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e-Briefing

What's Hot

October 26, 2000

Thinking globally about elections. While we wrestle with the issues and media onslaught of the current U.S. election campaign, the World Wide Web reminds us that ours is only one of many battles for voters being waged around the world. Klipsan Press, which publishes historical books on politics, provides a worldwide perspective at http://www.klipsan.com. From there, you can click on a guide to upcoming elections just about anywhere. For example, in the next week, voters will be going to polls in Tasmania, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan and the Ivory Coast. The site also offers results and analysis of recent elections.

What's Not

Discussions about the current U.S. political campaign on the Usenet bulletin boards at http://www.deja.com/usenet. The Usenet has a proud history as an online place for people worldwide to state their opinions. But politics seem to bring out the worst in this service--abusers of the boards have loaded them with thousands of juvenile and even obscene messages that perpetuate unfounded rumors about both presidential candidates. The only hope is that these people are so busy posting messages that they will forget to vote.

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