Eric Nehrlich, CyberGroupie
This page has not been updated for around 7 years, so most of the
links are out of date and useless. However, it does provide an
interesting snapshot of my thoughts about internet issues back in the
heady days when anything
was possible. Probably the most interesting thing on this page is
a piece I wrote back in 1993 or so about Forming Communities in Cyberspace.
I'm a bit out of touch at the moment (Oct. 16, 1995) with all the
cyber-politics, free speech, dumb politician tricks going on at the
moment, so I was glad to see a
page recently in the CuD that is getting me back
Old outdated stuff that I'm too lazy to remove
For netizens out there, I'd like to draw
more attention to the petition
to help Senator Leahy fight the Communications Decency Act. It will
take only a couple minutes to sign it, and they can use all the support
they can get.
Welp. Too late - it passed the Senate 84-16. Here's a copy of my running commentary on the Senate debate as I read
it online at VTW. Still,
the battle will hopefully continue in the House and the VTW page will
keep track of what's going on.
I have always been interested in computers and networking and cyberspace
and things like that, and the Web is just wonderful in that it lets me
indulge these habits to a shameful limit. Anyway, here are links to
several sites that cater to my cyber-habit.
This is a list of various seminar series at Stanford which are mostly
concerned with computer related issues that I drop in on occasionally
when the speaker looks interesting. This entry is mostly here for my
This is a really interesting e-mail column, written by Nathan Newman and
Anders Schneiderman, which takes on a variety of topics each month.
Ethics and Law on the Electronic
This is a terribly interesting class offered at MIT. Not only that, but
it has a great deal of its info (From class notes to online
discussions to course readings) available via the web, which allows me
to follow a great deal of the content of the course. Neat stuff.
Phil Agre is one of the most thoughtful commentators on the current
state of the net. He publishes the Red Rock Eater news service, where
he sends posts that he finds interesting out to the subscribers, as well
as The Network Observer, a monthly newsletter where he muses over
several topics, looking at them in depth.
Wired Magazine is one of the cooler magazines I've found. Although it
gets a bit tedious at times, since they try so utterly hard to be hip,
that they sometimes fail completely, I like the layout for the most
part, and most of the articles interest me greatly. And heck, all
cybergroupies read it :). (6/24/96)The primary thing I'm reading from
Wired Magazine these days is their Netizen section, and that's
primarily to keep up with Brock Meeks, writer of Cyberwire
Electronic Frontier Foundation
The EFF is one of the few organizations which both has an understanding
of computers and networking, and the willingness to fight for what they
think is right. Many people are convinced the EFF sold out when they
moved their headquarters inside the Beltway to Washington, D.C., but I
think they still are more on the ball than most if not all other
"cyberspace" organizations. Warning: Seems to take a long time to
Computer Professionals for Social
This is one of the other groups who has it as together as the EFF. I
respect them both. Soon as I start making money, I will probably even
become a paying member of both.Warning: Seems to take a long time to
Computer Underground Digest
CPSR Announce list
Highly relevant newsgroups which I read. Check 'em out if you're
interested in cyberspace, the net, its advantages, and its risks. The
Computer Underground Digest also has a web site
of its own now.
Random other stuff
This is random other stuff which has been floating around my directory
for years, but I never had any real reason to keep it around. Now, of
course, it fits into my grand plan and fits here on my web page. Well,
kind of. If you push hard enough, and apply excessive force.
- Virtual Community Essay
- This was an essay I wrote for some contest I heard about somewhere
involving the future of cyberspace. I decided to write about virtual
communities since I had some experience with those, and although the
essay isn't great, it still has some ideas that I like even now.
- Howard Rheingold's
- Speaking of virtual community, Howard Rheingold wrote a book
called "The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier"
which I read and thought was pretty accurate at capturing the flavor of
life on-line. Anyway, I happened to run across his home page, and
thought it was pretty neat, so here's a link to it. Rheingold also
started up a discussion web site called Electric
Minds as a test of some of virtual community theories I think.
- Collection of journals about the net
- This is a list of several journals about the net that I dug up
someplace and keep around for when I am not getting enough email (which,
of course never happens, but it's a thought). Sorry it's not html'ed
but I'm too lazy.
- Among the best of the columnists of the net is Brock Meeks, and
CyberWire Dispatch is his column. Some of the more recent columns are
mighty scary as they portray a government clearly out of touch with
aspects of the net community they want to regulate.
- List of
- This is a list of services available via the internet. I finally
found out where they keep WWW copies of it, so now this is a real link
instead of just my old copy of it.
- Sorta like Harper's Index for the Internet.
Eric Nehrlich's WWW home page / email@example.com