QuickLinks - Information society and Internet policy
Issue no. 175 - 29 October 2000
Issue no. 174 - 21 October 2000
- India cyber law comes into force
A landmark act governing cyber transactions has come into effect in India, making digital signatures legal for the first time. The act also clarifies the powers of the police to enter and search public places, such as cybercafes, without a warrant and to arrest suspects when they believe a cyber crime is being committed. see also India draws up law to enable digital signatures (Total Telecom) .
Issue no. 173 - 15 October 2000
Issue no. 172 - 8 October 2000
Issue no. 171 - 1 October 2000
Issue no. 170 - 24 September 2000
- Capitol Hill Net bills suffer system failure
The U.S. Congress does not operate on Internet time. But even by Capitol Hill's methodical standards, the Congress due to end next month has been a model of inaction. Of the 419 bills introduced this Congress that have the word "Internet" in them, only a handful have become law, and none are expected to significantly change the digital landscape.
- China to allow private companies on Internet
China's cabinet has approved landmark rules that will allow private companies to operate Internet and other value-added telecommunications services legally for the first time. Also see China opens the Internet to private companies (CNN).
- The EU Regulation for Cyber Space
Erkki LIIKANEN Member of the European Commission responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society Kangaroo Group Conference on Barriers in Cyber Space Brussels, 19 September 2000
- EU - Liikanen backs 'co-regulation' for Europe
Erkki Liikanen, the EC's enterprise and information society commissioner, is backing self-regulation of Internet services such as e-commerce in Europe as "a flexible, cost-effective alternative, or complement, to regulation in many areas." see Making eEurope a reality.Will Europe catch up? (RAPID)
The European IT Forum 2000 Monaco, 11 September 2000.
- EU - Services of General Interest in Europe
Communication from the Commission. This term covers market and non-market services which the public authorities class as being of general interest and subject to specific public service obligations (areas covered include include universal service obligations in telecommunications and public sector broadcasting) PDF version.
- Germany - Kanzler: Alle müssen ins Internet
Die Beherrschung des Internets soll in Deutschland binnen weniger Jahre Teil der Allgemeinbildung werden. Das ist das Ziel eines Internet-Programms, das Bundeskanzler Gerhard Schröder auf der Expo vorgestellt hat. Schroeder unveils plan to boost German Internet use Eco-Verband lobt Schröders Internet-Vorstoß (GNN).
- Everything Has Changed
As the Internet comes of age, many are still trying to understand its raw power to usurp existing structures. Both business leaders and policymakers feel its force. "Getting wired," both in a business sense and a policy sense, seems ever more urgent. This special section, the third in an occasional series on technology, examines the upheaval caused by the Internet to traditional business models and to legislative policies.
Issue no. 169 - 16 September 2000
Issue no. 168 - 9 September 2000
Issue no. 167 - 6 August 2000
Issue no. 165 - 22 July 2000
- USA - The Working Group Behind Cyberlaw Policy
Who sets U.S. cyberspace policy? For many Americans, the medium is as central as radio, television, telephone, and library all rolled into one, yet there is no Department of Cyberspace, no "cyberczar." Instead, like so many sites on the Web, government policy-makers are scattered among a number of agencies in Washington and connected through the White House's Working Group on Electronic Commerce. What's more, U.S. cyberpolicy has zigzagged over the years, as both Internet and policy-makers changed, and the loose working group structure has yet to develop a consistent, integrated government vision for cyberspace.
Issue no. 164 - 15 July 2000
Issue no. 163 - 9 July 2000
Issue no. 162 - 2 July 2000
- EU - Information Society Technologies (IST) Nice 2000 Conference: The Information Society For all
On 6-8 November 2000, IT decision-makers and specialists will meet in Nice at this year's IST Conference "IST 2000" this year, under the theme of an "Information Society for All". The IST 2000 event will also focus the European Commission's eEurope Initiative. It is organised by the Information Society Directorate-General of the European Commission, in close co-operation with the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry and the Ministry of Research.
