(Europa) The European Commission has adopted a Communication in which it states that private individuals should be free to use satellite dishes without undue technical, administrative, urban planning or tax obstacles.
(FT) The Russian parliament approved legislation banning majority foreign ownership of national television stations, in an unexpected and unusually rapid procedure.
(Ananova) The European Commission has raided UK and German mobile phone operators to investigate claims customers are being ripped off. The action follows allegations operators are overcharging customers. Commission officials are trying to find out whether the operators have colluded in illegal price-fixing for roaming, using another company's network when the user is abroad. See also EU raids mobile operators over roaming charges (FT).
(CNET News.com) Microsoft asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to readdress the finding that combining the Internet Explorer Web browser with Microsoft's Windows operating system violated antitrust law. The issue of commingling code should not be confused with tying, a separate claim the appellate judges sent back to the trial court. That claim questioned whether it was legal for Microsoft to tie - or integrate - Internet Explorer with Windows 95 and Windows 98. Microsoft tries to update legal history and Special: The Microsoft ruling (FT) .
(IDG) After howls of protests and threats of platform defections from user organizations, Microsoft has pushed back the deadlines for enrollment to its new licensing program by five months so enterprises can build the cost of the program into next year's budget cycles.
(FT) The US Justice Department said it would not ask the Supreme Court to hear its landmark antitrust suit against Microsoft, and asked for the case to be sent to a trial court quickly so a new judge could begin consideration of limits on the software giant's behaviour.
(FT) Microsoft gave a clear signal that it hopes to settle the remaining issues in its antitrust legal battles with the US government by moving to allow personal computer manufacturers to remove links to its internet browser software from the opening screen of Windows. see also Microsoft settles with New Mexico (MSNBC).
(Press Release) IWF will now recommend that UK ISPs review their policies on newsgroups and consider their coverage of groups that are shown to be regularly receiving child porn images. see also IWF says ISPs must drop illegal newsgroups (ZDNet UK).
(National Post) Child advocacy groups are pushing the Canadian branch of MCI/WorldCom, one of the world's biggest Internet companies, to close down a group of Montreal-based Web sites that offer advice, pictures and discussion groups for men who "love boys."
(AP) Distributing child pornography on the Internet is no different from circulating such material in print and will carry a sentence of up to 15 years, Germany's top criminal court announced.
(Newsbytes) The Hong Kong government is considering a number of legislative and other initiatives to tackle cyber crime, including forcing people to hand over encryption keys and requiring Internet service providers (ISPs) to keep subscriber records longer.
(Computer Daily News) The Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence (ABCI) has launched the latest part of an intelligence-sharing network aimed at tackling electronic crime. The new facility will provide a repository of e-crime information that can be accessed by law enforcement agencies across all Australian jurisdictions.
(Newsbytes) A landmark court case in New Zealand has resulted in the conviction of a hacker who in 1998 deleted thousands of home pages from a server based in the U.S.
(The West Australian) A man has been fined $10,000 for possessing stories about child pornography even though the judge said they were not as serious as pornographic pictures because they were fictional and there were no victims.
(Ananova) The Home Secretary is being updated on the latest ideas to protect children from abusers on the internet by the Government's taskforce on child protection on the internet. The Government has pledged the taskforce will make UK cyberspace the safest place in the world for internet users.
(Independent) A Welsh teenage hacker was sentenced on six counts of breaking into computer systems in the Britain, America and Canada, and two counts of "obtaining services by deception". After pleading guilty to the charges at Swansea Crown Court, he was given a three-year community probation order linked to treatment for a mental disorder. see also U.K. Student Given Three Years Probation For Hacking
(icWales) A man was jailed after admitting downloading 162 hardcore pornographic images of children. Cardiff Crown Court heard that police raided 35-year-old factory worker Paul Reynolds's home after discovering he had paid for explicit pictures of children aged between four and nine years engaged in sex acts.
(The Times) In sentencing an offender for offences of downloading pornographic photographs of children, the court, in considering whether or not the custody threshold was passed, should take into account (i) that distribution, depending on its extent, or further dissemination of obscene material was almost inevitably likely to be an aggravating factor and (ii) the degree of obscenity involved in the image.
(BBC) A supermarket chain has launched an investigation after one of its staff sent a female customer a collection of violent and pornographic nursery rhymes by e-mail. She had registered her details on Safeway's website in order to be told about products and special promotions.
(Newsbytes) House lawmakers reintroduced legislation designed to encourage businesses to share information on cyber-attacks with the government and each other by exempting such sharing from antitrust and public scrutiny.
(RAPID) "Consumer Voice", the new monthly electronic newsletter from the European Commission's Directorate General for Health and Consumer Protection, is now available. It covers the full range of the responsibilities of the Directorate General : food safety, public health and consumer protection.
(AP) Commercial Alert, a 3-year-old group founded by consumer activist Ralph Nader, asked the FTC to investigate whether eight of the Web's largest search engines are violating federal laws against deceptive advertising by concealing the impact special fees have on search results by Internet users.
(Reuters) Afghanistan's ruling Taliban movement has banned the use of the Internet in the war-torn country to stop access to vulgar, immoral and anti-Islamic material. see also Taliban Net Crackdown Highlights Global Trend (Newsbytes).
(Reuters) An Australian government Web site was back online for China's 22 million Internet users for the first time in 18 months after complaints to Chinese officials over censorship.
(Reuters) China has shut nearly 2,000 down Internet cafes across the country and has ordered 6,000 to suspend operations and make changes.
