(Press Release) Following the Agreement in principle reached at its meeting of 29 May 2000, the Council adopted formally a Framework Decision on combating fraud and counterfeiting of non-cash means of payment, the European Parliament having meanwhile approved this proposal.
(Neue Zürcher Zeitung) Von Prof. Dr. Ulrich Sieber. Lässt das Internet die nationalen Strafrechtssysteme ins Leere laufen?
(MSNBC) Upholding the rights of law enforcement to cross national borders in pursuit of cyberspace criminals, a federal judge has ruled that FBI agents did not act improperly when they tricked a pair of suspected hackers out of passwords and account numbers and then downloaded evidence from their computers in Russia.
(IDG) The G8 Group of the world's seven leading industrial nations and Russia made progress on an action plan to battle high-tech crime. The G8 Government/Private Sector High Level Meeting on High-tech Crime, held in Tokyo from May 22 to 24, covered five major themes in a series of workshops: data retention, data preservation, threat assessment and prevention, protection of electronic commerce, and user authentication and training.
(Reuters) Vint Cerf said that European Union plans for new rules to fight crime on the Web risked clashing with existing EU privacy regulations. He said in an interview that Internet traffic should be retained only for billing purposes and was too cumbersome to be stored for police investigations.
(Times) Police are to bombard stolen mobile telephones with text messages to make them unsaleable and unusable. Scotland Yard and Merseyside police are studying a Dutch police project in Amsterdam that cut mobile phone thefts by up to 60 per cent in a month.
(MSNBC) Brock Meeks writes about Mike Echols, who founded a non-profit organization called "Better a Millstone" dedicated to hunting down and making life miserable for child pornographers. He has so far been unable to get the FBI to act against two Web sites that appear to traffic in child porn, wantonly operating in the open and charging fees for full access. He has turned to the online press to bring pressure on the FBI.
(Ananova) An internet web designer "obsessed" with child pornography was rumbled when his boss used his computer, a court has heard.
(MSNBC) A Federal Trade Commission complaint alleging that Voice Media, a leading purveyor of online pornography, engaged in deceptive practices by billing consumers during "free trials" has been settled, with the company admitting to no wrongdoing but agreeing to refrain from making "false or misleading statements" in the future.
(AFP) Le groupe agroalimentaire Danone a réclamé devant le tribunal de Paris un total de 4 MF (600.000 Euros) pour contrefaçon et dénigrement au journaliste Olivier Malnuit, qui avait créé le site internet "jeboycottedanone.com", et au réseau Voltaire, qui défend la liberté d'expression et diffusait le site sous le nom "jeboycottedanone.net".
(San Franciso Chronicle) Founded in 1990, EFF is a nonprofit group that monitors free speech, privacy and other individual-rights issues in the electronic age. EFF now appears back on track. It has returned to its litigation roots, taking on the film industry in a high-profile DVD case.
(Reuters) Malaysia, which practices tight media controls but has promised not to censor the Internet, is considering setting up a panel to "coordinate and supervise" use of the Worldwide Web.
(South China Morning Post - reg req) Vietnamese authorities severed most of the Internet links with the outside world for nearly five hours, fuelling concern about progress towards a more open society and Hanoi's commitment to the information economy.
(AFP) Le ministre de l'Education nationale Jack Lang a accusé, sur l'antenne de Skyrock, le Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA) de pratiquer "un acte de censure permanente" à l'égard de cette radio.
(vnunet.fr) Le Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel vient de mettre en ligne ses remarques sur le projet de Loi sur la société de l'information (LSI) prévue pour 2002. Globalement, le CSA souhaite renforcer son contrôle sur les sites Web, notamment en instaurant un dépôt légal et un droit de regard sur leur contenu.
(Reuters) eBay's European subsidiaries have been sued by Rolex watch maker Montres Rolex SA alleging the Rolex trademark was infringed when counterfeit Rolexes were sold on eBay's German Web site.
(Reuters) Several major Webcasters including Launch Media, MTVi, MusicMatch, and Listen.com struck back at the recording industry by filing a countersuit in a music licensing dispute they say threatens their livelihoods. At issue is whether Webcasters that allow users to personalize their Internet radio services should be allowed to join the rest of the industry in a coming arbitration process that will set licensing fees for commercial music.
(New York Times) The Recording Industry Association of America asserts that Aimster, its latest legal nemesis in the fight over online music, is essentially a clone of Napster that permits the free exchange of copyrighted files over the Internet.But outside legal experts say it is unclear whether the recording industry could prevail over Aimster as easily as it did over Napster, given what they say may be crucial differences between the way users exchange files on the two services.
(Wired) A French court handed down a decision this week that some say is slapping sanity into the field of Internet trademark law. The case concerns ownership of the name Leonardo. see also Léonardo évincé, Léonardo est vainqueur (transfert).
