NET CAFE, from A to G (1996) Stewart Cheifet

Net Cafe: Crime and Justice (1999)

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Crime and Justice (1999)

As the Internet gets to be a bigger part of our lives, it's perhaps inevitable that it has gained some of the vices of life, too. Having been a relatively benign place to meet people and hang out, the Web is now somewhere that sees its fair share of criminal behavior, and an often helpful medium for gaining knowledge on the topic.


SF Chronicle

We talk with San Francisco Chronicle staff writer Jamie Beckett on the fact that it is incredibly easy to buy or sell goods online that are either dangerous, controlled or illegal. Will the law be able to catch up?

Wired News

As the Web becomes a place where fortunes can be made and lost, it is coming under ever closer legal scrutiny. Is the Web no longer a place where hackers can hang out with impunity? Is breaking into another person's Web site these days still seen as a bit of fun, or is it, as anti-hacker rhetoric sometimes suggests, just one step away from terrorism? James Glave's beat at Wired News on the Computer Underground gives us plenty of insight into the above questions.

Nolo Press

The Nolo Press is perhaps the best known US publisher of self-help materials relating to law. Their books on how to write a will, plan an estate, buy a house, and make personal injury claims are enormously popular given that they help you reduce spending money on lawyers. Now spreading the efforts to the Web, has become one of the best-regarded public legal resources around.


The Web has great potential to bring together people who share a concern with a particular kind of injustice. BullyBusters, is an organization using the Web to campaign for justice for victims of work place bullies, and has become one of the best resources online providing information and help for those experiencing such harrassment.

Picturing Justice

John Denvir and Rob Waring, two legal scholars, run a site dedicated to examining the portrayal of crime and justice in our society. Picturing Justice, the "on-line journal of law and popular culture" is a Web site that looks at how the law, criminals, and lawyers are portrayed in the movies, on TV, in novels, and in other areas of popular culture. It is a classic well-done, niche enthusiast's Web site.

Documentary Description

Net Cafe was the world's most widely distributed television series covering the Internet revolution during the height of the dot com boom. The series was broadcast throughout the United States and in more than one hundred other countries for six years, from 1996 through 2002. It was hosted by Stewart Cheifet, Jane Wither, and Andrew deVries.

The weekly program went behind the scenes of the World Wide Web to meet the people and explore the culture of the new "wired" generation. The series featured Internet tips, a guide to the best web sites, a preview of internet startups, and interviews with the movers and shakers behind the Internet phenomenon. It introduced many new web sites to the public which are now household names such as Yahoo!, Google, and eBay.

The series has been recognized for its journalistic excellence, winning a variety of prestigious broadcast awards. It was produced on location at various internet cafes around the Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Stewart's Bio

Stewart Cheifet has been called “the original TV techie” and “the dean of television computer journalists”. He pioneered the field over twenty years ago when he created and launched the award winning public television series “Computer Chronicles”.

He served as host and managing editor of “Computer Chronicles”. He also anchored another public television series devoted to the people, culture and business of the Internet, called “Net Café”. Both series were broadcast nationally and throughout the world in over 100 countries.

Stewart has been a guest commentator on technology for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and he hosted a weekly web-radio talk show called “Talking about this Week”, produced by in association with He also wrote and anchored a syndicated radio series about the Internet, “CyberTraffic Report”.

He has been a commentator, anchor, and emcee at many major technology events including Comdex TV News, the Computer Museum’s Computer Bowl, Discover Magazine’s Technology Awards, Upside’s Showcase, Upside’s Digital Living Room, Windows Magazine’s Win-100 Awards, and the Codie Awards for the Software Publishers Association and the Software Information Industry Association.

He frequently appears as a moderator and speaker at corporate events in the technology field, having worked with such companies as Acer, AutoDesk, Bay Networks, Boeing, Cable & Wireless, Commerce One, Hewlett Packard, IBM, KPMG, NetSuite, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Sybase, and others.

Stewart was formerly a correspondent for the PBS “Nightly Business Report” covering high-tech in the Silicon Valley and the Pacific Rim. He has worked in various capacities for ABC News and CBS News in major locations around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, London, and Paris. He served as President of PCTV, a company focused on media and technology and was also CEO of WITF, a diversified broadcasting and media company. He was also a Director at the Internet Archive, responsible for all audio and video content.

He has won numerous awards for his broadcast journalism work, including twelve awards from the Computer Press Association (CPA) and the CPA award for Best Individual Technology Television Program of the year. He was named by AdWeek magazine as one of the five most influential broadcast journalists in the field of technology.

Stewart wrote the foreword for the recently released book “Tech Trending”, published by John Wiley & Sons. Has also written for publications such as Windows Magazine, PC Magazine, Silicon Valley Magazine, Apprise Magazine, and Digital Video Magazine.

He is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in mathematics and psychology. He also holds a doctorate in law from Harvard University and he was a Benton Fellow in technology journalism at the University of Chicago.



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