(transfert) 120 000 sites internet sont marqués du sceau de l´infamie par le ministère de l´information et de la communication (MIC) coréen. L´accès à ces sites devrait être bloqué courant juillet. Méthode utilisée par le gouvernement : installer des logiciels de filtrage dans les cybercafés, les écoles et les bibliothèques publiques et obliger les fournisseurs d´accès à interdire l´accès à certains sites, sous peine de sanctions pénales.
(Washington Post) Iran lags behind much of the world in Internet use. But it is now escalating so rapidly that the government has been caught off guard. Officials are drafting rules and preparing software and equipment for controlling Internet access and service, but authorities say it is unclear whether restrictions will be implemented, and if they are, how effective they would be.
(Carnegie Endowment) It is widely believed that the Internet poses an insurmountable threat to authoritarian rule. But a number of case studies from around the world show that authoritarian regimes are finding ways to control and counter the political impact of Internet use.
(Australain IT) Electronic Frontiers Australia is appealing to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for details of websites that had been complained about under federal internet censorship laws. The Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) has the power to review complaints about websites and order local sites to be taken down.
(Guardian) There are now almost 400 internet cafes in Shanghai. But for some the internet means prison, not freedom.
(Newsbytes) Responding to an upswing in legal attacks against Internet parody sites, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is planning to launch a "Chilling Effects Clearinghouse" to help arm online speakers against "unfounded" attacks by corporate lawyers.
(Cato Institute) America's love-hate relationship with pornography ranks as one of great paradoxes of this country's history.
(Newsbytes) A bill introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren would require e-mail advertisements for sex sites and explicit content to contain an "electronic tag" that parents could use to block their reception by children.
(FT) The UK government began the process of merging media and telecommunications regulation into a single watchdog when it published a bill paving the way for Ofcom, the proposed body. See also Ministers debate green light for Ofcom (vnunet)
(FT) The tussle for the future of the largest cable television market in the world took a new twist after China's telecommunications regulator gave a green light for convergence between internet and cable businesses - but the TV market regulator remained resistant to the idea.
(Le Monde) le gouvernement a fait connaître ses propositions sur la télévision numérique terrestre (TNT), également appelée hertzienne. Le régime envisagé sera très proche de celui qui s'applique aux programmes analogiques. Dans l'attente de l'ouverture de l'appel à candidatures, les avis restent partagés sur l'avenir de la TNT.
(Guardian) Television rather than the internet will fuel the next stage of change prompted by new media technologies, one of the industry's top regulators said. Patricia Hodgson, the chief executive of the independent television commission, said TV was already beginning to drive new products and would give most consumers their first taste of broadband Britain.
(FT) The US federal appeals court temporarily suspended a lower court decision ordering Napster, the song swapping website, to remain offline while the service implemented filters to block trading of copyrighted material. see also Napster Is Told to Remain Shut (New York Times) , Napster serves as crystal ball (CNET News.com) Napster's technology promises to identify songs by their audio "fingerprint". The technique avoids the pitfalls of filters based on file names, which can be easily changed. But there are significant logistical barriers in building a database of banned songs. see also Database "upgrades" keep Napster down (CNET News.com) and Looking for the next Napster (CNET News.com).
(Newsbytes) France is moving toward enacting a law that would unleash Web crawlers - sort of like Google - to constantly scour the French Internet and collect most online content for storage in the national archives. Voir aussi La BNF cultive la mémoire du réseau (Libération).
(New York Times) Music sites could face further delays in launching because of difficulties sewing up licenses for composition rights, which have gotten less attention than the recording rights. Complicating matters further, music site operators may face pressure to secure a third type of right, a performance right.
(Reuters) Microsoft will ease up on planned anti-piracy measures in its upcoming Windows XP operating system amid fire from critics who say the measures will needlessly hassle innocent users. see also XP Not Privy to Computer Privates (Wired).
(Reuters) In a landmark deal that could provide crucial momentum to the nation's foundering digital TV transition, Sony and Warner Bros. are expected to announce a pact with the world's top electronics makers to open their vast libraries in exchange for some copy control. The agreement covers only content carried over cable systems.
(New York Times) A 27-year-old Russian cryptographer was arrested at a Las Vegas hotel, a day after giving a presentation to a large convention of computer hackers on decrypting the software developed by Adobe used to protect electronic books. He is being charged with trafficking in software to circumvent copyrightable materials and aiding and abetting such trafficking under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. See also Hacker Arrest Stirs Protest (Wired).
(Salon) If members of the U.K.'s Creative Industries Task Force have their way, British teenagers will soon be cramming for tests on intellectual property law and the legal implications of file-sharing.
(Reuters) Music publishers and songwriters have joined the growing list of media companies suing file-sharing company Aimster for copyright infringement, saying that the service is trying to fill the void left by Napster.
(CNET News.com) In this digital age, the custodians of published works are at the center of a global copyright controversy that casts them as villains simply for doing their job: letting people borrow books for free.
(CNN) The Internet song-sharing service Napster has resolved a long, contentious legal battle with heavy metal rock band Metallica and hip-hop music legend Dr. Dre.
(New York Times) The book publishing giant Random House will appeal a district court's decision that a book contract does not automatically include the exclusive right to publish digital editions of the same text.
(CNET News.com) A federal appeals court has for the second time breathed life into a patent that could force software vendors to pay licensing fees to sell their products directly over the Internet.A full panel of judges on the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ordered a lower court that effectively had thrown out the patent to reconsider its scope more broadly.
