(The Standard) The EU commission's antitrust action against Microsoft is likely to proceed only after the dust around the software giant's U.S. case settles in the coming weeks.
(RAPID) The European Commission decided to enhance the role of the Hearing Officer in its merger reviews and anti-trust proceedings. From now on, the Hearing Officer will be attached directly to the Competition Commissioner and his/her report will be made available to the parties and will be published in the European Union's Official Journal.
(InformationWeek) A contingent of 25 antitrust and consumer groups are calling on the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division to stop the launch of Orbitz, the travel website sponsored by the leading national airlines.
(Reuters) The Council of Europe, a 43-state human rights watchdog, has amended the text of the world's first treaty against cybercrime to tighten provisions protecting privacy online,to ensure police respect privacy rights when they follow digital trails to fight online crimes such as hacking, spreading viruses, using stolen credit card numbers or defrauding banks. see Draft Convention on Cyber-crime (Version No. 27 Revised - Word only). This text prepared by Committee of Experts on Crime in Cyber-Space (PC-CY), will be submitted to the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) at its 50th plenary session (18 - 22 June 2001) . The text then will be submitted to the Committee of Ministers for adoption.
(Reuters) The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a Justice Department appeal aimed at allowing the federal government to enforce a 1998 law intended to protect minors from Internet pornography. The justices agreed to review whether a U.S. appeals court properly barred the law's enforcement on constitutional free-speech grounds because it relies on community standards to identify online material harmful to minors.
(AP) The former chief executive of a Belgian-based speech recognition software company was arrested on fraud charges. U.S. Marshals arrested Gaston Bastiaens on a Belgian warrant charging insider trading, stock market manipulation, and violation of bookkeeping laws associated with the collapsed Lernout & Hauspie.
(Newsbytes) Local, state and federal authorities must find a way to overcome jurisdictional stovepipes if they want to have any hope of keeping up with the increasing incidence of cybercrime, a panel of law enforcement officers told members of Congress at the first of three hearings on cybercrime.
(Droit et Nouvelles Technologies) Auteurs: Severine Dusollier et Florence de Villenfagne - nouveau dossier, consacré à une analyse complète de la loi belge du 28 novembre 2000 sur la criminalité informatique. voir aussi Pornographie enfantine et Internet : comment réprimer ? Auteur: Thibault Verbiest.
(Yahoo FR) Difficile de trouver un équilibre en matière de criminalité informatique au sein même des instances officielles de chaque pays de l'Union européenne. Face aux volontés démesurées des policiers qui s'expriment au sein du groupe de travail "Enfopol", les différentes commissions nationales "informatique et liberté" tentent de calmer le jeu
(Daily Telegraph) Six suspected paedophiles accused of planning "terrorist" attacks on people engaged in Italy's fight against child sexual abuse were arrested. Among those detained in dawn raids were two former policemen and the porter at a primary school in Rome.
(BBC) Russian police have dealt a severe blow to the image of computer hacking - by arresting a gang of computer hackers led by a 63-year-old pensioner. His gang of five apparently worked from Moscow internet cafes to steal money from western credit cards.
(Heise) Die Computerkriminalität in Deutschland ist im vergangenen Jahr um 25 Prozent gestiegen. Das geht aus der Polizeilichen Kriminalstatistik 2000 vor.
(CNN) An anti-cyberterrorism unit operating within the FBI is failing to provide timely warnings of computer attacks, according to a government report.
(New York Times) In its continuing investigation into pedophilia on the Internet, the Westchester district attorney's office has charged a Roman Catholic priest with sending sexually explicit messages to an investigator who was posing as a 14-year-old boy.
(FT) Consumers using online services that pull together details from different banks on to a single page will not be protected by regulators. The Financial Services Authority said so-called online aggregators, which have proved popular in the US and Australia, fall outside its powers.
(Newsbytes) Ninety individuals and companies face fraud, money laundering and intellectual property rights charges stemming from Internet schemes that cost consumers $117 million. The federal and state charges come from "Operation Cyber Loss," a Web fraud crackdown mounted by the FBI, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).
