cover image Web of Deception: Misinformation on the Internet

Web of Deception: Misinformation on the Internet

Steve Forbes. Information Today, $24.95 (278pp) ISBN 978-0-910965-60-6

There's a vast amount of intentionally misleading and erroneous information on the Web, says Anne P. Mintz, the director of knowledge management at Forbes Inc. To help readers recognize and deal with this problem, she has gathered 10 contributors to write Web of Deception: Misinformation on the Internet. The authors-who range from database experts to consultants to librarians-examine various pitfalls casual Internet users and professionals should watch out for. The subjects include e-commerce fraud, Web sites that ""play doctor,"" identity theft, charity scams and more. One of the book's most revealing chapters is librarian LaJean Humphries's explanation of how to evaluate a Web site. She suggests considering who wrote the site's content, how often it is updated and if the document is well written. A ""webliography"" lists sites that offer quality information (among them, and Mintz's wise book will be of great help to parents, educators and every Internet surfer.