QuickLinks - Information society and Internet policy
Issue no. 140 - 22 January 2000
Issue no. 139 - 16 January 2000
- Anschluss verzweifelt gesucht
Das Thema war vorgegeben. Beim ersten europäischen Gipfeltreffen über die Nutzung des Internets beherrschte eine Frage die Diskussion: Wie kann Europa - angesichts der Mega-Fusion von AOL und Time Warner - Anschluss an die Entwicklung in den USA finden?
- European Parliament Internet Group launch
A new discussion forum for Internet issues will be launched at the January plenary session of the European Parliament, on 19 January 2000 - Strasbourg, France. The aim of the forum is to enhance understanding of online technology issues in the Parliament, with as much cross-party input as possible. A CD showing how the Internet works will be launched at the first meeting. A discussion on the cost of Internet access in Europe will also be held.
- Europe's competitive position in the Internet-based economy
Address by Mrs Viviane Reding, Member of the European Commission responsible for Education and Culture at the Internet european Summit, Madrid.
- KnowRight 2000 - InfoEthics Europe Conference
(Austrian Computer Society, UNESCO)
26 - 29 September 2000 - Vienna, Austria. Major conference topics are Net-Law and Intellectual Property, Net Commerce, Net Security, Net Crime, Information Ethics. Workshops will be organised on Standardisation, Patents, NetLaw/WebLaw, New Media and Multimedia, Cryptography, Copyright Management.
- EU - Prodi launches "eEurope"
The European Commission has launched an initiative entitled "eEurope An Information Society for All", which proposes ambitious targets to bring the benefits of the Information Society within reach of all Europeans. The initiative focuses on ten priority areas, from education to transport and from healthcare to the disabled. The initiative is a key element in the President's strategy to modernise the European economy. [New URL for eEurope home page]
- Virtuelle Sit-ins und digitaler Devotionalienhandel
Freiheit, Gleichheit, Brüderlichkeit versprachen sich die frühen Propheten des Internets vom neuen, "demokratischen" Medium. Nach fünf Jahren World Wide Web zeigt sich: Politisch aktiv sind auch online vor allem die üblichen Verdächtigen. Nur haben sich die Chancen der außerparlamentarischen Opposition" klar verbessert.
Issue no. 138 - 9 January 2000
- China to limit internet foreign stakes
China will limit foreign participation in its internet service providers (ISP) to 50 per cent, its minister of information industry has announced. see also China Will Scrutinize Internet (AP).
- Les internautes français ont rendez-vous à Autrans
Face à la déferlante internet, qui a déjà conquis en France quelque 5 millions d'utilisateurs, la petite station familiale d'Autrans, près de Grenoble, accueille pour la quatrième fois, de jeudi à samedi, les internautes français de la première heure.
- Predicting the Legal Internet Issues for 2000
(New York Times)
Cyber Law Journal asked a group of legal mavens to predict the two or three most significant developments in Internet law and policy for 2000.
- Taking Up the Fight Against the Digital Divide
(New York Times)
Efforts to bridge the so-called digital divide, the low rate of Internet use among the poor and minority groups, has been pushed to the front of the Clinton administration'sagenda.
- France - L'Autorité publie sa réponse à la consultation engagée par le Gouvernement
Consultation publique sur la société de l'information : réponse de l´Autorité de régulation des télécommunications au document de consultation publié par le Gouvernement le 5 octobre 1999.
- USA - Net founders seek clearer Net policy
Policymakers proposing Internet regulation must settle on a solid definition for today's Internet or face increased confusion as the technology matures, Internet Policy Institute, a high-profile Internet think tank warned.
- USA - States to Consider Flurry of Internet Bills
(New York Times)
The Internet Alliance predicts that there will be more than 2,000 Internet-related bills to be considered by state legislatures during 2000.
Issue no. 137 - 18 December 1999
- Bull warns against international e-commerce regulation
Traditional attempts to regulate the Internet will fail, according to a report today from IT group Bull. The report - Global Regulation of E-commerce - warns that international regulatory bodies can not adapt quickly enough to respond to the fast moving requirements of e-commerce.
- France - Internet : la corégulation à inventer
(Libération - Bernard Spitz)
La rapidité des évolutions technologiques oblige à concilier régulations publique et privée pour trouver l'équilibre entre efficacité économique et protection démocratique.
Issue no. 136 - 12 December 1999
- Clinton Addresses Gap in Computer Access
(New York Times)
President Clinton, leading technology executives and representatives of minority and civil rights groups announced a series of partnerships and initiatives to help "slam shut the digital divide" between technology haves and have-nots, so that access to computers and the Internet is as common as the telephone. see also Digital Divide Summit (NTIA).