(Telepolis) Das prognostizierte Geschäft mit dem Content entzweit Verwerter und Urheber. siehe auch Justizministerin kämpft gegen die Entrechtung der Kreativen.
(Reuters) Employee privacy in the United States is under siege as old rules for what employers can and cannot monitor give way to a regime of everyday observation, patchy legal protections and conflicting business priorities. Software that pours over intimate e-mail correspondences, tracks worker performance or thwarts employee theft has narrowed the realm of privacy for employees in offices, factories, on the road or telecommuting from home. see also Employers Call Internet Filtering 'Absolute Necessity' (Newsbytes).
(Newsbytes) Leaders from eight industrialized nations are reviewing the recommendations from a yearlong study that could help decision-makers bridge the yawning digital divide between wealthy and developing nations.
(Interactive Week) During the opening day of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' quarterly meeting, a working group of the country-code top level domains (ccTLDs), such as .uk or .fr, voted unanimously to pull out of ICANN's Domain Name Supporting Organization (DNSO). They also called on ICANN to create a separate supporting organization that would provide the ccTLDs with more say in ICANN's decision making and give them at least one seat on ICANN's board of directors. see also IETF vs. ICANN, Internet body takes up challenge to its authority (AP), Report Urges ICANN To Broaden Leadership Ranks (Newsbytes), ICANN's I Can't Attitude Alienating Internet Community (InternetNews), ICANN Struggles With Internet Names (AP), EU Goes Against Flow in Quest for New Web Domains (Reuters).
(Wired) Britain's first step in the country's grand plan to move all government-related services onto the Internet has resulted in a virtual lockout for users who do not run Microsoft software.
(Transfert) Pionnière du vote électronique, la Belgique fait marche arrière. Le Sénat s´apprête à voter un moratoire sur l´extension d´un scrutin sur ordinateur.
(BBC) The internet is having almost no effect on voting decisions in the general election, research suggests.
(RAPID) The European Commission proposed a new Directive on tobacco advertising and sponsorship. The draft Directive will outlaw tobacco advertising in the print media and it will also prohibit advertising of tobacco products in the radio and on the Internet.
(Heise) Die für den Verbraucherschutz zuständigen Minister der 15 EU-Staaten konnten sich in Brüssel nicht auf eine gemeinsame Linie einigen. Der Vorschlag der Europäischen Kommission für eine "Richtlinie zum Fernvertrieb von Finanzdienstleistungen" liegt seit Oktober 1998 vor.
(Reuters) Online gaming (gambling) was dealt a setback in two of the country's largest potential markets over the last week when the California and Nevada legislatures moved separately to keep the industry out of their states.
(Heise) Erwartungsgemäß hat das Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Köln dem E-Commerce-Unternehmen PrimusOnline GmbH und seiner Tochter PrimusPowershopping die Veranstaltung von Gruppenkäufen per Internet mit nach Interessentenzahl gestaffelten Rabatten (sogenanntes Powershopping) untersagt.
(Heise) Der Internet-Apotheke DocMorris ist zum wiederholten Mal von einem deutschen Gericht im Eilverfahren der Vertrieb apothekenpflichtiger Medikamente untersagt worden. siehe auch Kammergericht entscheidet gegen Internet-Apotheke (Heise).
(Press Release) A cyber tip line and the Children Online Protection Committee are two new measures being undertaken by the Province of Manitoba to protect Manitoba children from being exploited on the Internet. The committee’s mandate includes: assisting victims; setting up a cyber tip line; promoting industry self-regulation by Internet service providers; encouraging the use of filtering; assisting in the identification of child pornography and luring on the Internet; gathering research on the extent of exploitative material on the Internet; and recommending prevention strategies to further child safety.
(ZDNet UK) The Inhope Association will be launching a new Web site designed to encourage a global crackdown on Internet child pornography.
(vnunet.fr) Le "Forum des droits sur l'Internet" voulu par Lionel Jospin a été inauguré ce jeudi 31 mai. L'association en charge de ce forum entend favoriser la concertation entre les acteurs publics et privés de l'Internet ; possédant une mission consultative, elle émettra des recommandations. Un vaste programme "destiné à la construction de la civilité d'Internet" qui passe aussi par une coopération internationale. voir aussi De quoi traitera le Forum des droits sur l´Internet ? et Il est né le divin Forum ! (transfert).
(TechKnowledge Newsletter) Despite its Wild West reputation, the Internet is subject to substantial regulation. A solution, however, is more Internets, not more regulations.
(Wired) Proposed legislation to regulate Internet activity has enraged libertarians who say the measure would squelch free speech. The "Law of Information Society Services and Electronic Commerce" (known by its Spanish acronym LSSI) would force websites to register with the government and require Web hosting companies to police content by reporting suspected illicit activity.
(Guardian) Tony Blair is poised to break up the sprawling department of culture, media and sport, and apportion its component parts to other ministries in the Whitehall reorganisation that follows Labour's expected election victory.