(Newsbytes) Webcasting companies that offer "interactive" radio programming have won the right to participate in a federal arbitration panel charged with setting royalty rates for online music.
(Le Monde) Le projet de loi relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard des traitements de données à caractère personnel et modifiant la loi du 6 janvier 1978 relative à l'informatique, aux fichiers et aux libertés a été présenté le 18 juillet en conseil des ministres par Marylise Lebranchu, ministre de la justice et garde des sceaux. Voir aussi La garde des sceaux souhaite doter la CNIL de pouvoirs supplémentaires, Quelle CNIL pour demain ? (Le Monde), La France veut protéger les fichiers d´État et La CNIL au rapport (transfert).
(AP) New fears about online privacy were stirred when Eli Lilly and Co. said it had inadvertently released over the Internet the e-mail addresses of more than 600 people on Prozac.
(Wired) Thanks to the European Union, globalization could be improving your privacy. Microsoft, Intel, Hewlett-Packard and Procter & Gamble have decided to apply the Safe Harbor principles and provide European-grade privacy protection to their customers and employees worldwide.
(ZDNet FR) Le Parlement européen s'oppose à la conservation des traces de connexion, mais laisse chaque État libre de décider quelle attitude adopter vis à vis du spam.
(Guardian) Set-top boxes can tell corporate HQ what you watched last night and even what you bought online. And now the interactive TV industry wants to sell that data to advertisers.
(Heise) Der Ausschuss für die Freiheiten und Rechte der Bürger, Justiz und innere Angelegenheiten des Europaparlaments will flächendeckender elektronischer Überwachung einen Riegel vorschieben.
(transfert) La Cnil a demandé à un hébergeur français de ne plus diffuser un site divulguant des informations personnelles sur des francs-maçons. Il réapparaît en Belgique.
(BBC) Nearly three-quarters of all adults in Britain are worried about the amount of personal details being stored electronically by companies and organisations, according to the data protection watchdog.
(AP) When you register with an Internet Services Provider, or ISP, such as Yahoo and you select a fictitious name, you expect the ISP to keep your identity private. But the three-judge appellate panel set down the legal rules to be followed in New Jersey to govern when this wall of secrecy can be pierced.
(CNN) California moved closer to give consumers more control over their financial information than a recently enacted federal law allows. The proposed law differs from the federal act in two respects: it gives consumers the ability to "opt-out" of confidential data sharing with affiliated firms, and the proposed state law requires "opt-in" or affirmative consent for companies that want to sell or share customer data to third parties.
(Washington Post) The Bush administration issued detailed guidelines for protecting the confidentiality of medical records, attempting to dispel what many described as the most serious misconceptions about the first federal patient privacy rules.
(Business Week) To date, only 68 U.S. companies have signed up for the "safe harbor" provision in which American companies can avoid sanctions in Europe if they voluntarily embrace a watered-down version of EU privacy standards. Now, contrast that to the mad scramble by companies moving to comply with a new U.S. law, effective July 1, that stipulates rules for data sharing by financial-service companies.
(MSNBC) The Senate Commerce Committee waded into the online privacy debate, leaving little doubt that it intends to establish stronger privacy protections for Internet users.
(Newsbytes) The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and Internews, a nonprofit company based in Brussels, that fosters independent media in the developing world announced the creation of the Global Internet Policy Initiative, a foundation formed to help developing countries enact policies that narrow the digital divide.
(Newsbytes) Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Michael Powell said that the U.S. needs to help Africa catch up with the rest of the world in telecommunications and information technology, but encouraged those working to solve its problems to think of them as "digital development," not a "digital divide."
(IDG) People in developing nations could soon be using modified Linux game consoles equipped with satellite links to help them learn about vital health issues. The project, sponsored by Western and Asian business leaders working through the World Economic Forum (WEF), aims to narrow the so-called digital divide.
(AP) -) Poorer countries can raise their living standards by changing laws, building technology infrastructure and training workers to use the Internet, a report concludes. The 86-page report, "Creating a Development Dynamic," came from the United Nations Development Program, along with the Markle Foundation, and the global management consultancy Accenture. Together, the group calls itself the Digital Opportunity Initiative
(Metropolitan Computer Times) Proving her administration is serious about using information and communications technology to eliminate poverty, Philippine President Macapagal-Arroyo has allotted an entire chapter of her economic agenda to bridging the so-called digital divide.
(Reuters) The bitter irony of the World Wide Web phenomenon is that while in theory the global network of networks is open to all, the vast majority of the world's population remain cut off from its economic benefits.
(Heise) Eine Einigung zwischen der EU Kommission, dem Telekommunikationsausschuß des Rates und dem Europäischen Parlament über die Einrichtung der .eu-Domain ist nicht mehr vor der Sommerpause in Sicht.
(EP web site) Codecision procedure - EP first reading. see also Implementation of the Internet top level domain ".EU" A5-0226/2001 Rapporteur: Colette Flesch. Report on the proposal for a European Parliament and Council regulation COM (2000) 827. legislative history: see PreLex and EP Legislative Observatory.
(Heise) Innerhalb der kommenden Wochen will eine von verschiedenen irischen Ministerien und der irischen Länderregistry getragene Initiative einen Vorschlag für die Organisation der geplanten .eu-Registry machen.
(transfert) Un cyber-squatteur récidiviste a acquis tourdefrance.com pour en faire un site porno allemand. La société du Tour tente de récupérer le nom.
(Newsbytes) VeriSign has sent a letter to ICANN accusing some of its largest competitors of improperly poaching customers who own Web addresses through VeriSign.