- EU - Prodi launches "eEurope"
The European Commission has launched an initiative entitled "eEurope An Information Society for All", which proposes ambitious targets to bring the benefits of the Information Society within reach of all Europeans. The initiative focuses on ten priority areas, from education to transport and from healthcare to the disabled. The initiative is a key element in the President's strategy to modernise the European economy. see also eEurope - eAbout eTime eToo! (IT-Director).
- UK - Blair finds 'different world' online
The internet will transform people's lives in the next decade as they increasingly shop and communicate online, the prime minister has predicted. Tony Blair admitted his computer skills remained "not good at all" but claimed he had started to overcome his technophobia.
Issue no. 135 - 5 December 1999
- France - Intervention du Premier ministre sur la régulation de l'internet
Allocution du Premier ministre lors de la réception concluant la conférence mondiale des régulateurs sur l'internet. voir aussi Ministre de la Culture et de la communication (culture.gouv.fr), Secrétaire d'Etat à l'Industrie (industrie.gouv.fr), Quelle régulation pour Internet et les réseaux par Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin (Le Monde) et Régulation d'internet: mission pour le député Christian Paul (AFP).
- Le consommateur, pierre de touche de la régulation sur Internet
A travers quelques exemples d'autorégulation ou de corégulation, le sommet mondial des régulateurs, organisé à l'Unesco les 30 novembre et 1er décembre 1999 par le CSA, le Forum des régulateurs et l'Institut international des communications (ICI), a mis l'accent sur la responsabilité et la capacité de choix de l'internaute. voir aussi Quelle régulation pour Internet? Discours de Madame Viviane Reding, Membre de la Commission(RAPID), la synthèse des contributions étrangères en vue du Sommet mondial des régulateurs sur Internet et les nouveaux services (CSA), Pourquoi faut-il réguler l'Internet? Hervé Bourges s'explique (Le Journal du Net), Weltgipfel der Regulierungsbehörden (Heise Online), Developing nations want better net access (BBC).
- Provocative Views on the Internet
(New York Times)
Lawrence Lessig, the Berkman professor of law at Harvard Law School sees a potential menace in the new technology of the Internet, and he issues a wake-up call in a new, provocative and pessimistic book on the future of the Internet. see also Law on the Cyberspace Frontier Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Professor and Cyber-Law Theorist, believes that the very code used to create cyberspace is also the best tool to use in regulating it. (ABC Chat).
- France - "Nous refusons la banalisation de notre culture" : ministre français
Le ministre français de la culture et de la communication Catherine Trautmann a déclaré qu'elle refusait "la standardisation et la banalisation de la culture" européenne face à la domination des Etats-Unis.
Issue no. 134 - 27 November 1999
- China official asks for foreign Internet help
(Nando Media - APonline)
Foreign Internet companies should stop worrying about restrictive policies and show how the Internet and other new technologies can help China, a Chinese telecommunications regulator said.
- Clinton: Internet key to wealth
US President Bill Clinton has urged leaders of developed nations to encourage access to the internet, as a means of promoting growth in the world economy and fighting poverty.
- EU To Unveil "eEurope" Plan in December
A European Commission plan aims to get more Europeans online and help catch up with Americans in the move towards electronic commerce.
- Syria Fears Internet Impact on Culture
Syria is bracing nervously for the arrival of the internet, wondering what impact a sudden flood of previously unavailable information will have on this conservative society.
- USA - Internet Makes an Easy Target for Lobbyists and Lawmakers
(New York Times)
Lawmakers have already passed a laundry list of bills that leave the federal government's fingerprints all over the Internet, and more are in the pipeline. The efforts include inventing rules against the peddling of Internet addresses, granting legal standing for digital contracts, proposing bans on the Internet programming known as Webcasts, prohibiting online gambling and regulating "spam," the junk mail of cyberspace.
Issue no. 133 - 18 November 1999
- World Summit of Regulators "Internet and the New Services"
A conference of audiovisual regulators organised by the French audiovisual regulator, Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (Paris, UNESCO, 30 Nov.- 1 Dec. 1999) Third preparatory note summary of the first contributions and discussion prospects.
- EU - Tourism in the Information Society
Speech by Erkki LIIKANEN Member of the European Commission responsible for Enterprise and Information Society Brussels, 12 November 1999
Issue no. 132 - 11 November 1999
- Canadian push for cultural protection at WTO talks
Canada will push for cultural protection at the upcoming World Trade Organization talks in Seattle.
- USA - New Institute Plans to Help Shape Policies
(New York Times)
The founders of a new research organization, the Internet Policy Institute - a diverse collection of corporate sponsors, Internet pioneers and political figures - say their Washington-based nonprofit institute is intended to be a source of influential and independent research for policy makers.
