April, 2004

Internet Applications: The Emerging Global Computer
53 pages

This report examines the current state of Internet applications, organizes key issues and puts them in context, and succinctly explains how the technologies work.

As a global, distributed interface, the Web is enabling and inspiring better graphics and interface tools, more efficient email, methods of combating viruses, worms and parasitic computing, ways to authenticate people and data, and advanced methods of finding relevant information from vast digital resources.

Key research efforts are aimed at finding better ways to index the Web, enabling users to search the Internet and other repositories of information like databases at once, and finding better ways to visualize the vast collections of data that modern technology makes possible.

It is clear that the Internet is boosting communications abilities, fostering new forms of commerce, enabling new types of research, and increasing political mobilization. It is less clear how conflicts among security, privacy, e-commerce and freedom of expression will ultimately play out.

The report includes an executive summary, a list of 14 developments to look for as these cutting-edge technologies take shape, and a section of 21 researchers to watch, including links to their Web pages. It also includes a quick tour of 42 recent developments and a section of 36 in-depth news stories from TRN.

The main report contains the following sections: Wired, The Web experience, Web users as science subjects, Preserving the information commons, Being seen and being heard, Email, All in the presentation, Homing in, Mapping the information space, Leveraging text, More than just words, Getting the picture across, Supercomputers on demand, The new infrastructure

The in-depth news stories are organized into the following categories: Web Use, Privacy, Security, Email, Web tools, Search, Visualization and simulation, Grid computing

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Report Sections

Executive Summary:
291 words

Main Report:
3,926 words

How It Works:
734 words

In-Depth Stories:
36 stories, including 1 image

Table of Contents:

Main Report
The Web experience
Web users as science subjects
Preserving the information commons
Being seen and being heard
All in the presentation
Homing in
Mapping the information space
Leveraging text
More than just words
Getting the picture across
Supercomputers on demand
The new infrastructure

How It Works

The deep Web
The Semantic Web
Comparing text

In-Depth Story Categories
Web Use
Web tools
Visualization and simulation
Grid computing

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