500
From: spaf@CS.PURDUE.EDU(Gene Spafford)
Subject: File 1--Re: Cu Digest, #7.18
Re: the review of "Virus Creation Labs" and the excerpt by George
I gather from the tone of the excerpt and the review that Mr. Smith
has lumped together all kinds of PCs and therefore likewise all
developers? If so, it is both a technical and a social error, at the
For instance, Macintosh systems are PCs, in the true sense that they
are personal computers. They also have less than 2 dozen viruses
written for them, ever. The Mac anti-virus community cooperates,
quiety and without publicity. The world's only successful prosecution
of computer virus writers was brought about by the Mac anti-virus
community. And there have been two very complete and wonderful FREE
programs that deal with Mac viruses: Disinfectant and Gatekeeper.
Even the competing commercial vendors praise them and sometimes help
Thus, in the Mac virus arena at least, we have not seen any evidence
of a "...bizarre Pirandellian world of inflated egos, malicious
territorialism, questionable ethics, and avarice, about equally
divided between the moral entrepreneurs amongst virus fighters and
their nemesis, the virus writers." There is no "phalleocentric
anti-virus community" (thank heavens!).
In fact, outside of the IBM MS-DOS arena, I would question if the view
described exists elsewhere. I have not heard anything resembling
these same descriptions applied to those working with viruses in
Atari, Amiga, or (almost non-existant) Unix environments. From my
perspective, which reaches back to where I think I was principal
author of the second or third book written on viruses (not counting
Cohen's dissertation as a book), even the MS-DOS community was not
always as described. A few greedy and self-serving people changed the
field for the vendors, and a few destructive virus authors changed it
for everyone else. Even so, there are some people in the MS-DOS
anti-virus field who are not malicious, territorial, or avaricious.
Ken van Wyk, Vesselin Bontchev, David Ferbrache, and Fridrick Skulason
all come to mind without much effort as good examples of community
spirit and cooperative effort. There have been, and are, others.
I don't doubt that Mr. Smith's view is entertaining and informative.
I hope that it is more balanced and fair, however, in its presentation
than I might imagine from the review and the excerpt. The attitudes
and behaviors discussed could more likely be blamed on repeated
exposure to MS-DOS than to viruses or personal computers, especially
when we look at the record of behavior of others. It would be a pity
if the book presents a local phenomenon as the global picture.
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 1995 12:13:20 -0600
From: jthomas@SUN.SOCI.NIU.EDU(Jim Thomas)
Subject: File 2--Acm-IIT Computers Seized by Ill. Institute of Tech (fwd)
ACM-IIT COMPUTERS SEIZED BY ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
ACM - The First Society in Computing
"AND LET IT BE KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE WORLD WHAT WAS DONE THIS DAY..."
DATELINE TUESDAY JANUARY 17, 1995
Today sometime before noon today, the Illinois Institute of Technology
seized the computer systems of the Association for Computing Machinery
student chapter at IIT.
700 Student and Faculty users are not happy. And are now without their
Email and other private files. The locations of the ACM-IIT systems is
currently unknown, and the security of the system and the accounts on
it is highly questionable, as it was quite literally riped out of the
wall. ( a piece of the modem was found lying on the table ).
The reasons given by IIT where that members of ACM-IIT are suspected
of hacking into the computer of another IIT student group, and pulling
The memo sent to the Dean of Students details the hacking attempt, but
no evidence points to ACM-IIT's systems or to any of their users, but
the memo does make several unbacked accusations. And at this time, we
can see no reason ACM-IIT would even be tied to the events. However
because ACM-IIT members are suspect, the systems where unlawfully
seized by IIT.
IIT has no legal right to seize ACM-IIT's systems, nor anyone else, as
they contain private accounts, files, and Email.
Such rights are protected under the Electronic Communications Privacy
Act (ECPA), which extended most of the protections of the federal
Wiretap Act ("Title III") to electronic mail.