(People's Daily) Beijing authorities recently launched a three-month campaign to straighten out irregularities in Internet bars, according to Beijing Today newspaper. see also Net cafe crackdown can't stop 'cyber opium' (South China Morning Post - registration required).
(AFP) Le président du Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA) Dominique Baudis a jugé "inexacts et injustes" les propos du ministre de l'Education nationale Jack Lang qui avait reproché à l'instance de régulation de l'audiovisuel d'être "aux abonnés absents" sur Loft Story. voir aussi "Loft Story" agite les rédactions des quotidiens parisiens et CSA : Les lofteurs sont-ils des nains? (AFP).
(CBC News) A couple selling maple syrup over the Internet has been fined for operating an English-only Web site in Quebec.
(AP) A woman was executed after a court ordered that she be stoned to death for acting in pornographic movies.
(NewsFactor Network) Canadian webcaster JumpTV wants to operate like a cable TV company over the Internet, paying the same kind of royalty fees cable companies pay for the right to retransmit off-the-air television signals to their customers. JumpTV said filter technology from U.S. company Quova can pinpoint Web surfers by country, region and even ZIP code. The technology checks users' Internet protocol (IP) addresses, which are usually assigned to the user's Internet service provider.
(FT) Michael Powell, chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, has set out a radical agenda for rolling back regulation of media and telecommunications which could spark a wave of consolidation on both sides of the Atlantic. The influential regulator's plans for a lighter touch over the so-called New Economy puts him on a collision course with his counterparts in Europe, who are considering a range of stricter controls to encourage competition.
(CNET News.com) For years, a dwindling crowd of tech-savvy satellite TV subscribers has had the ability to tap freely into the satellite streams meant for affiliate TV stations. The TV networks have done little to stop this because few people were affected. But now these "pre-air" shows have started appearing on the Internet and are being traded like songs were in the early days of MP3 music--a practice known as TVRip.
(New York Times) The major recording companies have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Aimster, a service that permits users of instant messaging services to exchange music and other files.
(news.com.au) A regional zoning system that forces consumers to pay up to 20 per cent more for DVD movies is being challenged by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
(The Standard) The Recording Industry Association of America sued music portal Launch Media for failing to seek proper licenses for its LaunchCast personalized radio service. The music lobbyist alleges that Launch's licenses with Universal, Sony, BMG and EMI do not allow for the level of interactivity and customization offered by LaunchCast, which allows users to decide how often they want to hear particular songs.
(FT) US regulators cleared Amazon.com, the internet retailer, of violating federal privacy laws when it allowed personal information about its customers to be sold to other companies. Amazon had informed customers that it would not "sell, trade or rent" information like names and e-mail addresses to third parties, but the company altered the policy in September.
(Newsbytes) The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) is following Microsoft's lead of promoting the safe harbor program between the European Union and the U.S. that allows e-commerce and other data transfers to continue between EU citizens and U.S. companies.
(House of Representatives) At a hearing about privacy and preventing the misuse of Social Security numbers of the House Ways and Means' subcommittee on Social Security, its chairman announced plan "to quickly bring to the House floor comprehensive legislation to keep Social Security numbers private and protect citizens from identity theft." see also complete list of prepared testimony.
(FT) Online privacy campaigners called for tougher regulations after a struggling dotcom company sold its database of 2.2m newsletter subscribers to AskJeeves, a web search site. ETour.com sold the list, along with the bulk of its assets, despite a promise on its website that it would not pass on customers' personal details to a third party "for any reason, at any time, ever". See also eTour accused of selling customer info (CNET News.com).
(AP) People seeking to protect their privacy can complete a single Web form to keep major advertising companies from collecting data about their Internet browsing and shopping habits.
(Newsbytes) Online privacy seal consortium TRUSTe said that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved its application to join a safe harbor program that shows that companies bearing the TRUSTe seal adequately protect children's privacy under U.S. law.
(Heise) Die Novellierung des Bundesdatenschutzgesetzes (BDSG) ist in Kraft getreten. Im Wesentlichen setzt das neue Gesetz - längst überfällig - eine EU-Richtlinie aus dem Jahre 1995 um.
