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Issue no. 122 - 7 July 1999
Issue no. 121 - 25 June 1999
Issue no. 120 - 14 June 1999
- EU - European Council decision on a charter of fundamental rights
The European Council has decided to establish a Charter of fundamental rights in order to make their overriding importance and relevance more visible to the Union's citizens. A draft should be elaborated in advance of the European Council in December 2000. (Presidency Conclusions, Cologne European Council, 3 and 4 June 1999).
Issue no. 119 - 7 June 1999
- Information Society studies and services
The European Commission, DG XV, has published a call for expressions of interest for the provision of studies and consultancy services within the fields of Information Society, media and commercial communication(OJ No. S 102 of 28.5.1999, p. 40).
- UNESCO Observatory on the Information Society
Created by UNESCO, the Observatory on the Information Society's main objectives are to raise awareness on the ethical, legal and societal challenges brought about by new technologies. It aims, in particular, to provide information from around the world on the information society, access to public information, privacy and confidentiality, content regulation and multilingualism.
Issue no. 116 - 1 May 1999
- USA - Clinton Net advisor: Help us shape policy
The Clinton administration's No. 1 Internet advisor called on technology companies to help the government hammer out future policy. Elliot Maxwell, who took over as special advisor to the Secretary of Commerce on the digital economy late last year, said companies need to participate in the process if they want their voices heard.
Issue no. 115 - 24 April 1999
- UK - Royal warning on Internet porn
The Duke of Edinburgh has warned of the danger of the Internet being exploited by pornographers and other criminals. Speaking during the royal visit to South Korea, he said technicians, computer programmers and managers needed to be trained in ethics and morality. He said: "The Internet is a fantastic development but it is difficult to estimate the harm it can do when it is exploited by the peddlers of pornography and other crooks.
Issue no. 112 - 12 March 1999
- USA - Republicans Mock Gore's Internet Claim
House Republicans gleefully pounced on Vice President Al Gore's televised remark that he had taken "the initiative in creating the Internet." The Internet has its origins in U.S. defense research in the 1960s, although it has only become widely available in the past few years.
Issue no. 111 - 8 March 1999
- USA - Net Caucus eyes future of the Net
The Internet Caucus is developing "a broad foundation act," designed to act as a blueprint for the global development of the Internet, which could hit Congress as early as spring. Encouraging the rollout of broadband Internet access could be a cornerstone of that legislation, which would "not be a regulatory measure, but instead will be a measure to promote growth and development."
Issue no. 110 - 3 March 1999
- France goes head to head with U.S. over Internet law
France is calling for a new round of trade negotiations for electronic commerce at the World Trade Organization in an effort to bring better legal certainty for issues as diverse as consumer protection and Internet domain names.
Issue no. 107 - 8 February 1999
- USA - Burns unveils 'digital dozen' bills
Sen. Conrad Burns, sponsor of the ill-fated encryption policy bill, said he will introduce the bill for a third time in the upcoming weeks -- along with a group of other tech-related legislation including a comprehensive consumer online privacy bill.
- USA - Netcos Descend on Capitol Hill
(The Industry Standard)
Six "pure" Internet companies have formed a lobbying group to press an independent agenda in Washington, D.C. Amazon.com, Yahoo, Lycos, eBay, GeoCities and Inktomi have retained the services of a D.C. law firm to help represent their interests on Capitol Hill and at regulatory agencies. The most important agenda items are content regulation, product liability and protection from copyright violations that stem from aggregated content.
Issue no. 104 - 17 January 1999
- Global Business Dialogue formed
Leading companies ranging from IBM to German publisher Bertelsmann have formed a global group, the Global Business Dialogue, to discourage governments from imposing Internet taxes and other measures that could hurt business over the Internet. The group, representing businesses in technology, media and finance, plans to present suggestions on policy to governments around the world as well as send a general message against government regulation of the exploding medium.
- Major Court Decisions Will Shape the Internet in 1999
(New York Times)
Cyber Law Journal asked a panel of legal experts to predict the most significant or interesting developments in Internet law and policy for 1999.
- Will government keep mitts off Net?
The success of e-commerce sites this Christmas shows that the federal government's hands-off attitude is working. But, added former presidential adviser Ira Magaziner and former FTC Commissioner Christine Varney, that laissez faire attitude depends on the success of industry-led efforts in online privacy and online consumer protection, speaking at the Internet Content Coalition conference in San Francisco.
Issue no. 103 - 8 January 1999
- USA - Busy High-Tech Session for Congress
(New York Times)
The new session of Congress will have an increased focus on development and regulation of the Internet, electronic commerce and competition in the information technology industry. Topping the list is a dispute over export controls on encryption software, and whether government or industry should write and enforce the rules for protecting consumers' privacy online.