Precidence was established in the case Secret Service vs. Steve
Jackson Games decided March 12, 1993 in favor of SJG (1) (2)
Needless to say, ACM-IIT members are not too happy about all of this.
And the other 700 people don't seem happy either.
DATELINE WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18, 1995
* Members realize that along with Troll, which is physicaly
considered IIT's property even tho it was purchased with student
funds, property of ACM-IIT members was also seized includind a
network card, SIMM modules, and the modem that was broken by IIT
during the seizure.
* ACM recieves writen copy of allegations and supposed proof that
ACM systems where used in the attempt. However the evidence
clearly shows that other IIT owned systems where used and NOT
* Electronic Frontier Foundation is called and informed of the
situation, and begins investigating the situation.
* ACM-IIT hears that the computer system is in the process of being
searched by IIT staff, and ACM-IIT members now consider the
system compromised. Still no evidence showing ACM-IIT
* Word continues to spread amung the IIT community, many more
students and faculty are outraged about the seizure of their
accounts and files.
* Continued stress to students due to the lack of access to their
Email, addressbooks, and other files. Email is now being lost in
mass due to the ACM-IIT systems removal, much of which is
considered critical by many people.
* ACM-IIT members miss the ACM Chicago Chapter meeting due to the
fact that all the info concerning time/location was stored on the
More info on previous legal cases involving seizure of systems and the
data they contain.
DATELINE THURSDAY JANUARY 19, 1995
Everyone waits for the Dean of Students hearing friday morning...
DATELINE FRIDAY JANUARY 20, 1995
* IIT agrees to put ACM-IIT's computer back online "late next week"
provided ACM-IIT is on it's own subnet, and IIT gets root access
to the machine, and can take the machines offline at anytime.
* ACM-IIT meets in an emergency meeting, and unanimously votes that
the terms are completely unreasonable and that ACM-IIT cannot
continue to operate machines on the internet under IIT's
conditions and maintain services and security.
+ ACM-IIT mobalizes to aquire donatated or private machines to
provide services on, so that hopefully at least some legal
rights will have to be respected by IIT.
+ Calls will be made Monday to INTERNIC to hopefully expedite
ACM-IIT's applications mailed in several weeks ago for IP
space and the domain name acm-iit.org
+ Searching begins for a site with a T1 line or better to host
ACM-IIT's systems, since IIT will not assure that ACM-IIT
will have access to the net at all times, and wants student
groups off of IIT's backbone. This means several services
cannot be offered by ACM-IIT, but at least most can.
* On the matter of the disciplinary action without any proof, the
Dean of Students makes the statement "This isn't a court of law,
we don't need proof." Several students including the acused start
looking at other schools, looking for someplace they will be
allowed to make a difference.
DATELINE MONDAY JANUARY 23, 1995
Various people and organizations now helping ACM-IIT with the
situation, but it has yet to resolve itself. Several additional
courses of action are proposed as ACM-IIT seeks to get back online
DATELINE TUESDAY JANUARY 24, 1995
At the Student Leadership Committee meeting, the issue is brought up
and a subcommittee is formed to investigate the actions taken buy the
Dean of Students office and IIT.
DATELINE FRIDAY JANUARY 27, 1995
After another Meeting with the Dean of Students, ACM members are
finally allowed to take back the privately owned property in the
machine, and also are allowed to take the hard drive. ACM-IIT now has
possesion of all the data/files/Email on the system. Plans to get
ACM-IIT back onto the internet ASAP with the help of Ripco
Communications, Inc. a local Internet Provider are made.
DATELINE SATURDAY/SUNDAY JANUARY 28-29, 1995
ACM-IIT members attempt to gather the needed PC hardware to restore
services. Corporate donations are sought, and many friends are called.
DATELINE JANUARY 30TH - FEBRUARY 9TH, 1995
* On February 1st IIT agreed to allow users files and Email to be
placed back online for users to download, however ACM-IIT will not
be allowed to administrate systems directly attached to IIT
* Due to problems coordinating with IIT staff, ACM-IIT systems are
still offline, but will hopefully be online somewhere relatively
* ACM-IIT submitted a proposal to IIT to allow ACM-IIT back online
to run their systems if a firewall could be acquired, but has
still not heard back from IIT officials.
