Micro$oft Monitor

Published by NetAction Issue No. 16 November 3, 1997
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Congress Looks at Microsoft
Project Director Appointed
Talk About Microsoft
About 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, 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: . 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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