Internet Information Sources - Quantity vs. Quality

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Waite, David A.   (1998, ASQ)   ILX Systems, New York, NY

Annual Quality Congress, Philadelphia, PA    Vol. 52    No. 0
QICID: 10705    May 1998    pp. 344-348
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Article Abstract

Users of the vast resources of the Internet should be vigilant in checking the reliability of its information. The American Society for Quality offers a risk-free ASQNET site that provides society information, discussion forums, a member registry, and links to other information sources. However, there are risks in using the Internet, especially given its size and quick growth. This collection of computer networks has grown from four host computers in 1969 to over 19 million in 1997. The most reliable of these sources are those run by known businesses, societies, and government agencies, whose web addresses end in ".com," ".org," or ".gov." Sites run by universities, whose addresses end in ".edu," provide links to serious researchers and to the personal home pages of students, the quality of which depends on the individual. News groups, mailing lists, and discussion forums are especially in need of some caution. Downloading of files brings the risk of being infected with computer viruses. Use of e-mail brings the risk of being inundated with messages from extended distribution lists. Some e-mail experiences also can harm the credibility and privacy of those who forward messages. Given all these potential risks, the Internet user should confirm or double check the sources of web-based information.

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American Society for Quality (ASQ),Electronic mail


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