* ACM-IIT members continue to attempt to gather enough PC hardware
to leave IIT's network for another site where the systems will be
DATELINE FEBRUARY 15TH, 1995
* The ACM-IIT system is placed back online for users to download
their files pending a permanent solution to the problem.
* However the system is again rendered inaccessable when the
nameserver entries are rechanged, and some IIT machine is told to
respond as if it where ACM's system and refuse connections.
This document would be on the ACM-IIT Web site, but we don't have one
So now it lives at http://xtreme.acc.iit.edu:4242/~bebeada/ and is
mirrored at http://rci.ripco.com:8080/~bebeada/ACM.html
Date: 07 Mar 95 17:59:53 EST
From: Gordon Meyer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: File 3--Cu in the news
A recently-spotted ad for an Internet firewall begins with the
ominious proclimation that "Every 20 seconds, a network is
infiltrated. Vital files are sabotaged. Corporate secrets, financial
data and sensitive customer information are stolen, and all traces of
the intrusion are erased. The futures of companies which took years to
build are terminated in a few short seconds".
Every 20 seconds? That amounts to 4320 companies having their futures
"terminated" every 24 hours (we all know hackers never sleep). In
February alone that would be over 108,000 companies, assuming that
most hackers took Valentine's Day off. Yearly calculations are left
as an exercise for the reader.
The Software Publishers Association (SPA) reports that of the calls
they received on their "piracy hot line", they took action against 447
organizations in the U.S. That's 23% fewer actions then in 1993. The
SPA "actions" include 197 audits aned lawsuits, netting $2.7 million
in penalties. (Datamation. March 1, 1995. pg 26)
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 95 02:53:04 +0200
Subject: File 4--Role-playing adventure BBS starting New game
For about six months I've been running a role-playing adventure on
my BBS the message areas. I got a lot of response and all the people
playing had a pretty good time. I've decided to open the next
adventure to ANYONE with an E-mail account for no charge. The games
ruling systems will be Warhammer Fantasy Role-Play based, with some small
variation into other role playing systems. Its ideal for all modem-literate
Games workshop junkies!!
_Anyone_ intrested in joining the game should mail me at:
Fido: 5:7231/1.113 (FIDO)
Please include somwhere in the body of your message, your most frequently
used email address and your age. Also, as a matter of intrest, please
include any other role playing systems you've played & details.
I am also looking for a server to run this via Email off (ie. a listserv
of some sort). I'm not familiar with the basics of running something off
a list server, but I'm pretty sure I'll be able to get to grips with it
pretty quickly. If there's anyone willing to explain how use a listserver
to run the adventure off, and show me one to use, please do contact me..
I'm also looking for someone to post this in all relevant USENET news
groups - if you find the time to do so, just let me know once its posted.
The first adventure will start as soon as I get 10 players ready to go.
Players joining after the adventure has began should Email me as normal,
and I will reply and brief them on the on going adventure, give them
their characters & start them up as soon as possible. The second adventure
will begin when there are 15 players, who've opted for it ,ready to go.
Yes as you've noticed, I'm running TWO adventures, from the brief
descriptions below please decide NOW, which you want to join and
state that somewhere in your Email.
<1> - The Tower Of Despair - Delve into another dimension of danger &
excitement as a terrible evil unfolds
across the empire!
<2> - The Legions Undead - Bretonnia, a kingdom previously of great
beauty & tranquility. Now the dead all
across the land groan and writhe in their
tombs as peril befalls the land ...
>From the list below, select a career class for your character and include
that in your email.
4) Academic (cleric, druids etc.)
- these are only the basic choices the rest is determined randomly -
Once I've generated your character, I'll send a copy to you to keep
and modify between each turn. You'll then be required to send
a short and un-exaggerated piece on your characters background and
description matching your characters stats.
