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COMMUNET  October 1998, Week 2

COMMUNET October 1998, Week 2

Subject:

Internet comes to Sri Lanka, but few can afford it

From:

John Walker <[log in to unmask]>

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Date:

Thu, 8 Oct 1998 11:59:54 -0400

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On-Line Learning Series of Courses 

Starting 15 October 98
More information and registration at:

http://www.networx.on.ca/~jwalker/course.htm

How to Search the World Wide Web Level 2
Creating web pages with HTML Level 1
Creating web pages with HTML Level 2
Effective Use of E-Mail
Using Eudora Pro Level 2
Using Pegasus Mail for Windows Level 1
Using Netscape Messenger Level 1
Using Netscape Messenger Level 3
Using Netscape Messenger Level 4 (a)

Minimum system requirements are a 386 computer with 8 Megs
of RAM, Internet connection and modem, enough hard disk
space to run the programs. Lessons should take no more
than 45 minutes per day to complete.

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Internet comes to Sri Lanka, but few can afford it

Copyright  1998 Nando.net
Copyright  1998 Reuters News Service

http://www.techserver.com/newsroom/ntn/info/100798/info6_15330_nofram
es.html

COLOMBO (October 7, 1998 12:26 p.m. EDT http://www.nandotimes.com) -

Thanks to financial constraints and a low degree of computer
literacy, only one in about 750 Sri Lankans trawls the Internet, an
expert said on Wednesday.

"At the present growth rate it may take at least another 10 to 20
years for the general public to identify it as a powerful
communication medium," Central Bank systems engineer Chanuka
Wattegama told a two-day conference on information technology.

The Sri Lanka Telecommunication Regulatory Commission puts the
number of the country's Internet users at about 25,000, but Internet
and e-mail accounts numbered only 12,109 by June this year, he said.

Across the globe, by comparison, there are almost 97 million users
of the World Wide Web, U.S. market researcher International Data Corp
estimates. It sees this figure climbing to 320 million by 2002.

Wattegama said a recent survey of 3,351 people, some 80 percent of
them students aged between 12 and 20, showed only 4.89 percent of
the respondents had a clear idea what the Internet is.

"According to the survey results, the low usage is principally due
to financial reasons and low computer literacy leveles and not
because of any hostile feelings about Internet," Wattegama said.

The survey showed 73.5 percent of the respondents considered the
Internet important as a communication medium and 48 percent said it
should be given prominence in the school curriculum.

Sri Lanka has a population of just over 18 million.

---------------

Also in this issue:

- The Y2K Problem - An Interview with Karen Anderson
    This month we're going to do something very different. There has
    been so much talk - and hype - about the Y2K (or year 2000)
    problem, that we decided to devote this issue to it. In other
    words, we're not looking at an individual scam, but at a
    potentially huge area ripe for scams.
- Canada leads the way with crypto policy
    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's
    conference on electronic commerce begins in Ottawa today. The
    organization's 29 members, including economic heavyweights like the
    United States, Britain and Germany, are all at varying stages in the
    development of electronic-commerce technologies and policy. However,
    with Ottawa's announcement of its new cryptography policy last
    Thursday, Canada goes into the meeting as one of the undisputed
    leaders.
- Internet comes to Sri Lanka, but few can afford it
    Thanks to financial constraints and a low degree of computer
    literacy, only one in about 750 Sri Lankans trawls the Internet, an
    expert said on Wednesday.
- Learning Spanish online
    For English speakers, Spanish is among the easiest foreign languages
    to learn. But can a software program alone help you achieve fluency?
- Seven Traits of Highly Desirable Web Workers. (If You've Got Them
  All -- Name Your Price)
    To enter a U.S. lottery drawing, you choose several numbers from a
    much larger pool of possibilities, and you buy a ticket. To win the
    jackpot, your numbers must match the combination drawn exactly. Some
    lottery regulars swear you can use formulas to better your chances
    of success. In reality, of course, the odds of winning big remain
    millions to one. The odds of finding the perfect Web executive or
    tech marketing guru to fill key start-up positions are better. But
    not much.
- New Lists and Journals
    * CHANGE:  Fort Family--Military Family Support List
    * NEW:  PTO--Parent Teacher Organization List
    * NEW: Knittingnews - Knitting Newsletter With Free Patterns




On-line Learning Series of Courses
http://www.networx.on.ca/~jwalker/course.htm

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