Issue no. 131 - 4 November 1999
- France - Nouvelle mission pour le SJTIC
(Service d'information du gouvernement)
Le Premier ministre vient d'adresser une lettre de mission à Christian Phéline, directeur du S.J.T.I.C. (service juridique et technique de l'information et de la communication) lui demandant de proposer les conditions dans lesquelles ce service pourrait devenir une véritable direction des médias afin de mieux exercer ses missions de réglementation et de tutelle et d'animer la mise en uvre du programme gouvernemental pour la société de l'information en ce qui concerne l'ensemble du champ de la communication et de la culture.
Issue no. 129 - 16 October 1999
Issue no. 128 - 28 September 1999
Issue no. 126 - 8 September 1999
- French legislation proposed
(Wall Street Journal subscription required))
French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin announced plans for Internet-related legislation that his administration will present to Parliament in early 2000. The proposals for regulation will attempt to formalize mechanisms for applying laws to cyberspace in areas such as encryption and confidentiality, consumer protection, copyright and data protection. Prime Minister Jospin also proposed creating an independent body that would bring together public and private players to consult and set standards on Internet issues. The Prime Minister also announced his intention to pursue an increase in the defense budget to fund efforts to protect France's information infrastructure. See also Société de l'information : discours du Premier ministre, Address by Prime Minister Lionel Jospin at the 20th Summer and Jospin annonce une loi pour débrider l'Internet (Libération).
- French Regulator Seeks Internet Watchdog
(New York Times)
The head of France's broadcasting watchdog is proposing that public authorities and private operators join hands in regulating the Internet. The question of how to regulate the largely free-wheeling Internet will figure prominently at the two-day World Summit of Regulators on the Internet in Paris starting on November 30, which will be sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Issue no. 125 - 3 August 1999
- International Internet Content Summit
(Bertelsmann Foundation / INCORE)
Texts of the reports for this high-level event covering a variety of areas: self-regulation, content rating, hotlines, law-enforcement. Munich 9 - 11 September 1999 now available on the Web site.
- WWW9 - International World Wide Web Conference
(International World Wide Web Conference Committee)
Papers currently invited. Experts from industry, academia, and government will present the latest developments in web technology. The conference program includes tutorials and workshops intended to provide a forum for highly interactive discussion. The final date for submission of papers is 22 November 1999. Amsterdam 15 - 19 May 2000.
Issue no. 124 - 28 July 1999
Issue no. 123 - 21 July 1999
- Internet companies set up lobby
Nine of the world's leading Internet companies announced the formation of NetCoalition.com, the first public policy organization comprised of members whose primary business is purely Internet-based. Founding members of NetCoalition.com are Amazon.com, America Online, DoubleClick, eBay, Excite@Home, Inktomi, Lycos, theglobe.com and Yahoo!
- The Internet is for Everyone
(Internet Society ISOC))
Speech given by Vint Cerf at Computers, Freedom, and Privacy on April 7, 1999. [Ed: highly recommended]
- UN Examines the Global Internet Society
The United Nations' UNDP Human Development Report 1999 looks at the global distribution and availability of the new technologies. See also
UN Retreats from Email Tax (Wired) A United Nations agency is backing away from a report in which it recommended Internet email taxes to help developing nations. In the report, the agency proposed a tax of the equivalent of one US cent on every 100 emails that an individual might send.
- Workshop: On the Brink of New Evolutions in the Law of Information Technology
Namur (Belgium), November 8-9-10, 1999. Two workshops will deal with the responsibility of Internet intermediaries and universal service. The following two days will be made up of plenary sessions and four working groups, Regulation of Telecommunications : Quo Vadis ?; Towards a Right of Controlling Access to Protected Works; E-Commerce in the General Theory of Contracts; Privacy in the Information Era
Issue no. 122 - 7 July 1999
- Birt warns of digital threat
The digital age could have a serious effect on the UK's national culture, BBC Director General Sir John Birt has warned. Sir John is known for being a strong supporter of the digital revolution in global communication. He has argued that specialist TV channels and interactive online services can provide a wider choice of information and entertainment. But his New Statesman lecture conveyed his misgivings.
- Internet Content Summit
The Second Expert Meeting on a European system for content self-rating, under the INCORE Preparatory Actions Programme funded by the European Commission, is being run in conjunction with the Internet Content Summit, which is hosted by the Bertelsmann Foundation in co-operation with INCORE. Munich, Thursday 9th September to Saturday 11th September 1999.
- Programme for the Finnish EU Presidency
A Strong and Open Europe into the New Millennium. see in particular A society based on information and knowledge and An area of freedom, security and justice .
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