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Newsletter July 30, 2001
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AGENTLAND NEWSLETTER July 30, 2001
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o Editorial
o Agent News
o Articles of the week
o Download of the week
o Technologies
o Conferences - Workshops

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EDITORIAL
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Internet, your children's new playground

Internet has become an essential means of communication. At work, at home or while travelling, we use it for browsing, chatting, learning and pure amusement: it has become part of our daily life and as well as that of our children, who are getting connected at an ever earlier age. Unfortunately, Web pages aren’t always simple sites for fun or education. Part of the Internet is intended for adults only. So what about the children?

When parents with young children talk about the Internet, the same subjects come up very often: it is crawling with paedophiles, you keep stumbling across pornographic or extremist sites… These are legitimate fears because there are indeed many sites with this type of content easily accessible on the web. Of course, you could forbid your child to use the Internet, or only allow them to access safe sites downloaded to your computer. Efficient, but draconien! Let’s compare the Internet to everyday life… When your little one is outside, you can’t always be there to protect him or her, can you? But often other people are there to give them the same security: teachers, grandparents, friends etc. And if the same thing was possible on the Internet?

Today there are many efficient programs which block access to doubtful sites, acting in your name to protect your children. Known as “parental control software” or “parental filters”, they let parents decide what their children can see or not. This is software which once installed on your computer permanently filters undesirable content (except for users who have authorisation to surf freely). Your children can surf in peace: virtual policemen are keeping an eye out for them.

The filters available on AgentLand: http://www.agentland.com/Download/4Browsing_Agents/Filtering_agents_privacy_security


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ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
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> Enfish Onespace: tying it all together
http://www.agentland.com/pages/learn/articles/enfish.html
As the computer takes an ever greater place in your personal and professional life, keeping on top of all your different types of documents is becoming more and more urgent. Enfish Onespace could be just the tool for the job.

> Noa : a guardian angel on your desktop
http://www.agentland.com/pages/learn/articles/noa.html
For all those who can't afford to hire a full-time personal assistant, we have a solution: Noa. She will be your devoted virtual assistant, working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Besides, she doesn't need holidays - so how come that she is always so tanned?

> InfraNet : organize your personal web
http://www.agentland.com/pages/learn/articles/infranet.html
Build a little corner of the Web that perfectly matches your tastes with InfraNet. Customize groups of search engines and web sites that you use, so you always feel at home.

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AGENT NEWS
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A G E N T   U P D A T E S

>> Form Filling <<

> RoboForm
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/125.html
RoboForm, the agent that uses Identities containing your personal information to fill forms automatically, has been updated. Chinese form filling is now available, AutoFill and AutoSave process have been totally rewritten, the credit card number field has been extended to 18 digits to take into account UK Switch cardholders and RoboForm will no longer fill in fields that already have values.

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DOWNLOAD OF THE WEEK
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> DISCo Finder
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/18.html
With DISCo Finder you can submit multiple queries simultaneously to multiple search engines using plain-English or Boolean user defined keywords. The results can be visualized in a Search Tree and a Servers Tree.

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TECHNOLOGIES
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> An Internet Watch
http://mobile.timex.com/indexENTER.html
Timex has released "Internet messages watch" the first watch that allows the user to receive Internet e-mail, news, weather reports, sports scores, stock quotes, etc.
Having content sent from the web to your watch is easy and completely customizable. For instance, you can go to Yahoo.com, select Yahoo! Mobile alerts and then choose what you want to know and when you want it sent to the watch. Timex Internet Messenger also sets and maintains automatically accurate time, date, and time zone changes with the Flextime feature.

> Artificial passenger could make driving safer
http://www.newscientist.com/
An artificial passenger (AP) designed to make long solo journeys safer and more bearable has been developed by IBM. The software chats to you, chooses your music, tells you jokes - and sounds alarms when you foul up.
The AP is not an inflatable automaton that sits in the passenger seat. It's an intelligent presence packed into the dashboard electronics. The heart of the system is a conversation planner that holds a profile of you, including details of your interests and profession. When activated, the AP uses the profile to cook up provocative questions such as, "Who was the first person you dated?" via a speech generator and the in-car speakers.

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CONFERENCES - WORKSHOPS
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> Workshop on Mobile Agents
http://www.congresbcu.com/ep-bcu.htm
The 3nd International Workshop on Mobile Agents for Telecommunication Applications (MATA'2001) will be held on August 14-16, 2001 in Montreal, Canada.
The aim of the workshop is to provide an opportunity for researchers, software and application developers, and computer network technologists to discuss new developments on the mobile agent technology and applications. The workshop will focus on mobile agent issues across the areas of network management, mobile applications, Nomadic computing, feature interactions, Internet applications, interactive multimedia, Tele-learning applications, and Computer Telephony Integration.

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