Russian and New Zealand net users provide an overview of Internet access from their countries

From Russia, with packets:

How long have you used the Internet ?

During the current year.

What attracted you to the Internet in the first place ?

The possibility of getting into contact with high-intellectual people of civilized countries .

Do you regard yourself as an evangelist who tries to tell anyone who will listen what is so useful about the Internet?

No, I believe that Soviet society in general hasnít yet grown up to use Internet. The one who felt the necessity in modem communications will make it out without my help .

How much time do you spend in a day browsing information? Do you regard yourself as a collector of trivia - or are you able to avoid these distractions?

Somewhat round an hour a day and sometimes feel myself uncomfortable.

Whatís the best discovery you ever made on the Internet for yourself personally, and for your job ..?

The possibility of making business by means of Internet

What general direction is the Internet taking in Russia. eg: Commercial e-mail, commercial remote access computing, information systems etc.?

Local networks are used to provide business correspondence and commercial ads. Internet isnít practically used in Russia.

Whatís the biggest problem you face when using the Internet in terms of making it useful for what you want to do?

Thereís a great problem for me to orientate in plenty of news-groups which is provided by Internet. Only a short list of group names is available to me, rather then I would like to get the possibility to review any hierarchy on the current date by request and to have a detailed description of any newsgroup.

What would you like to see happen with the Internet in Russia from the point of view of individual users ..?

First of all, Internet should be available to any person who wants to use it. Now only few users have access to Internet, and I guess itís not only the problems of Russia.

Where does your service supply come from?

There are two network stations in our city that provide the access of institutions to the Internet. These stations in their turn are connected to Moscow stations.

How easy is it for "the man in the street" to get an account on the Internet... and what does it cost ...?

Our firm is the only one that support the access of private person to the Internet in our city. It costs rather expensive in comparison to the average salary in Russia (round $50.00).

What proportion of the Internet traffic in Russia is from academic sites, private subscribers, companies?

The main users of Internet are commercial companies, less academic institutes. Private persons practically donít use it.

How do you feel the Russian government is dealing with the issues surrounding the Internet: things like privacy, making the PTT service readily available?

Russian government doesnít run any policy with Internet.

How does the Russian press, radio and TV deal with the Internet? Does it mention it at all?

Now Russian newspapers just begin to use Internet in their business. Information about Internet appears only in special issues, but not at all in mass media.

Is hacking (unauthorised access and use) a problem in Russia?

No, it isnít. But to my mind big Russian banks take measures to block hacking in advance.

Is ISDN available in your country?

Yes.

Michael B. Elmov

michael@simvol.simbirsk.su


Up from down under: NZ

How long have you used the Internet?

About 3 years.

What attracted you to the Internet in the first place ?

Being able to find out good information on windows programming.

How much time do you spend in a day browsing information? Do you regard yourself as a collector of trivia - or are you able to avoid these distractions?

I spend about two hours a day reading news and replying to email.

What general direction is the Internet taking in NZ. eg: Commercial e-mail, commercial remote access computing, information systems etc.?

We pay for email here - the services are commercial, which I donít have a problem with but the monopoly suppliers to the commerical organisations is still the universities with their lack of efficiency etc... The worst thing is that the universities (or ours in particular) are trying to make totally unreasonable amounts of money, and since they are a monopoly (as above) there is no reason for them to be efficient. Sorry - but I really believe competition is important.

Whatís the biggest problem you face when using the Internet in terms of making it useful for what you want to do?

Not having access to FTP, PPP, etc...

What would you like to see happen with the Internet in NZ from the point of view of individual users ..?

I would like to see more people having access and cheaper overall access. I believe this is a very exciting medium and Iím really concerned that not enough is being done to promote it for normal users...

Where does your service supply come from?

Manawatu Internet Services.

How easy is it for the man in the street to get an account on the Internet... and what does it cost ...?

$60NZ ($36US) per year - plus $17 per meg of email. As easy as getting Manawatu Internet Services to set up an account. They are really good about this.

How do you feel the NZ government is dealing with the issues surrounding the Internet: things like privacy, making the PTT service readily available?

I donít believe that the government should have anything to do with providing these services. I havenít done a lot of thinking about government provision of these services, but I am 100% opposed to the government controlling areas where only competition will bring the best services to the customer. Govts are the worst providers of goods and services you could hope for!

We have a privacy act here which is a pain in the neck - you have to get permission from the person involved to do things, but I donít know too much about the Act itself - Iíve just heard about it from others.

How does the NZ press, radio and TV deal with the Internet? Does it mention it at all?

Very little, normally bad press about pornography on the Internet, which in my opinion is a minor problem - since I have been using the Internet for 3 years and have never seen any pornography and neither do I have any wish to. Itís very easy to keep away from.

Is your phone system reliable for modem communication throughout the country?

Yes - it is for me anyway. We have a private (i.e.: not Govt owned) Telecom, and since it has been sold the goods and services available in the telephone area have improved markedly!

Is ISDN available in your country?

Not yet.

Will it become a serious alternative method for shopping?

Yes - I hope so.

Stefan Olson

Internet Mail: stefan@olson.manawatu.gen.nz

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