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Issue no. 250 - 17 November 2002
Issue no. 249 - 10 November 2002
- Life lessons for net users
The internet is not over and done with despite the demise of many dot.coms and collapsing confidence in technology firms and net businesses. So said many speakers at a major conference in London that debated the net's effect on society and how best to shape this powerful force for change.
Issue no. 248 - 27 October 2002
- US - Politics of high-tech pork
A report that will be released this week by the hard-working policy mavens at the Cato Institute, called "Birth of the Digital New Deal," contains the first comprehensive survey of the fast-growing area of technology pork.
Issue no. 247 - 19 October 2002
- Oxford Internet Institute : les sages se penchent sur le Net
Dans quelle mesure Internet change-t-il nos modes de vie ? C'est pour répondre à ces questions mêlant sociologie, politique et haute technologie qu'Oxford accueille son "Institut Internet". Ouvert à tous les chercheurs, l'institut est pluridisciplinaire. Et les travaux de réflexion ont déjà commencé.
Issue no. 244 - 7 September 2002
- UK - Scotland - God Just a Mouse Click Away
The Internet is helping some of Scotland's faithful get closer to God after one of the country's oldest churches launched an online prayer service Monday. The Rosslyn Chapel, founded around 1446 just outside Edinburgh, said it set up the "e-prayer" service for worshippers to leave prayer requests.
Issue no. 243 - 31 August 2002
- AU - Alston blasted for broadband porn comments
Pundits from across the IT industry in Australia have defended the more legitimate uses of broadband in the wake of comments made by the Federal Minister for Communications Information Technology and the Arts Senator Richard Alston on the ABC's Inside Business program. When asked about his scepticism with regards to broadband, the minister attributed the high take-up of broadband in South Korea to pornography.
- Media chief decries Net's moral fiber
The president of media giant News Corp. warns that the Internet has become a "moral-free zone," with the medium's future threatened by pornography, spam and rampant piracy. Speaking at an annual conference organized by the Progress & Freedom Foundation, Peter Chernin decried the "enormous amount" of worthless content online. He also predicted that without new laws to stave off illicit copying, News Corp.'s vast library of movies may never be made available in digital form.
Issue no. 241 - 24 July 2002
- ZA - Lawyers Ask Mbeki Not to Sign E-Bill
A last-minute petition to prevent the contentious Electronic Communications and Transactions Bill from being signed into law has been delivered to President Thabo Mbeki by a group of technology lawyers.
Issue no. 240 - 14 July 2002
- Cyberlaw: Cybersmart or cybersilly?
(Wall Street Journal)
Is there really a cyberspace full of "cybercitizens" who need only be accountable to their own "cyberlaws"? A loose-knit group of law professors is bucking one of the big fads in the legal field by calling that whole idea "cybersilly".
- Eavesblogging the Internet Law Program
Last week the Berkman Center held their second annual Internet Law Program, an intensive course in (surprise) internet law and developments. You probably didn't spend the time/money to attend, but the topics covered are interesting enough (to me anyway) to check it out even second-hand. Dan Gillmor attended and posted his notes: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5 part 1 and Day 5 part 2. Donna Wentworth was there, trying to record the seminar in real-time; hopefully she's learned her lesson. There is tons of interesting stuff in there - it's worth your time to read through if you have any interest in the subject matter at all.
- EU wants focussed agenda at World Summit on Information Society
In 1998 the International Telecommunications Union decided to hold a World Summit on the Information Society. It aims "to develop a common vision and understanding of the Information Society and to draw up a strategic plan of action for concerted development towards realising this vision". The Summit will be held in two phases. The first part is to be held from 10 to 12 December 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland and the second in 2005 in Tunis, Tunisia. The EU Presidency, on behalf of the EU, stated that the main topics on the agenda of the Summit should be e-government, e-learning and e-inclusion.
- 'Father of Internet' wants interplanetary Internet
During a presentation for Internet Society Luxembourg, Mr Vinton Cerf, 'father of the Internet', introduced his ideas about an interplanetary Internet 'InterPlaNet' and raised policy issues at the current state of play. Internet: 21st Century Tidal Wave (ISOC Luxembourg). see also Pioneer Cerf keeps 'net working (AP).
- FR - Le Forum des droits sur l'Internet fête sa première année
Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, conseillère d'Etat, est déléguée générale du Forum des droits sur l'Internet. Le Forum vient de fêter sa première année d'existence. Il s'agit d'une association de la loi 1901, créée avec pour mission de construire la civilité de l'Internet.
Issue no. 238 - 22 June 2002
- Global - Web Thinkers Warn of Culture Clash
The Internet's potential for promoting expression and empowering citizens is under threat from corporate and government policies that clash with the medium's long-standing culture of openness, some leading Internet thinkers warned at the annual Internet Society conference this week in Arlington.
Issue no. 237 - 16 June 2002
- EU - EDRI.org gets launched ...
European Digital Rights is a new organisation founded by 10 privacy and civil rights organizations from 7 different countries in the European Union. They have joined forces to defend civil rights in Europe in the age of information- and communication technology. European Digital Rights will focus its activities towards developments in the European Union and the Council of Europe. Some examples of regulations and developments that have the attention of European Digital Rights are data retention requirements, telecommunications interception, the cyber-crime treaty, initiatives for rating and filtering of internet content, notice and takedown procedures of websites and fair use restrictions.