(IRIS) L'association IRIS critique l'offre promotionnelle de l'AFNIC pour les associations. IRIS, qui a déjà dénoncé ces « manoeuvres », note que « celles-ci s'accompagnent aujourd'hui de la volonté de faire main-basse sur le segment de marché, décidément bien lucratif, constitué par le secteur associatif ».
(AP) The University of North Carolina is suing the makers of an adult Web site, claiming they use the trademark ``UNC'' along with pictures of nude women.
(Le Monde Interactif) Le 18 mai dernier, André Santini lui consacrait un Forum mondial à Issy-les-Moulineaux
(AP) To make jury service less tedious and increase the number of people who respond to a summons for jury duty, courthouses are offering prospective jurors some of the comforts of home or office, such as hookups for laptop computers, while they wait to get picked for a case.
(News Wales) Election rules have forced the Welsh Liberal Democrats to close their anti-Plaid Cymru and anti-Tory websites. The sites - www.plaid-cymru.co.uk and www.welshconservatives.co.uk - listed reasons not to vote Plaid or Tory. Election rules mean that it is illegal to pass yourself off as one party then deliver negative messages about them.
(Wired) A bill that would put Nevada on a fast track to become the first state with legalized Internet gambling has passed through one of the state's two legislative chambers and will come up for a vote in the other chamber later this week.
(AFP) Au cours des 15 derniers jours, le site internet de Loft Story a été consulté par quelque 500.000 salariés pendant leurs heures de bureau, selon un sondage Ipsos -Médiangles réalisé pour le Figaro, qui en conclut qu'il en coûte 64 millions de francs par semaine aux entreprises françaises.
(Berkman Center for Internet and Society) The Berkman Center is offering a unique Internet Law Program at the Harvard Law School campus July 2-6, and in cyberspace. The program will address the most controversial cyberlaw issues being debated by lawmakers in the United States and other countries - including copyright protection, the digital distribution of music, and free speech and privacy online.
(Yahoo FR) Bien mais trop imprécis, tel est sommairement résumé l'avis que la Commission nationale consultative des droits de l'homme (CNCDH) a rendu le 10mai au sujet de l'avant-projet de loi sur la société de l'information. voir aussi Avant-projet de loi sur la « société de l'information » : analyse et recommandations (IRIS) et Iris a la LSI à l´oeil (Transfert).
(vnunet.com) A preliminary report by the European Parliament has attempted to dispel the myth that the Echelon spy network is capable of intercepting all data around the world and using it for industrial espionage. see leaked copy.
(Reuters) A House committee scaled back legislation that aims to curb junk e-mail, cutting out provisions that would allow consumers to sue companies that ignore requests to be taken off their mailing lists. The House Judiciary Committee also added a measure that would require pornographic messages to be labeled as such, allowing consumers to delete the messages without opening them if they so desired.
(Online Journalism Review) Part Two on the Legalities of Linking
(Le Monde) La téléphonie mobile de troisième génération, l'UMTS sera au carrefour de deux mondes, ceux du PC et du téléphone et offrira, sur un même terminal, l'Internet mobile, les hauts débits et la voix. Mais les premiers forfaits n'apparaîtront pas avant mi-2002. L'euphorie qui régnait dans les télécoms il y a un an a laissé place aux doutes sur la rentabilité du projet
(New York Times) Parents frantically trying to insulate their adolescent progeny from the all-engulfing darkness are resorting to tracking devices, hidden cameras, Internet monitoring software and even automotive transponders.
(Straits Times) A special court will be convened to impeach the High Court judge who paid a 14-year-old for sex, violating a law that bans child prostitution
(Ananova) A Railtrack operations manager has been jailed for 14 months at Exeter Crown Court for taking indecent video pictures of children.
(NCAC) This book by Marjorie Heins explores the fascinating history of "indecency" laws and other restrictions aimed at protecting youth. She suggests that the "harm to minors" argument rests on shaky foundations.
(Media Coalition) Why Censorship Won't Stop Violence, a report by Judith Levine, analyzes and synthesizes dozens of studies and statistics, debunking the myth that there is a link between violence in the media and real-life violence by demonstrating that while research indicates numerous causes for violence, none of them link directly to media violence.
(AP) Circuit City plans to stop selling adult-rated video games to customers under 17, joining a growing list of companies that have instituted such policies under pressure from politicians.