To play the adventure you'll need a map, I'll place a GIF map on an
FTP site and inform all users who've joined the adventure. Eventually,
once the adventure is complete, I'll compile it into a story and put
it on a couple of FTP sites & BBSes for others to see.
If you use PGP, please send your Public key along with your Email.
Looking forward to a pretty mad adventure ... the whole thing will
be pretty informal so tag along, it should be good (famous last
Date: Sat, 4 Mar 1995 22:25:58 +1000
From: Rhys Weatherley
Subject: File 5--"You all support child porn" and other rubbish
Frankly, I'm getting a little sick of views such as the following, which
seem to crop up with regularity in the free speech vs censorship debate:
> If you want it to be legal for people to use email, or web pages, or
> improvised FidoNets or whatever to send around JPGs of perverts raping
> 6 year olds, or detailed descriptions of rape/murder/torture fantasies
> with people's real names for the victims, or GIFs of people having sex
> involving excrement, carving knives, and/or animals ... well, then say
Brad Hicks was the author of that little gem, but there are many more
like it all the Net over.
Very few free speech supporters, myself included, want that kind of
crap distributed on the Internet or anywhere. Most of it takes an
actual physical crime to produce the information. It is therefore not
free speech by any stretch of the imagination. It is a crime, and
should be punished to the full extent of the law.
However, by raising these little gems, Brad and those like him do the
anti-Net-censorship movement a great disservice. Those are extreme
examples which are easily dealt with by after-the-fact complaints and
clean-up mechanisms, handing the perpetrators off to the cops at the
earliest opportunity. Before the fact scanning is not required, yet
S.314 certainly seems to require it.
It is all the other things, which are NOT extreme, which the free speech
advocates want people to be able to say and do without reprisal. Whilst
some of the non-extreme things may not be in the best of taste, they do not
involve physical crimes to make the information. Heavy handed control and
scanning is not required to deal with this. Personal choice, parental
supervision, kill files, and the unsubscribe function are plenty good
enough. Yet S.314 still seems to require scanning.
Raising the extreme examples twists the debate and paints the supporters
of free speech as criminals, and only serves to frighten those people who
do not understand the true implication of a monitored and scanned
society: "we may get rid of what most ordinary people don't like, but
what else will we get rid of in the process?".
I recently spent an interesting afternoon attending a panel on censorship
given by 4 Australian authors. The first 3 said a lot of very good
things about anti-censorship. The last, a very staunch Australian feminist,
gets up and says "I support free speech. However defamation is not free
speech." So far so good (more or less). Then she says "Pornography is
defamation against women. Therefore pornography is not free speech and
we should ban it, especially on the Internet". She was seeking to
redefine what she didn't like as something else so that she could ban it.
And this is a free speech supporter!
Interestingly, she trotted out all of the extreme examples (child porn,
degrading sex scenes, etc, etc, etc) to justify her case, snowing the
audience into thinking that all of it is like that. My efforts, and those
of a couple of others in the audience didn't really help to dissuade her.
Probably because we were men. :-( I left feeling that the rest of the
audience (mostly women) had bought her line, because they didn't realise
that she was using extremes to justify her case.
The danger that I see in S.314, and proposals currently before the Australian
Federal Government, is that they seek to blame first, ask questions later.
Yes, the word "knowingly" is in there, but how is that going to help the
Internet-on-a-shoestring provider pay their legal costs to point the finger
at their users? Will they go bankrupt trying to prove their aren't liable,
or will they get fined or go to jail because they are financial nobodies?
Make no mistake about it: the big Internet providers will be protected.
No one will bother hauling them into court. But the little providers will
get it in the neck because they are easy targets. Is this how we want
the future of law enforcement to operate? Targeting the weak because the
police can get away with it?
Eventually laws may be needed to deal with the extreme examples. But this
can only happen after we clear up the liability question. When police make
it a matter of policy of targetting users first, and only targetting
providers when evidence of conspiracy comes to light, then we can start
to have some sanity in laws about the net. Until then, S.314 and its ilk
are very dangerous things to have on the law books.
