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

Net Cafe: Finding People Online (4/7/2000)

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Finding People Online (4/7/2000)

Whether you wish to track your ancestors or attempt to locate your bith parents, there are hundreds of free resources online to help.

Keywords: Episodes: 2000; finding; people

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Based in San Jose, CA, is using the World Wide Web to aid in the search for missing children by providing a site for law enforcement agencies to check country wide databases and for the civic minded individual a way to help.

The Mormon Church has spent years assembling an unparalleled collection of genealogical information. Now accessible online, this enormous database is one of the best online resources for finding your ancestors.

Voices of Adoption

Denise Castellucci's website was the result of finding two people: her birth parents. Voices of Adoption is a website that offers a place for people to share their stories, emotions of looking for, and finding (or not finding) their birth parents. Denise also has become an influential figure in the world of adoption and runs or involved in the following sites in connection to adoption.

Planet Alumni

Planet Alumni is a registry-based site designed to help alumni find each otehr and keep in touch. It has evolved into an online community where current students and alumni of high schools, universities, and Greek organizations can reconnect, get acquainted, network, or plan reunions. Similar sites have been recreated and customized for the members of the miltary community

Using the Web to find not just people but anything in the real world is a huge businsess online. One of leaders in the field is where you can look for a person's phone number, adress or email address. You can do the same for almost any business, plus get a map to adddresses you find, send gifts and what hotels or restaurants are nearby if visiting the address.

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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