Issue no. 102 - 4 January 1999
- USA - Next Congress To Focus On FCC Reform
Supporting e-commerce and reforming the Federal Communications Commission are two issues at the top of the incoming Congress's high-tech agenda, House and Senate committee leaders said. Online privacy and encryption are the thorniest Internet-related issues left over from the last Congress and deeded to the 106th Congress when it picks up Jan. 6. There is also unfinished legislative business having to do with spam, or junk e-mail, and Internet gambling.
Issue no. 100 - 11 December 1998
Issue no. 98 - 30 November 1998
- Germany - Bonner Kompetenzgerangel um Multimedia-Politik
Nach dem Amtsantritt von Gerhard Schröder sind die Kompetenzen für Neue Medien auf Kabinetts- und Bundestagsebene neu verteilt worden. Wichtigste Wende unter der Rot-Grünen-Regierung: Multimedia ist zum Wirtschaftsthema geworden. Darüberhinaus bleiben allerdings eine Reihe von Aufgabenverteilungen strittig, wie politik-digital berichtet.
Issue no. 96 - 16 November 1998
- The Internet and the International Telecommunications Union
(Nando Media - The American Reporter)
Two dangers may arise as the ITU tries to move beyond its traditional role in managing transmissions and allocating spectrum. The first is that the organization will stumble over other bodies that have handled Internet standards quite well, such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The other danger is that the ITU could impose a bureaucratic or centralized broadcast model on the Internet.
- USA - Praise for Magaziner
Not long after Ira Magaziner said he would step down as the White House's Internet adviser, the eulogies began to arrive. From corporations to academics to nonprofit groups, everyone had something nice to say about this self-effacing management-consultant-turned-technology-enthusiast who steered the Clinton administration through the perilous waters of Internet regulation and domain-name privatization.
Issue no. 95 - 11 November 1998
- Germany - IT-Kompetenzen zwischen Ministerien abgesteckt
Nachdem Oskar Lafontaine wichtige Kompetenzen aus dem Wirtschaftsministerium abgezogen hatte, bekommt dieses nun einige Bereiche aus dem Forschungsministerium.
- Germany - Müller fordert Kompetenzen
Wirtschaftsminister Werner Müller hat die Aufgaben seiner Behörde gegen die von Finanzminister Oskar Lafontaine abgegrenzt. Müller, der keiner Partei angehört, erklärte am Montag bei seinem ersten Auftritt vor dem EU-Ministerrat in Brüssel, das Wirtschaftsministerium werde für einen Teil der Europa-Aufgaben zuständig bleiben. Seine Behörde werde an den EU-Räten für Binnenmarkt, Industrie, Verbraucher, Energie und Telekommunikation teilnehmen.
- France - Duel dans les Yvelines
La mairie RPR d'Elancourt (Yvelines) a gagné son procès contre le site Web d'un de ses administrés, militant radical de gauche
- Germany - Schröder und das Wörtchen Internet
Kommentar zur Regierungsantrittsrede.
Issue no. 94 - 7 November 1998
- Net group involves industry in new board
The World Wide Web Consortium has formed a new advisory board to help its various working groups get in sync and work more closely with emerging industry.
- Switzerland - Group Dubs Itself 'Internet Party'
(The Industry Standard)
A group calling itself the Internet Party has declared its intention to shake up the Swiss political scene. The independent party seeks to start an open political discussion in Switzerland via the Internet.
- USA - Magaziner to resign
The White House's chief Internet adviser, Ira Magaziner, is planning to resign by the end of the year, his staff said today. Magaziner is expected to leave once his staff has completed a follow-up to the Clinton administration's Framework for Global Electronic Commerce white paper, which was issued in July 1997.
Issue no. 93 - 29 October 1998
- The Web’s Unelected Government
Its meetings are closed to outsiders. Its mandate has brought it into controversial policy-making. Its decisions reflect one man’s vision. Meet the World Wide Web Consortium. [detailed article about W3C's activities and structure]
- Germany - Koalitionsvertrag - Vom Internet keine Rede
Im Koalitionsvertrag bleibt eine Suche nach dem Stichwort "Internet" erfolglos. Den Begriff "E-Commerce" sucht man ebenfalls vergebens.
Issue no. 91 - 16 October 1998
- USA - A watershed day for high-tech policy
A last-minute avalanche of deal-cutting and arm twisting Thursday produced a watershed day for high-tech policy. Multiple high-tech bills that had languished for months were given a near-certain seal of approval when they were tacked onto the larger budgetary deal brokered by Congressional and administration leaders. In quick succession today, the White House and law makers signed off on a $500 billion budget deal that included bills to:
see also CNET News.com and TechWeb.
- Double the number of temporary visas granted high-tech workers.
- Restrict children's access to online pornography.
- Place a time-out on further taxation of the Internet.
- Require the federal government to post all its forms to the Internet, as well as accept electronic, online signatures in lieu of the old-fashioned pen-and-paper kind.