(Heise) Rüdiger Löster stöbert in seiner Freizeit als Privatfahnder nach rechtsextremistischen Seiten im Internet. Ist er fündig, kämpft der Nürnberger für die Sperrung des "braunen Datenguts".
(Le Monde) Websense est une entreprise américaine spécialisée dans le filtrage de l'accès à la Toile dans les entreprises. Elle a mis en place une structure informatique qui scrute en permanence le contenu mouvant de la Toile. Le filtrage dynamique s'attache à déterminer la nature de chaque page de la Toile grâce à son contenu réel et non à la catégorie sous laquelle elle peut être référencée par certaines bases de données existantes
(Newsbytes) Reaction is mixed on a preliminary finding by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that a group of Minneapolis librarians was exposed to a sexually hostile work environment because of pornography downloaded on library computers. The Minnesota case may force legislators and library boards in Michigan to require Internet filtering to avoid similar civil rights complaints.
(vnunet.com) The European Commission has set up a new website, designed to promote internet safety awareness issues. The website provides concerned citizens with a central European hub to respond to illegal or harmful content on the web. It includes information on where to find advice on the safer use of the internet and how to report illegal content through the network of hotlines, and gives examples of current filtering and rating software. Campaigners can also find details on European Union (EU) funded projects and activities, and information about how to apply for EU funding.
(Newsbytes) A recent survey of parents in Singapore found that most trusted their children to behave responsibly online, and that they preferred to use education for problems with Net content.
(ZDNN) Con el objetivo de promover un mejor uso de la Red por parte de padres, educadores y niños, el Comité Español de UNICEF, junto con la compañía española Optenet, la ONG italiana dedicada a la formación Elis y el apoyo del Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología, han lanzado la campaña Capitán Net. La incitativa de esta campaña, dirigida especialmente a niños y niñas, se enmarca dentro del Plan de Acción, creado en 1999 por la Unión Europea, para el uso seguro de Internet. Unicef lanza el programa Capitannet (Europa Press);
(New York Times) The CERT Coordination Center is one of the premier places that the online world turns to for information when computer vandals attack; but its Web site has been knocked out by a distributed denial of service attack,
(Press Release) The ABA Task Force on E-Commerce and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is stepping in to develop standard guidelines that e-commerce sites could adopt to avoid costly litigation. The Task Force seeks comments on draft of its preliminary report and concept paper prior to circulation at the ABA annual meeting in August 2001.
(vnunet.com) The UK internet service provider (ISP) information website Net4Nowt has launched a campaign calling for an ISP ombudsman. The site, which has long been a discussion forum and information service keeping tabs on UK internet access, is angry that there is no "coherent approach for dealing with the many problems that are being encountered in a volatile ISP marketplace".
(Heise) Der Präsident der Regulierungsbehörde für Telekommunikation und Post (RegTP), Matthias Kurth, hat sich gegen die Bildung einer europäischen Telekom-Aufsichtsbehörde ausgesprochen.
(The Standard) The former FCC chairman calls the Internet Freedom bill, which would benefit the Baby Bells, misguided and anti-competitive.
(Guardian) The BBC is launching a search for rude text messages, jokes and stories for a BBC1 theme night devoted to the growing phenomenon of mobile phone text messaging.
(France.Internet.com) Malgré le scepticisme flottant autour de l'avenir des webtV, l'IDATE prévoit une amélioration, notamment grâce aux innovations technologiques. Mais de nombreuses incertitudes subsistent.
(CNET News.com) The entertainment industry is learning new tricks from the Web that could dramatically reduce costs and recast a widely used Net animation technology as a significant offline production tool.
(Los Angeles Times) Radio: BBC pulls the plug on 1930s technology by moving its World Service to the Internet in North America.
(Economist) It is proving hard to make money out of interactive television. The most disappointing use of interactivity has been for shopping, or "t-commerce". Sport, games and betting are promising.
(CNET News.com) Competitors and industry watchers of the interactive television market aren't sure yet what to make of TiVo's new patent. The digital video recording pioneer announced that it has received a broad patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a "multimedia time warping system." The patent, which TiVo filed for in 1998, is described in the application as an "invention allowing the user to store selected television broadcast programs while the user is simultaneously watching or reviewing another program."