(Interactive Week) Under the intellectual property section of the FTAA's trade agreement, proposed language requires ccTLD operators to abide by the UDRP developed by Icann. The FTAA agreement aims to reduce barriers and tariffs in the Western Hemisphere by creating one set of trade rules for the 34 countries in North and South America, except Cuba.
(Newsbytes) An Argentine company that has been doing business under the name "Harrods" for nearly 90 years wants to contest a court ruling that would allow the United Kingdom-based Harrods to take possession of 60 Internet addresses registered by the South American firm.
(Heise) Der Chemie- und Pharmakonzern Bayer hat die Gruppe "Coordination gegen BAYER-Gefahren e.V." (CBG) gezwungen, die Domain Bayerwatch.de nicht mehr zu verwenden.
(ALSC) The At-Large Membership Study Committee has released its Discussion Paper #1.
(BBC) This week the net's ruling body re-asserted its existing policy for managing and creating domain names on the world wide web. It issued a stark warning to those organisations offering alternative domain names that sit outside the net's centrally organised name system. see Keeping the Internet a Reliable Global Public Resource (ICANN), Competing Domain-Name Registries Creating Tower of Cyber-Babel (Standard) and Mit .oeko, .mode und .musik gegen ICANN (Heise).
(ZDNet) The launch of seven new top-level domains is again highlighting concerns about the thoroughness and privacy of publicly searchable databases. Whois, a database that contains personal contact information of people who register Web sites, is the subject of an oversight hearing before a House Judiciary subcommittee.
(RAPID) "From Policy to Practice" will be the main theme of the eGovernment conference, jointly organised by the Commission and the Belgian Presidency, to take place in Brussels on 29-30 November.
(Washington Post) The Voting Technology Project report, by the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology suggested a move to optical-scan ballots. Internet voting "has all the problems of absentee voting and adds problems of security. At least a decade of further research on the security of home computers is needed before Internet voting can come in."
(New York Times) While it is illegal to offer wagers over the Internet in most states, a growing number of American companies are profiting from a boom in online gambling and from business relationships with virtual casinos based overseas whose games can be played here.In the process, software makers, media companies and Internet services working with overseas casinos may themselves be running afoul of the law.
(Revolution UK Online) The Department for Culture Media and Sport’s Gambling Review Body has recommended that online gaming should now be permitted in the UK. Up to now it has been illegal to set up online casino, bingo and machine gaming sites in Great Britain.
(New York Times) The Internet revolution has nothing to do with the Nasdaq and everything to do with a 15-year-old California kid going online and turning himself into a big-shot lawyer.
(Ananova) Government officials say Muslim men cannot use mobile phones to declare their intent to wives as the country's law states it must be done in court. Divorce declarations through SMS have been endorsed by religious authorities in the United Arab Emirates and Singapore. see also Les dignitaires koweitiens divisés quant au divorce électronique (AFP).
(Birmingham Post) No action will be taken against a council worker alleged to have downloaded porn using a computer because officials have broken the law by breaching his human rights. Walsall Council has been told serious disciplinary action is not an option because it "acted illegally by intercepting communications".
(Washington Post) Six giant publishing houses will provide free electronic access to about 1,000 medical journals to medical schools, research laboratories and government health departments in poor countries.
(MSNBC) About half of American adults seeking information about their children’s health cannot grasp the information available on the Internet, said Donna D’Alessandro of the Children’s Hospital of Iowa University, author of the study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. The findings come on the heels of a survey that found online medical information about adult as well as pediatric diseases is hard for many users to understand.
(Reuters) Die Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA) will im Internet eine Drogenberatung für Jugendliche eröffnen
(Heise) Der Kölner Verband der deutschen Internet-Wirtschaft eco richtet mit NewsWatch eine öffentliche Online-Hotline für Beschwerden rund um "illegale oder bedenkliche" Inhalte im Usenet ein.
(RAPID) The European Commission has adopted a Communication launching a broad debate on problems for the functioning of the Internal Market resulting from the divergence of national contract laws and on the need for further-reaching Community action in this area. All parties that wish to contribute to the debate are requested to send their contribution by 15 October 2001.
(transfert) Réseau GSM, aide à l´installation du haut débit, mise à disposition des pylônes d´EDF : le Comité interministériel d´aménagement et de développement du territoire réuni à Limoges par Lionel Jospin, lundi 9 juillet, était - aussi - numérique.
(Washington Post) Americans are conflicted about the Internet, enthusiastically embracing it even as they worry about privacy, misinformation and sexual or violent content, according to a study by the Markle Foundation.
(Reuters) The French government has drawn up plans to ensure that all the country has access to high-speed Internet links within five years.
(IDG) AOL Time Warner petitioned the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to accept its plan to offer high-speed Internet service over Time Warner cable lines, presenting its deals with two competitors in order to meet the open-access requirements the commission demanded of its merger last year.
(Bloomberg) AT&T Corp., the No. 1 U.S. cable television company, has the right to decide which Internet companies may access its fast Web connections in Virginia. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals let stand a decision that Henrico County, Va., broke the law when it required AT&T to open cable lines to Internet companies as a condition of operating in the county. The appeals court said federal law pre-empts the local ordinance.
(Chronicle of Higher Edication) Within a few years, specialized telecourses that make use of high-definition television, or HDTV, will be delivered over high-speed networks like Internet2. But some institutions whose students could benefit from advanced television technology may not have the network capacity to receive the courses.
