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I just returned from a wonderful trip to California and Vancouver.  It's amazing how California has changed since I moved away in 1991 (I'm a native of Los Angeles).  The economy is booming, housing prices are skyrocketing, universities are expanding--a far cry from most of the other places I've been the last few years. Vancouver was gorgeous, though rainy, and the weather is pretty nice in Cairo this time of year too.

Here are a few miscellaneous links. Please continue to send interesting info and links.


Is the digital divide a race or class issue?  See an article in Salon

David Bolter (author of Writing Space: The Computer, Hyptertext, and the History of Writing) has a new book out (co-authored with  Richard Grusin and published by MIT Press.  It's also available online at:

Teacher-to-Teacher conference on language teaching is being held in Abu Dhabi May 3-4.  For information, see: or contact Zafar Syed at

Literary Hypertext: The Passing of the Golden Age by Robert Coover:

DIGITAL THINKING: Page Versus Pixel:

Written on the Web, by Carolyn Guyer: <>

Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainable Development:

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A Cross-Language System Evaluation activity is now being launched in Europe. ...The Cross-Language Evaluation Forum (CLEF) will run three main evaluation tracks in 2000, testing multilingual, bilingual and monolingual (non-English) information retrieval systems. There will also be a special sub-task for domain-specific cross-language evaluation. For further information, see <>.

The January issue (Vol. 3, Issue 1) of Educational Technology & Society, (ISSN 1436-4522) peer-reviewed online journal, is now available in HTML and PDF format. It is freely accessible at:

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