Issue no. 236 - 8 June 2002
- EU - A broadband connection for every home
Every school, hospital and town hall across the European Union should have a fast Internet connection by 2005 if the bloc wants to foster innovation and raise productivity, the European Commission said.
- EU / Candidate countries - eEurope+ Ministerial Conference on the Information Society
"Connecting Europe" in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 3-4 June 2002. A two-day conference on the progress of the eEurope action plan in the EU Candidate countries. The conference is being hosted by Minister Pavel Ganfar and Information Society Commissioner Erkki Liikanen on behalf of the Slovene Government and the European Union respectively. About 40 Ministers or Deputies representing all 13 candidate countries, several EU Member States, and the countries of South-East Europe, are expected to be among the 430 participants, who will also include delegates from the private sector and academia.
Issue no. 235 - 20 May 2002
- EU / Latin America - Convergence and the Information Society
Mr Erkki Liikanen Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society, Conference on Media Convergence: Opportunities for a closer relationship between Europe and the Americas, Madrid, 13 May 2002
Issue no. 233 - 4 May 2002
- Ethnographies of the Internet: grounding regulation in lived experience
Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy at Oxford University. Conference report by Christian Sandvig. On March 8th, Oxford hosted leading Internet researchers, policymakers, and industry representatives from the on-line media to discuss the present state of the art in ethnographic Internet research and its implications for the many attempts to regulate the Internet.
- EU - Status of the Information Society in the European Union and Future Challenges
Mr Erkki Liikanen, Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society, Biel's 1st Communication Days, Biel-Bienne, Switzerland, 2 May 2002.
- France - Canal Plus: slaughtering a sacred cow
Soccer, Hollywood films and porn hardly constitute a cultural exception, argues Guillaume Parmentier.
Issue no. 232 - 28 April 2002
- ILPF Conference 2002
(Internet Law and Policy Forum)
September 17-19, 2002, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Issue no. 231 - 14 April 2002
Issue no. 229 - 23 March 2002
- EU plans online push and satellite launch
The European Commission has been told to draw up an eEurope 2005 Action Plan for the next heads of government meeting, set for June 2002 in Seville, Spain. EU leaders, meeting at their weekend summit in Barcelona, agreed that the plan should focus on telecoms security, the roll out of a new Ipv6 Internet protocol and on achieving the "widespread availability and use of broadband networks by 2005." They also told the EC to present an "analysis of the remaining barriers to widespread access" to a number of electronic information services, especially third generation mobile systems and open-platform digital television. Meanwhile, the EU's ambitious Galileo satellite navigation project was strongly backed by government leaders and a decision to go ahead is now fairly certain to be taken by the EU Council of Ministers (transport) on 26 March.
- Espagne - La loi sur la société de l’information : «Payez et vous verrez»
(Droit et Nouvelles Technologies)
par Élise Debiès. À l’évidence, le débat suscité par le projet de loi sur la Société de l’Information voté par le gouvernement Espagnol le 8 Février ne s’est pas focalisé sur le commerce électronique, objet de la directive à l’origine de cette loi, mais sur le fait de savoir si les web à contenu informatif ou d’opinion vont tomber sous son joug.
Issue no. 228 - 17 March 2002
- Deutschland - Medienkompetenz mit Madeleine
Um eine Verlebendigung des Medienkompetenz-Begriffs und seine Erschließung für das 21. Jahrhundert bemühten sich die Stiftungen der Mediengiganten AOL Time Warner und Bertelsmann auf einem hochkarätig besetzten "Gipfeltreffen" in Berlin.
- EU - Publishing in the Digital Age
The European publishing industry met Commissioner Erkki Liikanen, European Commission officials and Members of the European Parliament in Brussels on 5 March 2002 to exchange views on policy issues including the role of self-regulation and co-regulation, content and editorial liability, advertising in the digital economy, data protection and privacy, and applicable law in the sector. see also Helen Alexander appeals to EU for light touch regulation (Periodical Publishers Association), Publishing in the Digital Age: European Publishers meet EU Commission and Parliament (EADP News) and Speech of Michael Gill (FEP).
Issue no. 227 - 10 March 2002
- Forum sur les compétences au 21ème siècle
Rencontre entre Viviane Reding, Gerhard Schröder et José Maria Aznar à Berlin A l'occasion du Sommet sur les compétences au 21ème siècle, organisé à Berlin par la Fondation Bertelsmann et la Fondation AOL Time Warner, Viviane Reding, commissaire européenne en charge de l'Education et de la Culture, s'est entretenue avec le chancelier allemand et le Premier ministre espagnol de thèmes qui seront à l'agenda du Conseil européen de Barcelone. Viviane Reding a en outre rencontré le président du conseil d'administration de AOL Time Warner, Steve Case. Ils ont parlé des perspectives de coopération entre l'Europe et les Etats-Unis dans le domaine de l'Internet, en particulier sous l'angle de la protection des jeunes (contrôle parental) et de la mise en réseau d'écoles de part et d'autre de l'Atlantique dans le cadre du Plan d'action « eLearning ».