(ZDNet DE) Förderverein zieht zum fünfjährigen Bestehen Zwischenbilanz: "Experimentierfreude stärker fördern"
(The Register) An amendment was adopted by the Citizens' Rights and Freedoms, Justice and Home Affairs Committee blocking Commission proposals for Europe-wide legislation forcing e-marketeers to seek the permission of consumers before they send out commercial emails. See also German Multimedia Group Supports 'Opt-In' Spam Standard (Newsbytes).
(Wired) A controversial list that helps e-mail administrators block traffic from spam-friendly servers has now passed to a third generation of volunteer activists after a second-generation operator was sidelined.
(Washington Post) Verizon announced a new policy to fight unsolicited commercial e-mail: customers who use a different domain name won't be able to send messages from that address. The change has angered some customers and puzzled Internet experts, who doubt the policy change will do much to help,
(FT) Cross-border legal judgements are on the increase, but global standards are no nearer.
(Guardian) Internet service provider Demon Internet won a legal challenge to the injunction that prohibits UK media from publishing information about the new identities or location of James Bulger's killers. Under the terms of the amended injunction, ISPs will be held in contempt if they have been made aware that information about the killers had been posted and failed to take action about the breach.
(New York Times) A federal judge has ruled that Internet users who downloaded free software from a Web site were not bound by the terms of a software licensing agreement because they never consented to it. See also Netscape click-wrap decision (CNET News.com).
(Europemedia) Hungary will not auction Universal Mobile Telecommunications (UMTS) licences this year due to poor investor sentiment in the telecoms sector.
(Irish Times) As the move towards 3G mobile phones and increasingly advanced PDAs gathers momentum, Jim Colgan wonders what drives technology to ever further heights.
(Wired) The government is delaying a planned auction of wireless licenses that are ideal for delivering high-speed Internet, video and other features to telephones and handheld devices.
(New York Times) The Internet age is ushering in a new mode of parental oversight, one in which Mom and Dad draw Web-based boundaries, issue computer curfews and worry about whether their hack-happy youngsters are making trouble.
(ZDNet FR) Dans un récent rapport, la Commission émet un ensemble de recommandations concernant les sites destinés aux jeunes. Elle précise notamment qu'aucune information ne doit être soutirée aux mineurs sans l'accord des parents.
(dpa) Jugendschützer finden im Internet immer mehr Pornografie und so genannte «Tasteless»-Seiten («Geschmacklos»- Seiten), die Fotos von zerstückelten Leichen, Unfallopfer und Ähnliches zeigen.
(Europa Press) La asociación para los derechos del niño y de la niña, PRODENI, denunció hoy la "facil accesibilidad" de los menores a la pornografía en locales con acceso a Internet. Además, la organización reclama el análisis de la normativa, el control de los 'cibercafés' y exige la denuncia de los centros que "no restrinjan, mediante medios técnicos, la accesibilidad de los menores a ciertas páginas web".
(Schoolsnet) Education chiefs in Wales have launched an inquiry after primary school pupils logged onto a hard-core pornographic site during a computer studies lesson, it has emerged.
(EUMC) The European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) in Vienna has now established partnerships in all 15 EU Member States to develop new measures to prevent racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism and to support equality and diversity in Europe.
(transfert) Le tribunal de Paris demande des précisions à l´association anti-raciste en procès avec 13 fournisseurs d´accès et estime nécessaire "d´approfondir le débat". voir aussi Faut-il filtrer les sites racistes? (Libération), Le Mrap ne cautionne pas J´accuse (transfert) L´association anti-raciste juge dangereux le filtrage de sites par les fournisseurs d´accès et estime prioritaire la lutte contre les auteurs. N'est pas Zola qui veut (IRIS) et Pas de pitié pour la haine en ligne ! (transfert).
(MacWorld) BASCOM, a developer of e-curriculum filtering solutions, has announced the "next generation" filtering technology.
(New York Times) Seth Finkelstein is an activist who decrypts filtering programs, the software used by private companies, libraries and schools to block out undesirable sites.
(ZDNet UK) The online gay community is launching an attack on the Internet cafe chain EasyEverything for blocking gay Web sites from its service using WebSense filtering software.
(Libération) Pédophilie, violence, drogue... le système de blocage est fondé sur le volontariat.
(Register) MessageLabs has launched a service designed to provide firms with a more effective mechanism to scan incoming email for porn. The Image Composition Analysis Software (ICA) to be used by MessageLabs can detect faces in pictures and distinguish by texture between flesh-coloured backgrounds and naked skin in order to give better detection results than flesh tone analysis alone can produce.
(CNN) There's a fine line between innovative and obnoxious, and millions of Internet users are now making that distinction as they encounter a new wave of online advertising. See also How Annoying Can Online Ads Get? (Newsbytes), Browser Blocks Ads and More and What Pops Up Must Come Down (Wired) .
(Computer User) A program called ChildSafe 3.0 from Webroot Software of Boulder, Colo., is worth a look for concerned parents. The program is an indefatigable nanny and tireless snitch that allows parents to block any Web site. It also tracks all Internet and keyboard activity, takes periodic screen shots and will even e-mail the resulting logs to a parent at work.
(Net Family Newsletter) A new online-parenting and filtering challenge: a Napster-style ("peer-to-peer," or "P2P," file-sharing) service. The difference between Napster and Morpheus is that Napster is all music; Morpheus goes the next step to include image, video, and document file-sharing as well.