So, please cut the crap about the extreme examples. It isn't helping.
It merely diverts attention away from the real issues that free speech
advocates are trying to raise. Most of us do NOT consider the extremes
free speech. Stop trying to claim that we do.
Rhys Weatherley, President of BrisNet, an Internet service provider in
Brisbane, Australia. Also the head of the Australian Computer Society
and Electronic Frontiers Australia task force on "Freedom in Cyberspace".
E-mail email@example.com for details.
P.S. I have a lot of respect for the feminist movement and the quest for
equality. My intention was not to debate the merits of the feminist
movement but merely to point out that some people are using extremes
to sidetrack the censorship debate because of personal distaste for
certain things. In the long run, this is a diversion, not a solution.
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 1995 03:22:05 -0800
From: ceh@LELAND.STANFORD.EDU(Carey Heckman)
Subject: File 6--Alert #1: Fifth Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy
* WHY CFP
* WHAT'S NEW FOR '95?
* EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 24
* PAEAN TO UNSUNG HEROES
* THE WHOLE WORLD WILL BE WATCHING
* CONNECTING TO CFP'95
Never has the need for a conference on computers, freedom,
and privacy been so urgent.
New laws are being proposed. New commercial ventures are
being launched. New arrests are being made. New conceptions
(and misconceptions) are being spread by newspapers,
magazines, books, and broadcast media. New lawsuits are being
filed. New databases are being created.
In short, new threats are emerging and new crises are brewing,
all while new opportunities are evolving.
Exploring and better understanding the definition of our
rights at this crucial crossroads of the Information Age
requires a balanced public forum that includes participants
from computer science, law, business, research, information,
library science, health, public policy, law enforcement,
public advocacy, and others.
That's the Fifth Conference on Computers, Freedom and
Privacy. March 28-31, 1995. Burlingame, California.
WHAT'S NEW FOR '95?
If you have attended a previous Conference on Computers,
Freedom and Privacy, you have some idea of the high quality
and diversity of people the conference attracts as speakers
and attendees. CFP'95 continues that tradition, but breaks
new ground as well.
Topics: CFP'95 covers the critical issues of the day,
including those that touch on freedom of speech, privacy,
access to public records, freedom of association, and fair
access to computer and telecommunications technologies. The
program gives particular emphasis to how the growth of
computer and data communications into the mainstream expands
and threatens our freedoms.
Speakers: With more than half of the CFP'95 Program Committee
new to organizing the conference, it should come as no
surprise that CFP'95 is far from a gathering of the usual
Among this year's featured speakers are John Morgridge, chairman
of Cisco Systems; Roger Wilkins a Pulitzer Prize-winning
commentator for National Public Radio and Professor of History
and American Culture at George Mason University; Margaret Jane
Radin, a Stanford Law School professor and expert on property
law and political philosophy; and Esther Dyson, founder of EDventure
Holdings, editor of Release 1.0., co-chair of the National
Information Infrastructure Advisory Council's Information Privacy
and Intellectual Property Subcommittee, and among the leading
experts on computers, software, and computer communications in
Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Also included in the CFP'95 program are
* Kent Walker, the Assistant United States Attorney who
led the investigation and arrest of Kevin Mitnick.
* Brock Meeks, the journalist who defended himself from
an Internet libel lawsuit earlier this year.
* Pamela Samuelson, the University of Pittsburgh law professor
who co-authored the manifesto urging a radical redefinition
of legal protection for computer software.
* Roger Karraker, the director of the Santa Rosa Junior
College journalism program where the tension between
free speech and sexual harassment on computer bulletin
boards became a national news story.
* Virginia Rezmierski, the advisor on policy to the Vice
Provost for Information Technology at the University of
Michigan where Jake Baker was indicted for publishing a
story on the Internet.
Formats: The issues discussed at CFP'95 have two or more
sides, and rather than have panel of speakers after panel of
speakers, the session formats have been designed to showcase
different perspectives and stimulate audience interaction.
