Autori: Mihai Jalobeanu
Editorial: Promedia-Plus Cluj-Napoca, 1995.
In John Quarterman’s *The Matrix* (1990) there is a remark that there are „no known systems in Romania.” In 1994 there were 463 known hosts and last year there were 924 (see *MN* 5.11,
p. 8). If anything, this shows the profound effect of the downfall of totalitarian government. While I was at ISOC last June, it was clear that delegates from third world nations saw Internet access as a democratizing actor: a way of getting news in and out that was not filtered through government-run print, radio or video media.
Romania has thrust itself into Internet use in an extremely brief space of time. A herald of this is Mihai Jalobeanu’s *Internet: Informare si instruire* (Cluj-Napoca: Editura Promedia Plus,1995. Pp. 424. ISBN 973-96862-8-1. 11,500 lei [~US$?]). This is the first guide for Romanian users written in Romanian. Just how revolutionary Jalobeanu’s work is can be seen by referring to his bibliography: 11 pages of books, articles, and postings — all in English. In the examples, too, much is in English. Harvard is the exemplum for library access. However, I found Chapter 8 –Romanian resources for Internet access — and the accompanying
map absolutely thrilling (mysteriously, Constanta isn’t marked on it). Though many of the access points are universities, some aren’t. The commercial infiltration of Romania is visible here.
Jalobeanu has done an excellent job: one that must have been far more difficult than (say) Kehoe’s or Krol’s or Dern’s, because they had models in English to follow or to deviate from. To have produced the first work that can introduce international access
and liberalization to Romania is no mean trick. Not trusting to my reading ability, I leant the volume to a Romanian acquaintance: she reported it interesting and well-written.
Though there are occasional slips, they are few.
Peter H. Salus, 1996
Cuvinte cheie: computer network, Internet in Romania, communication tools, education