(Computer Buyer) The Japanese Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications have called in a number of mobile telephone companies to help them develop software that will block access to x-rated sites on mobile phones. The user will be able to decide whether or not to install the software and if installed, it would only allow access to a number of designated safe sites
(MSN) The Internet is a whole world to discover - full of interesting facts, images, and people. Like the real world, the virtual world of the Internet also has its dangers, so it pays to be aware of potential threats before they arise. MSN wants you to enjoy the internet safely, so we’ve put together this Web site with tips and hints to help parents and children get the most out of the Internet and avoid potential dangers online. see also Shaquille O'Neal and Tara Lipinski help launch Stay Safe Online, an online tutorial that teaches kids and parents basic Internet surfing skills.
(USA Today) Parents may be clueless, but they know enough about instant messaging to be concerned. More than half of parents in several recent surveys said they worry that their kids were talking to online strangers. And they're right: Half of kids admit it. se also Kids need enduring smarts with instant messaging.
(MSNBC) By Brock N. Meeks. Most reports about a new study about online use missed the screaming red flags warning parents that they are losing their kids to anonymous chat rooms, instant messages and the "No Fear" zones of the Net.
(Ananova) A team of 'Teenangels' are to teach children the fundamentals of online safety. Their goal is to teach young surfers how to avoid criminals who prey on children using e-mail, chat rooms and instant messaging. It is the brainchild of Parry Aftab, a New York lawyer who specialises in security and privacy law.
(Ananova) A charity's guidance for parents on how to ensure their children use the internet safely is being made available in a nationwide network of electrical stores. NCH said it wants its NetSmart Rules to reach as many families as possible and they are now to be found free of charge in Comet's 264 shops.
(BBC) A soap actress whose teenage character is duped by an internet stalker is helping to teach children about the dangers of online chatrooms. See also Chatroom safety system launched for internet youngsters (Ananova) .
(Wired) A Commerce Department "Safe Harbor" site established to aid U.S. firms in offering adequate privacy protection instead revealed confidential information about American firms. See also U.S. scrutinizes security hole at privacy site (Reuters).
(IDG) When non-proft security site Attrition.org decided to stop mirroring Web site defacements, the group blamed the volume of defacements and said their hobby had become a "thankless chore." Members of Attrition gave a talk at the Black Hat Briefings conference in Las Vegas and dispensed hard-earned wisdom - and some bitterness - to those who might follow in their footsteps.
(Newsweek) Online fraud was threatening to drive an Internet start-up out of business. Then PayPal decided to stay and fight back.
(Newsbytes) Worldwide Internet security weaknesses will get worse before they get better, and there isn't a whole lot lawmakers, can do to improve the situation, one Internet security expert told a Senate subcommittee.
(vnunet) In what may be a record of some sort, notorious hacker group World of Hell managed to deface 679 web sites in just one minute.
(ZDNet) The Honeynet Project - a group of experts in computer security, information intelligence and psychology - unveiled its plans for improving "honeynets," collections of computers designed to let hackers break into a false network while allowing investigators to watch their every move. see also Decoy PCs give hackers a security lesson (IDG).
(vnunet) US spook site, NSA.gov, has finally re-released its guidelines on securing Windows 2000 and added hints on protecting Cisco routers from hackers.
(vnunet.) A pro-Israeli defacing group, m0sad, hit 480 websites in a political hack that probably took less than a minute.
(Newsbytes) A new Internet worm may be on the loose and could have already infected thousands of sites running Web server software from Microsoft, security experts warned. see also Attack Program Exploits New Microsoft Bug (Newsbytes).
(BUGNET) Noted Bulgarian security consultant, Georgi Guninski, went public with a security advisory for Office XP users that would allow a malicious web developer unencumbered access to a victim’s e-mails.
(CNET News.com) Online financial services provider S1 acknowledged that it suffered an electronic break-in last month, when an unknown attacker exploited a security flaw to access one of the company's servers.
(MSNBC) The home page for one of the nation’s most respected computer security training institutes has been defaced and the site remains offline. A group identifying itself as "Fluffi Bunni" managed to break into the Web site for the Networking and Security Institute, which is known as SANS.
(CNET News.com) Las Vegas plays host to two separate security conferences - one for people who guard computer systems, another for those who break into them.
(vnunet) Australian web servers have been getting a proper grilling from a defacer who seems bent on bringing poor security policies to the attention of the masses.
(Newsbytes) Most of the servers were running older versions of Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) software. Peter Sommer, an info-tech security expert and risk analyst, said that in every case where Gray gained unauthorized access to systems, site owners did not follow basic security requirements set out by Microsoft. "Rather than demonizing hackers, people who run Web sites should ensure that they have adequate levels of security on their systems," he said. see also Hacker learns internet deception isn't child's play
(ZDNet) A new way to attack wireless networks underscores the lack of security for PC owners using the airwaves to connect their computers.
(ZDNet News) The next generation of computer worms will be stealthier, more targeted and harder to defend against, a security expert predicted at the Black Hat Security Briefings.
(RAPID) Commissioner Erkki Liikanen will open an event that marks the launch of new specifications for secure smart cards-readers by the European Committee for Standardisation. These specifications are the result of the work of the FINREAD Consortium, consisting of innovative European payment schemes.
(AP) President Bush is weighing a markedly different approach to protecting the nation's technology backbone from terrorism - one that would replace the high-profile security job his predecessor created with an advisory board of federal officials.
(AP) A government payroll computer center in Denver is fraught with security problems, raising the possibility of criminals stealing or altering records, congressional investigators said
(Libération) Les forums pour «adultes» seront fermés par crainte de la pédophilie.
