Telecom Headlines -- Week of July 14 (II)

Gary Handman (
Fri, 18 Jul 1997 08:40:32 -0700 (PDT)

Title: House Approves Measure To Kill Arts Endowment
Source: New York Times <>(A15)
Author: Jerry Gray
Issue: Arts
Description: The House of Representatives passed an Interior Department
spending bill that includes a provision to abolish the National Endowment of
the Arts. The Senate has approved $175 million for the NEA and President
Clinton has promised to veto a bill that kills the Endowment.

Title: Finding Government Profit in Aid to the Arts
Source: New York Times <>(B1)
Author: Rick Lyman
Issue: Arts
Description: McKinsey & Company will release a new report today called "You
Gotta Have Art." The study found that Federal, state, county and city
spending on the arts in New York in 1995 totaled $197 million. Tax revenues
generated by the arts raised $761 million. "The idea behind the report is to
offer a businessman's approach to this, something that you just could not
quarrel with. If its returning a great benefit to the state, then you can't
argue with it," said a member of New York State's art council. The report
was done at the request of the New York State Council on the Arts and the
City of New York's Department of Cultural Affairs. It is based, in part, on
a forthcoming report by the Alliance for the Arts.

Title: Senators Defend Arts Agency
Source: Washington Post <> (D1)
Author: Jaqueline Trescott
Issue: Arts
Description: The NEA, threaten with extinction since 1992, has been
promised a new lease on life by the Senate appropriations subcommittee.
The House voted yesterday to end federal support for the arts, but the
Senate plans to save the Arts organization, along
with the National Endowment for the Humanities. A proposal has been
made to reauthorize both the NEA and the NEH for five years and give
them a modest increase over the $99.5 million budget the NEA is
currently funded for. Sen. Slade Gorton, chairman of the Senate
appropriations subcommittee, feels confidant that the proposal will go
through. "I have polled the members of the subcommittee and I don't
find any sentiment on the committee to end the endowment," said

Title: You've Heard of Soundscan, Now Read About Bookscan
Source: New York Times <>(D5)
Author: Doreen Carvajal
Issue: Publishing
Description: Soundscan brought computerized sales tracking and order to the
nation's pop music charts. Now the same company is preparing a similar
system for books. If successful, it would be a welcome relief in an industry
struggling with declining sales and bloated print runs.

Title: Porn Does the Internet
Source: Washington Post <> (A19)
Author: Daniel S. Greenberg, Editor of Science and Government Report
Issue: Internet Content
Description: For all the promises that computer and software companies
make about blocking software and ratings systems, cyberporn is here to
stay. Greenberg points out that it is the leading money maker on the
Internet, and that kids and hackers will always find a way to outwit the
authorities that try to control them.

Title: Software Leaders Taking Ratings Plans to Clinton
Source: Washington Post <> (C11)
Author: Elizabeth Corcoran
Issue: Internet Regulation
Description: Representatives from the high technology industry are
meeting President Clinton today to discuss strategies to use Internet
browsing software to allow parents to filter the material viewed by
their children. Two ratings systems will likely be discussed, but not
everyone believes that such systems are the answer. The American
library Association <>, for example, does not believe that
libraries should depend on filters to screen material for their
patrons. The ALA has posted "a list of more than 50 'great' sites for
children" at their home page. Other groups worry that such
ratings systems could be too restrictive or that they might not have
enough safe guards for children.

Title: Network Problem Disrupts Internet
Source: New York Times <>(A1)
Author: John Markoff
Issue: Internet
Description: Ignoring automated alarms for the best jelly doughnut he's ever
had, a computer operator at Network Solutions Inc., in Herndon, VA, threw
the Internet into chaos yesterday evening. Network Solutions maintains the
"master telephone directory" of cyberspace. The company's machines
transmitted bad addresses to ten other computers around the world that
handle the Internet's global network address system. Thousands of e-mail
messages were returned "unable to deliver" and many web sites were
inaccessible. But boy, oh boy, what a doughnut.

Title: Telecom Firm Begins Testing Internet Calling
Source: Wall Street Journal <>(A9C)
Author: Silvia Ascarelli
Issue: Internet/InfoTech
Description: Deutsche-Telekom AG will launch voice-to-voice Internet
telephony today. Neither party will need a computer to place a call, just a
touchtone phone and an access number. If successful, Internet phone calls
could mean greatly reduced prices for long distance calls.

Title: Senate Hits Computer Games Delete Button
Source: Washington Post <> (A10)
Author: Associated Press
Issue: Computer Games
Description: Last night the Senate approved a measure to remove computer
games from all government computers. The measure, which was passed
without objection, also bars the government from purchasing new
computers with games already installed on them. Sen. Lauch Faircloth
sponsored the amendment, commenting that the move will "save millions if
not billions in lost productivity." Games sited as particular problems
were "Solitaire" and "Global Thermo-Nuclear War," the later of which was
responsible for bringing the level of military alert to "Defcon 4"
178,000 times in the last week alone.

Title: Voluntary Or Not, Is It Censorship?
Source: National Journal <>(p.1490)
Author: William Schneider
Issue: V-Chip
Description: In Political Pulse column, Schneider examines the recent accord
on television ratings. "The deal raises an issue that sounds like a
contradiction in terms -- voluntary censorship." Networks "voluntarily"
adopted the new ratings system in return for promises from Members of
Congress that they would not legislate TV programming for three years.

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000