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Web of Deception

New Book Addresses Intentional Misinformation on the Internet

July 31, 2002, Medford, NJ — Information Today, Inc. announces the publication of Web of Deception: Misinformation on the Internet, edited by Anne P. Mintz with a foreword by Steve Forbes.

The book looks at the many ways in which intentionally misleading or erroneous information on the Web can wreak havoc on the health, privacy, investments, purchases, business decisions, and legal affairs of online users. Editor Mintz—Director of Knowledge Management at Forbes Inc.—brought together 10 information experts in order to illuminate the issues and help readers recognize and deal with a flood of deception and misinformation in numerous fields and subject areas. 

Contributors and chapters include:

  • Anne P. Mintz – “Introduction: Lies, Damned Lies, and the Internet”
  • Paul S. Piper—“Web Hoaxes, Counterfeit Scams, and Other Spurious Information on the Internet”
  • Susan M. Detwiler—“Charlatans, Leeches, and Old Wives: Medical Misinformation”
  • Helene Kassler—“It’s a Dangerous World Out There: Misinformation in the Corporate Universe”
  • Stephen E. Arnold—“Internet Users at Risk: The Identity/Privacy Target Zone”
  • Carol Ebbinghouse—“Charity Scams on the Web,” “Legal Advice on the Internet,” and “Remedies for Intentional Misinformation”
  • Lysbeth B. Chuck—“Welcome to the Dark Side: E-Commerce, Online Consumer, and E-Mail Fraud”
  • LaJean Humphries—“How to Evaluate a Web Site”
  • Susan Feldman—“This Is What I Asked For? The Searching Quagmire”
  • Elizabeth D. Liddy—“How a Search Engine Works”
  • Anne P. Mintz and Barbara Quint—“Endnote: What a Tangled Web We Weave”
Ari L. Goldman, Professor at Columbia University School of Journalism, said, “Over the last few years, we’ve all fallen in love with the Web. But romance has its limits—and its dangers. Anne Mintz and her team have written a compelling cautionary tale that commands our attention.”

Anne P. Mintz is Director of Knowledge Management at Forbes Inc., where she negotiates license agreements with online services, supervises online and Internet training, and oversees the corporate information center. She is an award-winning writer on information topics and a popular speaker at information industry events.

Advance Praise for Web of Deception

“Experts here walk you through the risks and traps of the Web world and tell you how to avoid them … Anne Mintz and her collaborators have done us a genuine service.”
—Steve Forbes, from the foreword to Web of Deception

“Anne P. Mintz and her contributors approach intentional misinformation thoughtfully, knowledgeably, and with a refreshing lack of hysteria. The book sparkles with insight, expertise, wit, and dramatic—if appalling—examples of deception on the Net.”

—Reva Basch, executive editor of the Super Searchers series of books, and author of Researching Online for Dummies

“Web of Deception is not merely essential for our cyber age, but quintessential.”

—Christopher Buckley, author of Little Green Men and Thank You For Smoking, and co-author of God is My Broker

Web of Deception Web of Deception: Misinformation on the Internet
by Anne P. Mintz
foreword by Steve Forbes

Web of Deception: Misinformation on the Internet is a CyberAge Book from Information Today, Inc. It is available in better bookstores everywhere through Chicago-based trade distributor Independent Publishers Group (IPG) or by calling the publisher at 800-300-9868 (outside the U.S. call 609-654-6266); faxing 609-654-4309; e-mailing, or simply click on the "Order Now" button (left). 

2002/278 pp/softbound
ISBN: 0-910965-60-9

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