(Guardian) The promise of Tony Blair's campaign to drag government into the information age will not be met, according to European Informatics Markets group, known as Eurim, an influential lobbying group . A draft report concludes that the target is being undermined because many in government do not appreciate the complexity of the task.
(FT) Public users of e-mail in the European Union should use encryption technology for their personal e-mails to ensure that they are not spied on by a US-led spy network called Echelon, the European parliament said.
(Guardian) Britain's move to broadband internet is going at a snail's pace compared with the rest of the world. Neil McIntosh looks at why the technology has failed to break into the mass market
(FT) The German telecommunications regulator is expected to give the go-ahead for limited co-operation between mobile operators in building and using third-generation networks in a move that could save the sector billions of euros.
(Heise) Eine Schwarze Liste gegen rassistische und fremdenfeindliche Seiten im Internet haben die Jugendminister der 15 EU-Staaten vorgeschlagen. Sie verabschiedeten gestern bei ihrem Treffen in Brüssel eine Erklärung, die entsprechende Inhalte im Datennetz verurteilt.
(New York Times) The Minneapolis Public Library gives its patrons unfettered and unlimited access to the Internet. But Wendy Adamson, a librarian, said it effectively made her working life a nightmare. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that the library, by exposing its staff to sexually explicit images on unrestricted computer terminals, may have allowed for a hostile work environment.
(AP) Computer mit Internetzugang sollten nach Ansicht des Wiesbadener Kriminologen Rudolf Egg mit speziellen Kinderschutzsicherungen ausgerüstet werden. Es müssten Möglichkeiten entwickelt werden, damit Kinder zum Beispiel gar nicht erst in die Lage versetzt würden, bestimmte Web-Seiten aufzurufen.
(Safer Internet) The third issue of the Safer Internet newsletter has been published (PDF). Main points: launch of a discussion forum, spotlights on "DotSafe, dot sure and eSchola" and "Focussing on filtering", and major news items including the adoption of the text of the Council of Europe convention on cybercrime, the announcement of the EC cybercrime forum and the launch of INHOPE's new website. See also Version française, deutsche Fassung and previous issues, HTML version.
(vnunet) Hackers have escaped with around 50,000 email addresses, after the Seti@home project was hacked. A number of the email addresses taken have since been subjected to a major spam attack.
(MSNBC) An e-mail virus that seeks out images of child pornography on systems running Microsoft Windows and alerts government agencies to positive findings, has been released by hackers intent on cleaning up the Internet.
(FT) In an unexpected announcement, Grete Knudsen, Norway's trade and industry minister, proposed to parliament to cut the state's stake in Telenor from 78 per cent to 34 per cent. Up to then, the government was only willing to consider 51 per cent as its absolute bottom.
(BBC) Soon your TV could be talking to your PC and telling it which webpages to load. A US company has produced a gadget that reacts to audio signals embedded in TV programmes and tells your PC to surf over to webpages related to that show.
(New York Times) Microsoft and America Online are negotiating a range of licensing and legal issues so contentious that the two sides disagreed over the weekend whether they were even still talking.
(Salon) When did everything start falling apart? Historians will no doubt pick over the remains of the early days of the Internet for decades to come, but it's probably fair to say that the success of Napster signaled the beginning of the end.
(Total Telecom) NTT DoCoMo may have had things its own way while on home turf, but branching out with i-Mode is not without its challenges.
(New York Times) GoTo.com is a search engine with a difference: Web sites pay to be included in the search results after a user entered key words. The idea was widely ridiculed and reviled. But three years later, as most other companies that depend on Internet ads are foundering, GoTo is thriving — not as a search service itself, but as a provider of search results to other sites.
(New York Times) The Internet is sustaining a growing plague of attacks that overwhelm Web sites by flooding them with data, and an Internet security expert is warning Microsoft that the planned consumer rollout of its Windows XP operating system for personal computers could make the global network even more vulnerable.
(Heise) Deutschlands erstes Krypto-Handy geht jetzt in Serienproduktion. Äußerlich gleicht das Verschlüsselungs-Handy einem Siemens S35i, doch das TopSec GSM genannte Gerät bringt der Messtechnik-Spezialist Rohde und Schwarz auf den Markt.
(Australian IT) A trial of interactive TV in 150 Australian homes has found that 90 per cent of consumers accessed the internet, 83 per cent used t-mail (email on the TV), 74 per cent flicked through the TV Guide and 57 per cent ordered pizzas.
(Economist) The future of software may be a huge Internet-borne cloud of electronic offerings from which users can choose exactly what they want.
(CDT) The 107th Congress (2001-2002). As a tool to promote user-awareness, CDT provides you with this up-to-date guide to pending federal legislation affecting the Internet. As Congress attempts to regulate the digital age, this resource will allow you to keep track of the progress of Internet bills, from introduction to enactment. Our guide will also alert you about bills that are "moving" in the House or Senate
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