Web of Deception: Misinformation on the Internet / Edition 1

Web of Deception: Misinformation on the Internet / Edition 1

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by Anne P. Mintz, Steve Forbes
     
 

As the Internet has become flooded with untrustworthy information, some of which is intentionally misleading or erroneous, this book teaches Web surfers how inaccurate data can affect their health, privacy, investments, business decisions, online purchases, and legal affairs. Bringing together the world's leading information-age observers, analysts, writers, and… See more details below

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As the Internet has become flooded with untrustworthy information, some of which is intentionally misleading or erroneous, this book teaches Web surfers how inaccurate data can affect their health, privacy, investments, business decisions, online purchases, and legal affairs. Bringing together the world's leading information-age observers, analysts, writers, and practitioners, this analysis reveals the Web as fertile ground for deception and misinformation. These experts provide hard-won advice on how to recognize misinformation in its myriad forms and disguises. Included are an array of tips on how to evaluate Web sites for quality and bias, checklists for navigating the Internet more effectively, and advice for those who have been duped.

Author Biography: Anne P. Mintz has taught online database searching at the Columbia University Graduate School of Library Service. She is currently the director of knowledge management at Forbes, Inc. She lives in New York City.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780910965606
Publisher:
Information Today, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
278
Sales rank:
1,455,092
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordxiii
Acknowledgmentsxv
Introduction: Lies, Damned Lies and the Internetxvii
Chapter 1Web Hoaxes, Counterfeit Sites, and Other Spurious Information on the Internet1
A Rough Taxonomy1
Counterfeit Web Sites2
Suspicious Web Sites6
News7
Disinformation8
September 11, 20019
Subject-Specific Misinformation11
Science and Health Information11
Business12
Fictitious Sites13
Parodies and Spoofs14
Entertainment17
News Groups--LISTSERV and UseNet17
Hacks18
One Person Gathers What Another Person Spills18
Where to Go for Help20
Countermeasures22
Chapter 2Charlatans, Leeches, and Old Wives: Medical Misinformation23
Please--Don't Help!25
Who Says and Why?25
Ouch!28
For One Thin Dime, One-Tenth of a Dollar31
Doctor? Who Needs a Doctor?34
Speaking Out of Both Sides of the Mouth36
You'll Need a Prescription for That37
One Last Villager38
When Does Breaking Health News Become Permanent Information?39
Avoiding the Charlatans41
Checklist for Ordering Medicines Online (Carol Ebbinghouse)46
References48
Chapter 3It's a Dangerous World Out There: Misinformation in the Corporate Universe51
A Long History of Deception53
The Wicked Web They Weave54
Battling Elusive Rumors: Meet John Doe; Sue John Doe55
Sometimes It Is the Technology57
Pump and Dump--the Internet Way58
And Sometimes It Is the Company60
Other Tricks of the Trade61
Web Sleight of Hand63
General Net Confusion63
No Escape from a Dirty Web of Deception65
Will the Real Price Please Stand Up?65
The Dangers When Business Becomes Personal65
Rewriting Boundaries Electronically66
Keeping Up with Mouse Capers67
Prime Pickings for Bonnie and Clyde70
Where to Go for Help71
Countermeasures73
Chapter 4Internet Users at Risk: The Identity/Privacy Target Zone75
Monitoring Action77
Data Mining78
The Lingo of Security78
More Silence, Please81
"Virtual" Criminals82
U.S. Military's Use of Social Security Numbers83
Old and New Crime Blend83
People: The Weak Link in Security84
Ignorance Equates to Vulnerability85
Mathematics and Privacy Empower Data Mining89
Legislation or Technology?93
References95
Chapter 5Brother Have You Got a Dime? Charity Scams on the Web97
The Watchdogs100
Businesses Give, Too103
Using the Web to Avoid Charity Scams105
When to Suspect a Scam108
How to Report a Possible Charity Scam109
References111
Chapter 6Welcome to the Dark Side: How E-Commerce, Online Consumer, and E-Mail Fraud Rely on Misdirection and Misinformation113
The Nigerian Letter: E-Mail Brings a Deadly Worldwide Scam into Your Home114
Web-Based Fraud: You Can Even Get It Retail116
Who's in Charge?119
Whose Laws Apply?122
What Can the Feds Do?123
What Can--or Can't--the States Do?124
Around the World Wide Web with Credit Card ... and Caution125
What to Watch Out For129
Going, Going, Gone for Good130
The Dirty Dozen132
Other FTC Activities137
Countermeasures139
Checklist for Consumer-Friendly Web Sites143
Where to Go for Help146
References148
Chapter 7Make Sure You Read the Fine Print: Legal Advice on the Internet149
How to Locate Legal Information on Your Own154
How to Evaluate Professional Advice Sites on the Internet157
How to Evaluate Web-Based Directories of Professionals160
Recommended Reading162
Lawyers Meet the Net162
Legal Advice Sites162
Privacy Concerns163
Evaluating Legal Web Site Quality163
Chapter 8How to Evaluate a Web Site165
Factors to Consider165
Looks Can Be Deceiving169
Sources of Web Reviews170
Sites to Help You with Evaluation170
The Critical Factor171
You Decide173
Chapter 9This Is What I Asked For? The Searching Quagmire175
Deceptive Advertising Practices175
The Danger of Hidden Assumptions177
What's Going On Behind the Curtain?178
Outside Influences: Pernicious and Otherwise179
Misconceptions That Lead Us Astray180
Search Engine Assumptions About Searchers186
What Are We to Do?190
Recipes and Recommendations for Better Searching191
Is It Bias or Selection?192
A Quick Guide to How Search Engines Rank Pages194
Games Webmasters Play195
Chapter 10How a Search Engine Works197
Document Processor198
Query Processor201
Search and Matching Functions204
What Document Features Make a Good Match to a Query205
Summary207
Chapter 11Getting Mad, Getting Even, Getting Money: Remedies for Intentional Misinformation209
Getting Mad: Where and How to Complain209
The First Place to Complain209
Alternative Dispute Resolution210
Complaining to the Agencies212
Getting Even: The Revenge Web Site214
Getting Money: The Court Is Now in Session215
Evaluating Your Chances for Success218
Where to File Suit218
Intentional Misinformation: Fraud Actions221
Countering a Cybersmear of Your Company222
Government Agencies and Nongovernmental Organizations225
General Sites225
Government Agencies (Many with Online Complaint Forms)225
Industry and Self-Regulation Agencies226
References228
Endnote: What a Tangled Web We Weave229
Webliography235
Contributors247
Index253

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