- Medien-Stiftungen rufen nach Medienkompetenz
Digitale Medienkompetenz muss verstärkt genauso wie Lesen, Schreiben und Rechnen als Grundfähigkeit betrachtet werden, fordern gemeinsam die Bertelsmann Stiftung und die AOL Time Warner Stiftung im Rahmen des 21st Century Literacy Summit.Siehe auch Rede von Bundeskanzler Gerhard Schröder anlässlich des 21st Century Literacy Summit und White Paper.
Issue no. 226 - 3 March 2002
Issue no. 225 - 24 February 2002
Issue no. 224 - 16 February 2002
- EU - Broadband now tops Net agenda
The European Commission is putting high-speed Internet access at the top of its strategy to boost e-commerce and turn the European Union into the world's most competitive economy by 2010. Other priorities include improving security for communication networks, fostering the retail end of e-commerce and asking governments to perform more administrative tasks online. see also Brussels warns of plateau in EU internet take-up (FT), E.U. Net Use Growing, But Sputtering (Newsbytes), EU prepares eEurope 2005 action plan, Commission adopts eEurope Benchmarking Report (Euractiv), eEurope Benchmarking Report(Europa).
- EU - Creating a Dynamic Marketplace: EU telecoms policy in the framework of eEurope
Mr Erkki Liikanen, Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society, 13th Annual European Communications Conference, London, 14 February 2002.
- UK - Net champions named
The Home Office has been chosen by the UK's net industry as its internet villain for 2002. The government department was judged to have done the most to upset Britain's net community by the Internet Service Providers Association which handed out the prize at its annual award ceremony. The BBC won an award from the Internet Watch Foundation for its drafting and use of guidelines to help protect children online.
- USA - FCC launches broadband debate
Federal regulators launched what will likely be a fierce debate over what rules should govern high-speed Internet service across traditional telephone lines. The agency tentatively proposed that broadband service such as digital subscriber line be classified as an information service, which could subject it to fewer regulations. see FCC Launches Proceeding to Promote Widespread Deployment of High-speed Broadband Internet Access Services (Press Release) and Statement by Assistant Secretary Nancy J. Victory (NTIA). see also Proposed Redefinition of ISPs Sparks Criticism and Everyone Taking Sides On ISP Redefinition, Internet (Internet News).
- USA - The Digital Dirty Dozen
As shown in this review (PDF, 32 pgs, 164 Kb) of our picks for the 12 most destructive pieces of technology legislation introduced in the 107th Congress, there is good evidence that policymakers are adopting the telecom regulatory paradigm for the tech sector. If that happens, it will be a grave blow to the Internet sector. Policymakers would be wise to reject this paradigm and instead let the Internet and cyberspace evolve with minimal federal intrusion and regulatory interference.
Issue no. 223 - 10 February 2002
Issue no. 220 - 19 January 2002
- UK government scoops 'Internet Villain' nominations
Government departments have monopolised nominations for the Internet Villain award at this year's ISP Awards. The Home Office, Oftel and the RadioCommunications Agency have all been nominated for the award, which will be presented at the ISP World show at Olympia Exhibition Centre in February.
Issue no. 219 - 13 January 2002
Issue no. 218 - 6 January 2002
- China outlines plan to liberalise media industry
China has circulated an internal document that permits a significant liberalisation of its tightly controlled media industry, allowing companies from outside the sector to invest in media groups for the first time.
- La Belgique crée un Observatoire des droits de l'Internet
(Droit et Nouvelles Technologies)
Le 30 novembre, le Conseil des Ministres belge a adopté le projet de loi qui vise à transposer la directive du 8 juin 2000 sur le commerce électronique, laquelle doit être transposée d'ici janvier 2002. Le même jour, le Ministre des Affaires Economiques annonçait la création de l’Observatoire des droits de l’internet, quelques mois après le lancement de sa grande soeur française, le Forum des droits sur l’Internet.
- EU - European Council meeting in Laeken 14 and 15 December 2001
Issue no. 217 - 16 December 2001
- USA - Bush to name technology panel
(Wall Street Journal)
President Bush will appoint AOL Time Warner Chairman Steve Case and other prominent executives to an advisory panel. The president wants input on the best and most cost-effective ways to speed up the development and usage of broadband technology. Bush also wants scientific and technological assistance in his war on terrorism; advice on ways to conserve energy by using more efficient technologies; and help in identifying where the government should spend money on research and development.
Issue no. 216 - 8 December 2001
Issue no. 214 - 23 November 2001
- New Economy's Not Ancient History Yet - Liikanen
The online economy is far from finished, despite the serious economic downturn in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S., according to Erkki Liikanen speaking at the European-American Business Council meeting in Washington. Despite traumatic changes of the last few months, he said the new economy is far from becoming history. Liikanen
Issue no. 211 - 20 October 2001
- EU - eEurope: Challenges and Opportunities
Mr Erkki Liikanen, Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society, 2nd Annual Nordic e-business Conference Stockholm, 11 October 2001
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