(MSNBC) A non-profit group in India has created a simple, inexpensive, multilingual handheld device aimed at bringing computing to Third World nations - dubbed the Simputer.
(The Standard) Investment banker Peter Chung's message touting his sexual adventures made it into the wrong hands - his employer's.
(New York Times) A new study has found that most of the time, health information on the Internet is hard to find, hard to read and often incorrect or incomplete, even on the best sites. see also Study gives mixed reviews to health sites on Web (Mercury News).
(Salon) The soft-porn fixation embarrassingly displayed at computer gaming's biggest convention, E3, is dooming the $6 billion industry to the nerd-geek ghetto.
(Heise) Malaysia wagte mit seinem Multimedia Superkorridor den Sprung zur High-Tech-Nation. Was ist daraus geworden? Und wie funktioniert das Internet in einem islamischen Staat?
(Le Monde) Une stratégie claire, un budget raisonnable et de la patience. M6 applique sur le Net les recettes qui ont fait son succès télévisuel
(Economist) Once it was rebellious and free. But the takeover of MP3.com by the media giant Vivendi is one more step towards the big music firms taking charge of the provision of online music on the Internet. Two huge groups in competition with each other are set to dominate
(BBC) A UK paper directory for websites claims to make it easier for people to find what they are looking for on the net. The Flickdot directory is aimed at people unfamiliar with the web and intimidated by the vast list of results often produced by search engines.
() Ken Kutaragi, president of Sony Computer Entertainment, declared Microsoft's Xbox "finished" in the battle for the next generation of video game consoles.
(BBC) European mobile phone companies have created huge problems for themselves over the introduction of third-generation (3G) technology and there is little to indicate they know how to solve them, senior telecoms analysts have said.
(IHT - New York Times) A new search engine, iLOR, makes Google even better. iLOR tries to improve the process of shuffling through results by eliminating much of the tedious navigation.
(People's Daily) China already has 30 million people hooked up to the Internet, but the country has little impact on the international stage. Wu Jichuan, minister of the Information Industry, made the remarks at the launch of the Internet Society of China, the country's first non-governmental regulator for the Internet industry. see also Surfer growth gets tangled up in Web data (South China Morning Post) and China's mobile phone users hit 105 million (Reuters).
(NUA) The number of Internet users in Singapore that visit gambling sites has decreased since January, but the number visiting adult sites has remained steady.
(AP) Asia is now the "engine room" driving most of the world's Internet activity. South Koreans are the world's most avid surfers, spending an average of 42 minutes online per surfing session on their home computers in April, U.S. Internet research firm Nielsen//NetRatings said in its latest report.
(Press Release) Using the Internet is not the isolating experience sometimes suggested, and adults are more skilled at it than children, according to the results of a research project into Internet usage in Australian homes, commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Authority.
(Forbes.com) Recently, much attention has been lavished on the pornography industry--as a business--and many have claimed it is large and profitable, especially on the Internet. Many of the claims are cut from whole cloth, but are accepted without question by the legitimate press. Skepticism is in order, though. The fact is pornography, or "adult entertainment," is as marginal now as it ever was.
(IDG) IBM is developing a technology that it says will quadruple the capacity of a disk drive.The company is adding a new type of magnetic coating, called ruthenium, to its current disk drives. The technology can be implemented without redesigning current disk drive plants
(Wall Street Journal) Men like the tab key and tend to use the scrolling wheel on a mouse. Women move the mouse around more, even if a scroll wheel is available. Such discoveries abut gender differences in computer use are an offshoot of a new marketing technology being pushed by Predictive Networks, a company that specializes in tracking and analyzing online behavior to customize ads to individual users.
(SearchDay) P2P (peer to peer) technologies seem to be all the rage these days. While Napster appears to be in a death spiral, other P2P technologies have emerged that look truly interesting and viable, and some are likely to end up as essential tools in your web search arsenal.
(New York Times) Every year about this time Carl Kaplan likes to reveal secrets of the cyberlaw guild by writing about some of the free legal Web sites that help or inspire him the most.
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