For example, Thursday afternoon features a Socratic forum on free
speech and responsibility, led by professional moderator Professor
Kim Taylor-Thompson of Stanford Law School. A Socratic forum assembles
experts from various disciplines who role play themselves in a
hypothetical scenario. The moderator fires questions and stokes
discussion between the experts to create a bright light of information
(as well as some white hot heat of controversy).
EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 24
Register this week to save as much as $175 in registration
fees. You can do this by mail, phone, fax, or electronic
mail. See the contact information below for how to get
PAEAN TO UNSUNG HEROES
Each Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy is a non-
profit, non-commercial event. CFP'95 is no exception.
Volunteer Coordinator Judi Clark has already assembled a
remarkable corps of volunteers who will be staffing the
registration desk, making sure sessions go smoothly, taking
photographs, and a host of other indispensable functions.
Many thanks in advance to Judi and the rest of the volunteers
for making CFP'95 possible.
THE WHOLE WORLD WILL BE WATCHING
Media Coordinator Scott Nicholas reports active press interest in CFP'95.
Requests for press credentials have already been received from national
newspapers, newsweeklies, broadcast media, foreign publications, and a
variety of trade magazines. Past CFPs have attracted CNN, the New York
Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today.
CONNECTING TO CFP'95
Registration and other information about CFP'95 is readily
available from many sources:
By WWW: URL=http://www-techlaw.stanford.edu/CFP95.html
By Gopher: www-techlaw.stanford.edu
By FTP: www-techlaw.stanford.edu
By Email: Info.CFP95@forsythe.stanford.edu
By Fax: (415) 548-0840
By Telephone: (415) 548-9673
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 1995 06:28:08 -0500
From: Kevin Douglas Hunt
Subject: File 7--CMC Magazine March Issue
The March Issue of COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION MAGAZINE
has hit the Web. Look for it here:
Here's a look at what's inside the March issue:
COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION MAGAZINE
ISSN 1076-027X / Volume 2, Number 3 / March 1, 1995
E-Literacies: Politexts, Hypertexts, and Other Cultural
Formations in the Late Age of Print
In her novel Pintamento, Lillian Hellman advises her best
friend Julia to "Take Chances!!" Now, it's your turn. Writer,
educator, artist, and hypertext theorist Nancy Kaplan presents us
with an intriguing challenge to explore the creative
possibilities of hypertext.
Are You Decent?
Senator James Exon's new Senate Bill, the Communications Decency
Act of 1995, is causing an uproar in the online community. Some
netizens are calling it the greatest challenge yet to the First
Amendment. Kirsten Cooke's news report sheds light on the issue
and the varied responses to it.
The Cutting Edge: News in Brief
Chief Correspondent Chris Lapham rounds up the latest in CMC
News: the seizure of a Finnish Postnews server by Interpol, the
resurrection of the WebAnts project, and the first G7
International Communications Policy conference.
Computer-Mediated Communication and Community
We are creating new worlds, and our imaginations and thoughts
will be the forces that colonize the electronic frontier: Steve
Jones's romantic vision of a wired society is artfully presented
in this introductory chapter from his new book of essays,
CyberSociety: Computer-Mediated Communication and Community.
Computer-Mediated Communication and the Online Classroom in
A look at the introduction to the second of three volumes by Zane
Berge and Mauri Collins, which examines computers in the
Well-Constructed Gophers: Is Your Gopher Golden?
The Internet Gopher has proven to be a popular tool for
delivering information, but how do you make a "golden" Gopher?
Jeff Kosokoff presents a schema for appraising and improving
Electronic Feedback: CMC Magazine Visits The Netoric Cafe
You are cordially invited to "eavesdrop" on the virtual debates
that followed our January special issue, "Previews, Predictions,
Prognostications." Various "technorhetoricians" met in MOOspace
to discuss pedagogical issues with Netoric founders Tari
Fanderclai and Greg Siering.