- France - La corégulation, contribution française pour une régulation mondiale
Christian Paul, Depute de la Nievre, en son rapport au Premier Ministre "Du droit et des libertés sur Internet" propose la création d'un Forum des droits sur l'internet, qui prendrait la forme d'un association mêlant acteurs publics et privés pour débattre de la société de l'information. Ce forum ne sera pas un conseil supérieur de l'Internet, mais un forum qui ne sera pas piloté par les entreprises ou les Etats, un lieu de référence sur les débats. voir aussi le sommaire du rapport.
Issue no. 161 - 25 June 2000
- EU - The Information Society for All: IST 2000
5-8 November 2000 - Nice, France. The Information Society: a chance for everyone? Will it strengthen competitiveness in Europe? What technological challenges are at stake? How can we change the rules to support this process in a sustainable manner? These are some of the main themes underlying the IST 2000 event in Nice which will be on the agenda of the IST 2000 conference sessions and workshops.
Issue no. 158 - 4 June 2000
- India Eyes Role in Net Regs
India is planning to launch a national Internet forum to help the country ensure it can play a key role in global meetings and deliberations linked to Internet governance.
Issue no. 157 - 28 May 2000
Issue no. 156 - 20 May 2000
Issue no. 153 - 1 May 2000
- EU Commissioner: We need a sense of urgency
Interview with Erkki Liikanen, Commissioner for Enterprise and Information Society, about the European strengths and misses, the chances that Linux might bring for the EU, his views on privacy, copyright, encryption, filtering and consumer rights in the digital age
- Syria advances warily into online age
In a liberalization effort that is remarkable by Syria’s cautious standards, President Hafez Assad’s government has begun embracing the information age, moving to modernize the economy and expand incentives for foreign investment.
Issue no. 151 - 8 April 2000
Issue no. 150 - 2 April 2000
- eEurope initiative goes on-line
The European Commission has launched an inter-active web site on its eEurope Initiative. The purpose is to show how the initiative is being pursued following the Lisbon Summit on 23-24 March 2000.
- UK - Hague urges government to lay off the Internet
The UK government should refrain from over-regulating ecommerce and the Internet if it wants to ensure they both continue to develop successfully, according to William Hague, leader of the Conservative Party.
Issue no. 149 - 26 March 2000
Issue no. 147 - 11 March 2000
Issue no. 146 - 4 March 2000
Issue no. 145 - 26 February 2000
Issue no. 143 - 12 February 2000
- EU embarks on computer literacy drive for workers
All European Union workers are to be given the chance to become computer literate by 2004, in a bid to close the information technology jobs gap with the US. An 18-point plan will link every school to the internet by the end of 2001 and ensure that all teachers are computer-literate by 2003. An EU-wide network of public internet access points will also be established. see also Europe's Net Generation: Catching up with the US? (RAPID)
- Net, la guerre des contenus
(Libération - Bernard Spitz)
N'en déplaise à Pierre Bourdieu, à l'heure de la révolution numérique, plutôt que de se dérober, la France et l'Europe doivent prendre leur place sur le marché.
Issue no. 142 - 5 February 2000
- UK - Centres to bridge 'digital divide'
The government is set to launch a network of learning centres designed to close the gap between the information technology haves and have-nots.
- Denmark - Realigning to a Network Society
(Danish Ministry of Research and IT)
Society is changing. This is imposing us with a whole new agenda for the Danish welfare society. The economical and political ground rules have changed. The relations between people, businesses and authorities have changed. "Realigning to a Network Society" is the statement from the Government to the Danish Parliament on this development.
Issue no. 141 - 30 January 2000
- USA - Little Progress Expected on High-Tech Legislation
(New York Times)
Congress returns this week to a host of issues that are of pressing concern to the high-tech industry. But with lawmakers' on-and-off schedule in this election year, bills related to the Internet and e-commerce may get more talk than action. Digital signatures, privacy, Internet taxes, visas for skilled foreign workers and trade relations with China are likely to dominate the high-tech debate. Also likely are a renewed focus on legislation to regulate junk e-mail, efforts to get minority groups and the poor online and new initiatives to battle cybercrime.
Issue no. 140 - 22 January 2000
- EU's Liikanen tells firms to get online or die
Small and medium sized firms will go out of business unless they embrace the Internet and harness its full potential, European Union Industry Commissioner Erkki Liikanen has said addressing the inaugural meeting of "E-Ping" - a new organisation designed to ensure Euro MPs are better equipped to legislate on the Internet.
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