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New York Times: Yugoslavians Fear Web Will Be Cut Off
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Many of us have discussed the potential problem of government use of the
Internet (in particular, the possibility of a US government decision to
pull, say, ILibya's ccTLD out of the root server or shutting off IP
address blocks to Iraq) as a mechanism of military intervention or to
effect International political policies over the past several months,
but this is the first time it has appeared in a news story.
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FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES PRINT EDITION:
May 15, 1999
Yugoslavians Fear Web Will Be Cut Off
Albanians Killed as Kosovo Village Is Blasted Apart
Issue in Depth: Conflict in Kosovo
By CARLOTTA GALL
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Internet users rushed to send
last-minute E-mail messages at a downtown Internet cafe
after word circulated that the United States was going to cut
Yugoslavia from the World Wide Web.
"There was a rush here, and many people heard it was going to
down," said Borivoj Ivanovic, 23, a Web master at the
Center Maverick cafe.
The loss of access is just a threat. But Internet providers
here said they
worry that a partial shutdown of the Internet -- the lone
communication for many in Serbia -- is imminent.
Behind the fears is an Executive Order by President Clinton
effect on May 1, updating a 1998 order to prevent American
from dealing in goods, services and technology with
The effects have been almost immediate for companies like
an Internet provider and a software and hardware supplier in
Its general manager said he had been notified by some American
companies that he can no longer receive their services.
The Administration denied trying to cut the flow of
Yugoslavia and said it would not try to limit Internet access
The National Security Council has said information services
exempt from embargoes, but electronic commerce is not. The
performs both functions.