(Press Release) Oftel has today set out how the flexibility and responsiveness of self and co-regulatory initiatives can bring important benefits to consumers and the telecoms industry.
(RAPID) Erkki LIIKANEN Member of the European Commission responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society, Satellite Action Plan, Plenary Session 2001 Brussels, 9 July 2001. see also Commission supports development of competitive European satellite communications sector (RAPID)
(Newsbytes) A report on the current state of the European telecommunications market is highly critical of the European Union's (EU) implementation of its local loop unbundling legislation. The legislation, which was approved and passed into EU law last December, has failed to have any effect on the market, the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) says.
(Metropolitan Computer Times) A flurry of criticism is expected to deluge the Philippine National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) after a recent ruling that will limit voice-over-IP (VoIP) on PCs and disallow the use of phones to receive calls made through the Internet.
(Guardian) TVnewsweb had the inspired idea of bypassing news agencies and selling the film shot by camera crews direct to broadcasters, using a website as a shop window. So why has the company now folded?
(FT) The digital set-top box has seen spectacular rates of growth. The rapid expansion of digital TV into new markets and the development of additional interactive services are expected to contribute to continued strong growth over the next five years. One reason for set-top box optimism is the promise that the analogue television signal will eventually be switched off.
(FT) Digital video recorders were supposed to replace analogue machines. But they remain a cult.
(Washingon Pöst) For the past three years, the cable industry has found that new services are being lapped up by consumers almost as fast as operators can answer phones and dispatch installers' trucks. And there are more enticements to come, each one with a price tag attached. One coming in the next year is video on demand.
(Technology Review) On academia's high-powered Internet2, researchers are redefining what computer networks can do.
(Le Monde) L'interconnexion à haut débit des réseaux européens de recherche sera opérationnelle en novembre 2001.
(Wired) ISPs are battling rogue spammers lurking in the back alleys and hidden corners of their networks. As the fighting heats up, more and more legitimate e-mail is getting blocked along with the junk.
(Reuters) Microsoft jumped into the online music fray with a deal to offer Pressplay, an online service formed by music giants Vivendi Universal and Sony, on its MSN network.
(The Standard) Online bookstore BOL can't stand the Amazon heat and announces the closure of its loss-making French and Spanish operations.
(Wired) Anders Lövbrand says he's found a steady source of income for indigent content providers: ISPs. The idea behind Lövbrand's company TRIC, which stands for "true revenue for Internet content," is this: Online media band together in a united front to force ISPs to pay for distributing their material. Using proprietary software, TRIC will filter out ISPs that refuse to pay up.
(Reuters) The forthcoming release of JRR Tolkien's classic will be the first major release to be promoted using wireless technology Mobile phone users will be able to download messages from Gandalf the Wizard and Frodo the Hobbit as a marketing ploy to promote the up-and-coming "Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy
(vnunet) Microsoft claims that dropping the Java virtual machine from Windows XP does not mean that it is phasing out Java support. See also Microsoft to drop Java software from Windows XP (FT).
(Knowledge@Wharton) Why did two corporate enemies decide they needed each other 1996, but not in 2001?
(New York Times) After five years inside the cocoon of an intense start- up, TheStreet.com, I have emerged to find common activities transformed by electronic connection. Not least of these, journalism has swiftly evolved to handle the rapid emergence of a new medium.
(CNET News.com) The fourth--and probably last--annual MP3.com Summit highlights just how much the online music world has moved away from the utopian visions of the original wave of music companies
(OJ) Mainstream publications have tripped over themselves to run a rash of stories contrasting the allegedly booming porn business to the deflated Internet economy. Some of the articles have been excellent, but many created or perpetuated the very myths that continue to obscure an already opaque industry.
(CNET News.com) An agreement between Microsoft and online music service Pressplay intensifies the war brewing between Internet and music giants, raising concerns that consumers will become the real casualties.
(Newsbytes) T-Online International, Europe's largest Internet service provider (ISP), is considering offering erotic content on its Web sites in an effort to increase revenue and reach profitability, and will at begin charging for content later this year.
(FT) Greg Dyke, director-general of the BBC, is to take a greater interest in the corporation's commercial activities after setting a more onerous cost-savings target designed to free up funds for programming.
(Guardian) Analysis of how the BBC tests the water in the corporation's preferred publicity vehicle, the Financial Times.
(New York Times) Webvan, the online grocer that epitomized the buoyant optimism that the Internet could revolutionize even the most entrenched industries, closed yesterday and said it would seek bankruptcy protection.
(Network News) While offering higher flexibility, wireless networks have been held back by a lack of speed, standards and reliability. Only now is the wireless local area network (Lan) beginning to enjoy industry respect. However, the wireless wide area network (Wan) is still struggling to get off the ground. The problem with the technology is finding an area where it is useful.
(Reuters) Barcelona-based pornography firm Private Media is aiming for a European listing to fund its plan to beam hard-core porn to mobile phone users.
(Newsbytes) Alltheweb.com's search engine has been improved with multiple results ranking methodologies, advanced link analysis, searchable MP3 and FTP results, and fewer searches that produce links to offensive content.
(Upside Today) In January 2001, Disney killed Go.com, including Infoseek, which had been one of the Internet's most popular sites. Free search had been an important element of Go.com's strategy. Suddenly, reality hit home: Failure to monetize Web traffic would lead to the company's demise.
(CNET News.com) A partial outage of Microsoft's MSN Messenger service, now in its seventh day, is casting a shadow over a wide-ranging services strategy that Microsoft hopes will be its future.