Issue no. 90 - 13 October 1998
- Gore Opens ITU conference with call for Internet expansion
(Bloomberg News - Total Telecom registration requi)
U.S. Vice President Al Gore will outline in a speech today government programs aimed at broadening an Agency for International Development effort to expand Internet services in parts of Africa and other areas, and to train Peace Corps volunteers to bring the Internet to remote areas. Gore, speaking at the opening of the 1998 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Minneapolis, will also push for improving telecommunications service and making it easier to provide information on health care and agriculture.
- Germany - Der besondere Charme des Internet
Klaus Eierhoff, Bertelsmann-Vorstandsmitglied für den Bereich Multimedia, will den Konzerntanker für E-Commerce flottmachen und fordert flexible Geschäftsbedingungen für das Netz sowie Nachbesserungen bei der Multimediagesetzgebung.
- USA - Democrats, Republicans fight for Silicon Valley's attentions
In recent weeks, both Republicans and Democrats have barnstormed through California, looking to ingratiate themselves with the leaders of the state's technology community.
Issue no. 89 - 8 October 1998
Issue no. 87 - 1 October 1998
- USA - Congressional Countdown
Internet and technology issues take center stage Thursday before the Senate Commerce Committee, in a session that could lead to floor action on a variety of bills. On the House side, piracy and anti-pornography measures await action.
Issue no. 86 - 25 September 1998
- Austria plans global Net meeting
Austria has offered to host a conference next spring in Vienna to draw up a global charter on legal and technical issues affecting the Internet, Austrian Research Minister Caspar Einem said. Einem told reporters yesterday he was consulting with industry leaders and governments about the idea and would make a final decision after the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development conference on electronic commerce takes place in Ottawa next month.
- Vom Flickwerk zum Framework
Auf dem Weg zu einem globalen Rahmenwerk bahnt sich aber zunächst ein Kompetenzwettstreit zwischen internationalen Organisationen, der Europäischen Kommission und den USA, an.
- EU - Austrian Presidency sites
The Austrian Ministry of Science and Transport has prepared an Information System on the Internet. The Austrian Council Presidency, Telecom Information System, open to the public since 1st July 98, can be obtained in English and German. see also http://www.bmwf.gv.at and http://www.bmv.gv.at (political information), http://www.cordis.lu/austria (research and development) and http://transport.bmv.gv.at (transport).
- Malaysia Cybercity ahead of schedule
Malaysia's ambitious plan to create a futuristic "Cybercity" is a year ahead of schedule and its builders are confident they can still maintain the pace despite the recession sweeping Asia.
Issue no. 85 - 22 September 1998
- Internet Rules Emerging But More Work Needed
Delegates at the ninth International Information Industry Conference (IIIC) moved a step closer to agreeing ground rules for Internet use and electronic commerce, though differences remain on such issues as data security and pornography.
Issue no. 84 - 18 September 1998
- Germany - Wie geht's weiter mit Internet und Multimedia?
The main German political parties answer questions on cryptography, freedom of information, liability, anonymity (Ed. remember to use the expression "informationelle Selbstbestimmung" to impress your audience when next discussing this subject), Internet police and support for IT. Politiker müssen Farbe bekennen: c't befragte die Medien-Experten der Parteien zu brisanten Themen wie Internet-Polizei, Existenzgründung und informationelle Selbstbestimmung. Was passiert nach der Wahl?
Issue no. 82 - 11 September 1998
- 1998 Carl Bertelsmann Prize Awarded to CRTC and RSAC
In order to give new impulses to the media policy debate in Germany, the Bertelsmann Foundation has today awarded the prestigious Carl Bertelsmann Prize to two organisations with a model character for market supervision and for active self-regulation in the media industry. In the presence of Roman Herzog, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, the 1998 Carl Bertelsmann Prize endowed with DM 300,000 was presented in equal parts to the Canadian supervisory authority for broadcasting and telecommunications CRTC ("Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission") and the American non-profit organisation for self-regulation on the Internet RSAC ("Recreational Software Advisory Council").
Issue no. 81 - 9 September 1998
Issue no. 79 - 11 August 1998
- EU - Euro IT Research Plan: Political Hot Potato
The fate of what could be the world's largest program for IT and communications-technology research, with a potential value of more than $4 billion, now rests with Europe's politicians.
Issue no. 76 - 28 July 1998
- Governments Back Hands-Off Approach To Net
Government officials from around the world said Friday they want an international and --where possible -- government-free approach to regulating the Internet. Senior representatives from the United States, Europe, and Australia said they want international cooperation on the many regulatory issues that surround the Internet -- but generally, they want regulation in the hands of the market rather than governments. The comments were made during the final session of the Internet Society's eighth annual conference held here in Geneva. The session will be immediately followed by the European meeting of the Global Incorporation Alliance Workshop international forum on the white paper, a series of meetings to discuss the domain-name-management proposals laid out in a draft revised by the U.S. government in June.
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