WebWatch is the co-operative effort of two of Phnom Penh's most experienced Internet
David Lewis, of Telstra's Bigpond, and Bill Herod, information technology
consultant at the NGO Forum on Cambodia. Contact through: [email protected]
Search engines just keep getting better. Just a few months ago, an Internet user
had to map out a search strategy in order to avoid being presented with millions
of useless documents.
Now, search engines are becoming "smarter". Using a Google or Fast, for
example, you can simply type in several key words and phrases and quickly access
a list of relevant documents.
Google (the search engine now used by Yahoo!) even has a toolbar you can download
(free) and add to your browser. The Google toolbar will find your search terms, highlight
them in the documents (different colors for different terms) and enable you to easily
jump to the specific words you searched for (by allowing you to click on each of
your search terms from the tool-bar).
In some sites, you can even search within the site directly from the Google toolbar
without having to switch to a different program. The Google toolbar is especially
useful for complex searches where multiple search terms are used.
In search of Montagnards
The 24 individuals who recently entered Cambodia fromVietnam are members of ethnic
minority groups from Vietnam's central highlands. These groups are often collectively
known as Montagnards. The many different tribal groups are ethnically, socially,
culturally and linguistically distinct from the majority population and from each
There is a great deal of information on the Internet about these groups, especially
about their decades of struggle to maintain control of their traditional homelands
and to retain their cultural identity. The term Fulro (from a French acronym meaning
the Front for the Liberation of Oppressed Races) is frequently used to refer to this
resistance to outside control, whether organized or spontaneous. For information,
use any search engine to find "Montagnards", "Fulro" or search
for the names of individual tribes (e.g. Jarai, Bahnar, Koho, etc). To narrow your
search, add the word "Vietnam"
If you have ever had the experience of noting the Internet address of an interesting
page, then returning to it later only to find it had been deleted or moved, help
is here! A web site called iHarvest will make a copy of any page you want to save
and safely store it for you for future reference. Free registration at iHarvest will
give you 10MB of on line storage (enough for 100-150 web pages). You can file pages
in topical folders for easy retrieval. You can even link to such stored pages from
your own web site, eliminating the problem of "dead links". The site has
a toolbar you can download for easy integration with your browser, or you can simply
log into the web site and navigate from there.
Visit the new web sites of the Coffel (Coalition for Free andFair Elections) and
Adhoc (see addresses below).
Featured search engines
Fast search engine: www.alltheweb.com
Google search engine: www.google.com
Google toolbar: www.google.com/options/toolbar.html
Save The Montagnards - www.montagnards.org
Montagnard Foundation, Inc: www.montagnardfoundation.org
Montagnard Dega Association (not current): www.angelfire. com/mo/mdadega.