Cybersmith: Tales of the First Coffee Shop on the Infobahn
CMC Magazine Graphics Editor Jason Teague reviews what he calls
"the latest evolution of cyberspace," a coffee-klatch
establishment in Cambridge, Mass. called "Cybersmith." It's a
place where technojunkies go to combine the two C's which keep
them all moving -- computers and coffee, but in a public space
rather than a basement apartment.
From the Nets . . .
Women on the Web by Lisa Schmeiser
Of Style and Substance by Lisa Schmeiser
Vic Moberg responds to Laura Gurak's February Last Link.
The Last Link:
Ubiquitous Computing vs. Radical Privacy: A Reconsideration of
Consider Porush's Law: "Participating in the newest
communications technologies becomes compulsory if you want to
remain part of the culture." David Porush embarks on a Talmudic
journey toward understanding "future culture" in his response to
Steve Doheny-Farina's October, 1994 Last Link.
Kevin Hunt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Assistant Editor, *Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine*
Date: 02 Mar 95 16:48:17 EST
From: "Kelly L. O'Keefe" <76711.1476@COMPUSERVE.COM>
Subject: File 8--TIME WARNER ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Kelly Leonard O'Keefe, TWEP Publicity, 212-522-4643
TIME WARNER ELECTRONIC PUBILISHING ANNOUNCES
PARTNERSHIP WITH LEARN TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Product Development and Creative Partnership Deal Signed
NEW YORK, NY, March 2, 1995 -- A partnership between Time Warner
Electronic Publishing (TWEP) and Learn Technologies, Inc. (LTI), in
conjunction with Warner Books Multimedia Corp., a subsidiary of Warner
Books, Inc., has been announced today by Andrew Lerner, Director of
TWEP, and Luyen Chou, President and CEO of LTI. LTI's partnership
with TWEP, the multimedia arm of Warner Books and Little, Brown and
Company, has created Learn Technologies Interactive.
In tandem with TWEP, Learn Technologies Interactive will design,
develop and publish cutting-edge entertainment, educational and
informational multimedia CD-ROM products. Drawing on LTI founders'
experience in educational technologies and TWEP's content and
distribution resources, the partnership will focus on developing and
distributing interactive titles for home and institutional use. The
products will combine the production quality and design standards of
the most sophisticated interactive games with the latest in
interactive learning concepts.
"Educational products have largely failed to live up to their promise.
The partnership's goal is to create truly interactive products that
excite and provoke," said Chou. "We expect educational multimedia to
propel the rapid growth in CD-ROM sales the industry will see over the
next several years, and we intend to be at the forefront of this
Several titles are currently under development in collaboration with
museums, cable television networks, publishers and other information
providers. Release dates are scheduled for the 1995 holiday season. A
sampling of projects includes:
* Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, Electronic Edition-- 140 years in
the making, Bartlett's Familiar Quotations on CD-ROM expands the
concept of quotation to include picture, sound, and video quotes. The
powerful search engine gives easy access to 2,550 authors and over
20,000 quotations, making Bartlett's the '90s reference tool for
* Dynasty--A photo-realistic adventure game set in the tomb of Qin
Shi Huang Di, the first emperor of China. Playing the role of a daring
archaeologist, the user will solve riddles and brave ancient traps to
discover the tomb's secrets. Based upon the best scholarly guesses on
the contents and structure of this as-yet unexcavated site, the
program will also include an on-line library of Qin culture, Chinese
history, archaeology and historiography.
* A Search for Justice: CaseMaker I--The Rodney King Case--Created in
collaboration with Courtroom Television Network, L.P., the first title
in the series is based upon the Rodney King case. Users argue for the
defense or the prosecution by constructing multimedia presentations
from a wealth of primary materials on the CD-ROM. Seventh-graders,
Harvard Law students and practicing attorneys have already given
Casemaker an enthusiastic response.
"With LTI's creative talent, brain power, and academic know-how and
TWEP's content, acquisition and retail distribution power," commented
Lerner, "this partnership puts us in a tremendous position for the
future of entertainment and educational multimedia products."
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 1995 22:51:01 CDT
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