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Last Update:
17.12.2001
[2001 Highs & Lows]
The Year in Review

Index:
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p 1 E-Mail
p 2 In Court and in Congress
p 3 Internet Companies
p 4 The Press
p 5 Strange Online
p 6 Random Stats
p 7 Domain Names
p 8 The Best Of
p 9 The SMS Awards
p 10 September 11

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Looking back at 2001 :
the Highs and Lows

There were more lows than highs online this year, shaped by the collapse of the dot-coms, the global economic slowdown and one of the saddest moments in American history, the terrorist attacks on September 11. Repercussions were felt all over the world as well as in every corner of cyberspace as people turned to the Net to reach out to each other for comfort, to be informed, to learn and to heal. New laws were written and have gone through Congress which will redefine our civil rights and freedom online for the sake of national security and Microsoft, in the middle of all of this, was let off the hook. Companies barely hanging on closed in the following months, as advertising spending dipped further. Throughout the year we watched our favorite press sites, e-commerce and Internet companies, cut back and too many, dissapear. Viruses spread as never before clogging servers and personal mail boxes, turning what used to be an enjoyable part of the Internet — spam notwithstanding — into a tedious chore. 

The highs of 2001?  Traffic doubled for news sites covering the War in Afghanistan, as the Internet became a mainstream media and a barometer of real opinions from real people. Brewster Kahle's fabulous Internet Archives and his Wayback Machine. A moving piece of American History as Ellis Island's immigrant records went online. A computer screensaver as a new kind of software to help scientists find a cure for cancer, and a simple PC, the Simputer, to help those in India lagging behind in technology. There was enjoyment in following the cell phone market and SMS services as they were so innovative and imaginative.  But really overall? It's been a tough year.

And ther's been a glimpse of what's to come next year, sadly, well at least as I see it, the end of a widely free Internet as the pay-for model sets in. Salon.com, Amercangreetings.com, Real Networks' RealOne/MusicNet are paving the way.


Here is n/e/tsurf's yearly selection of online news stories and events, facts and figures followed online day after day. By Emily Turrettini


p 1 E-Mail

p 2 In Court and in Congress

p 3 Internet Companies

p 4 The Press

p 5 Strange Online

p 6 Random Stats

p 7 Domain Names

p 8 The Best Of

p 9 The SMS Awards

p 10 September 11




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