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M$ Monitor: Congress Looks at MS

  The Micro$oft Monitor
  Published by NetAction          Issue No. 16               November 3, 1997	
  Repost where appropriate. Copyright and subscription info at end of message.
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  In This Issue:
  Congress Looks at Microsoft
  Project Director Appointed
  Talk About Microsoft
  About the Micro$oft Monitor
  Congress Looks at Microsoft
  The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to examine Microsoft's marketing
  of the Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser when it meets Tuesday, Nov. 4, to
  look into software industry competition.  The committee is chaired by
  Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, whose state is home to Novell and
  other software companies that have complained about Microsoft's
  anti-competitive business practices.
  NetAction has submitted its research findings to the Senate Judiciary
  Committee, along with the anecdotal information that Monitor readers have
  forwarded in recent weeks regarding their experiences with IE and other
  Microsoft products.  If you have information that may be relevant to the
  committee's review of Microsoft's IE marketing practices, please phone the
  committee office today, at (202) 224-5225. 
  Project Director Appointed
  I'm pleased to announce the appointment of Nathan Newman as Project Director
  for NetAction's Consumer Choice Campaign.  Nathan joins NetAction today, and
  will be responsible for monitoring developments related to Microsoft's
  anti-competitive business practices, conducting research, drafting reports
  and articles for the Micro$oft Monitor, and expanding NetAction's grassroots
  outreach to Internet users. 
  Nathan has a long history of research and organizing for consumer
  and social justice movements.  A co-director of the University of California
  Berkeley's Center for Community Economic Research from 1991-1996, he helped
  pioneer use of the Internet in support of grassroots organizing and
  education, receiving notice for his work in the New York Times, Business
  Week, the Washington Post, CNN, USA Today, the Nation and C-SPAN.  
  Nathan is completing his doctoral work at UCB, where his research has
  focused on the emerging role of information technology in shaping the
  economic geography of regions.  His writing on Internet commerce has
  appeared in MIT's Technology Review, State Tax Notes, and a range of
  community magazines.  He is also an editor and columnist for E-NODE
  <http://www.igc.apc.org/e-node/>, an electronic newsletter on the social and
  economic implications of the Internet.  He was a featured speaker at a
  conference sponsored by the Association of Bay Area Governments, and the
  annual conference of the California State Associations of Counties.  He
  recently participated in a debate on THE WEB television show that explored
  the implications of taxation on Internet commerce.
  Talk About Microsoft
  A lively online discussion about Microsoft has been initiated on AM-INFO, an
  unmoderated E-mail list established by Essential Information in conjunction
  with the Appraising Microsoft conference scheduled for November 13-14.
  The list was set up in part to provide up-to-date information about the
  conference, but the intent was also to provide a forum for people interested
  in a dialogue on Microsoft's global strategy, which will be examined in
  detail at the conference.
  To join the dialogue, send an E-mail message to: <listproc@essential.org>.
  In the message body, type: <subscribe AM-INFO [first name] [last name]>.
  You can also subscribe from the Appraising Microsoft Web site, which is at:
  <http://www.appraising-microsoft.org>.  Messages posted to the list are also
  archived on the site.
  About The Micro$oft Monitor
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  the Consumer Choice Campaign <http://www.netaction.org/msoft/ccc.html>.
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