(AP) Microsoft will enlist VeriSign to help provide security for its planned set of Internet services called .Net.
(Yahoo FR) Deux spécialistes soutiennent avoir découvert plusieurs failles de sécurité dans MSN Messenger, donnant accès au mot de passe utilisé pour l'outil de messagerie de Microsoft et le service de messagerie Hotmail.
(CNET News.com) Web standards advocates are declaring victory in their battle over browsers, but as they turn up the heat on their next adversary it's clear that their longstanding crusade on behalf of elegant design principles is far from over.
(Heise) Nach einer Studie der GfK wurden im vergangenen Jahr in Deutschland 316 Millionen Musik-Downloads aus dem Internet gezogen und auf 133 Millionen Rohlinge gebrannt. Das sind 124 Prozent mehr als noch 1999. Nach Auffassung des Phonoverbandes handelte es sich "fast ausschließlich" um illegale Kopien.
(NUA) Only 1 percent of UK college and university students have never used the Internet, according to a new study from VirginStudent.
(MSNBC) From role-playing in steamy chat rooms to simply sending sensual notes to their spouses, many men and women are devoting hours each week to online sexual activities, largely to escape their daily routines, suggests a major survey of nearly 40,000 MSNBC.com users.
(NUA) Broadband Internet access is becoming popular in Spain, judging by the latest AIMC annual survey.
(PC World) Cybercops say computer crime incidents more than doubled last year, creating a virtual crime wave across computer systems all over the world.
(CNET News.com) Companies are focusing on the wrong data when it comes to identifying their most loyal customers, according to a new report by Jupiter Media Metrix. Nearly half of online shoppers, or 45 percent, choose e-commerce Web sites based on word-of-mouth recommendations, otherwise known as viral marketing. But only 7 percent of companies can accurately identify "viral influencers."
(Newsbytes) A report just published says that 40 percent of Germans over the age of 14 now surf the Internet.
(Nua) Jupiter Media Metrix predicts that half of all UK households will use digital TV by the end of 2005.
(ZDNet UK) Half of IT directors are willing to bet less than £1 that their IT systems are safe from hacker attack, according to a series of surveys from data solutions firm CMG Admiral. At three different security events, IT directors were asked about security and revealed an alarmingly lax approach to the issue.
(Reuters) The number of Internet users in Japan surged last year, thanks to the continuing proliferation of mobile phones connected to the Web.
(NUA) The China Internet Network Information Centre finds there are now 26.5 million Internet users in China, up 17.7 percent since the start of the year and up 56.8 percent since last year.
(Total Telecom) Online gaming, gambling, multimedia and location-based services will be worth US$38 billion in consumer spending in 2005, says Schema, an independent U.K.-based communications consultancy.
(CNET News.com) Up to 14 million U.S. workers are subject to continuous surveillance of their e-mail and Internet use, according to a new study by the Privacy Foundation.
(New York Times) In the last two years, however, as the Russian economy has posted its strongest growth in almost two decades, Russian Internet companies have grown rapidly, and the number of Russian Internet users has increased more than 50 percent, to about four million.
(Newsbytes) Aggressive last-mile build-outs by cable companies will lead to long-term domination of the U.S. broadband market. The number of broadband Internet subscribers worldwide will top 15 million by the end of this year and double in 2004, a study by Multimedia Research Group (MRG) said.
(NUA) Over half of UK Internet users are willing to pay for premium content, according to UK consultancy iStrat.
(BBC) Three quarters of UK websites do not count their users properly, the European head of an international research company says.
(vnunet) The UK now boasts over 10 million homes with internet connections, according to the latest survey from Mori.Since last May, over four million homes have signed up for a net connection, with most favouring the unmetered access model.
(Newsbytes) A market study released today said the battle is on for control of the European mobile communications data market, which will be worth billions of Euros annually by 2011.
(ISPA Belgium) The total number of Internet connections continues to grow thanks to the spectacular growth of broadband (ADSL and cable).
(ZDNet UK) As Europeans get more experience online, they are watching 10-15 percent less television, finds a new report. The Internet is providing print media with new opportunities, but is increasingly stealing TV audiences, reports Forrester Research.
(Nua) A new survey of European mobile service providers reveals the potential obstacles to next generation services including mobile commerce.
(MSNBC) Despite the growing junk pile of failed dot-com companies, Internet usage has held steady, according to the survey Time Online Why some people use the Internet more than before and why some use it less, by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
(Technology Review) W3C's Annotea lets you tack information to existing Web pages.
(IDG) Forget ID badges, passwords and access cards. Pretty soon, to get in and out of your office you might start using something you can't forget or misplace: your face. see also Colorado To Use Face Recognition Photos To Stop ID Theft (Newsbytes).
(Reuters) A group of hackers is finishing work on software called "Peekabooty", that would enable human rights workers to access censored Web sites, in a move that ratchets up the "arms race" between free speech activists on the Internet and government censors
(CNET News.com) Open-source fans announced the first steps in an effort to reproduce Microsoft's .Net's underpinnings so people can use the technology without Microsoft's involvement.
(ZDNet) On a visit to MIT, Jane Wakefield discovers not a bunch of machine-obsessed geeks but a group of people dedicated to making technology human
(AFP) Les Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhône et les Autoroutes du Sud de la France ont rassemblé sur Internet leurs informations sur le trafic, permettant à l'automobiliste de connaître avant son départ les tronçons à éviter sur 4.500 kilomètres d'autoroutes.
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