(Le Mo,de) La nouvelle loi conçue par la coalition conservatrice entre en vigueur le 1er août. Elle autorise la création de chaînes privées et instaure la"dépolitisation" des télévisions publiques. Mais, selon les journalistes, leur indépendance n'est toujours pas garantie.
(dpa) Im Kampf gegen die so genannte Fernsehfee, die die Werbung aus dem Programm ausblenden kann, haben die privaten TV- Sender eine weitere juristische Niederlage erlitten. Das Berliner Kammergericht (Oberlandesgericht) entschied, dass Geräte zur automatischen Ausblendung von Werbung zulässig sind.
(FT) The European Commission confirmed it had opened an anti-trust investigation into British Sky Broadcasting's exclusivity agreements with two of its content providers for thematic channels.
(FT) The E530m ($461m) a year market for television rights to the Champions' League, European soccer's premier club competition, is set to be shaken up after the European Commission said the system was anti-competitive. see also Commission opens proceedings against UEFA's selling of TV rights to UEFA Champions League and The UEFA Champions League Background Note (RAPID).
(FT) Randal Picker, a professor of antitrust law, and the law of network industries, at the University of Chicago Law School, believes Microsoft should be forced to distribute additional software for Windows XP in the same way as its rivals
(FT) Federal regulators approved News Corporation's acquisition of ten TV stations - including outlets in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco - from Chris-Craft Industries on Wednesday, even though the deal puts the Rupert Murdoch-owned company over US broadcast ownership limits.
(ZDNet News) U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft said federal officials would crack down on an increasing wave of cybercrime by beefing up 10 specialized units, dubbed Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property, or CHIP. The units will focus on copyright theft, computer fraud and hacking.
(Roll Call) The United States Secret Service is actively engaged in the fight against Internet crime and computer-based fraud.
(ZDNet UK) The home secretary has accepted recommendations made by the Home Office Internet taskforce to criminalise the online "grooming" of children, making it a criminal offence for an Internet paedophile to meet a child offline with the intention of sexually abusing them. See also Paedophiles face crackdown - online and offline (Home Office Press Release) .
(ITN) Child welfare campaigners are outraged that the first of seven Internet paedophiles jailed for involvement in the notorious Wonderland Club could be behind a computer terminal next month.
(Salon) How could installing a screensaver be a crime against the state?
(Newsbytes) The federal government's top cybercrime-fighting agency is not fully living up to its responsibility to protect the nation's critical infrastructure, a new report finds. See also U.S. drive on computer crime falls short (Reuters)
(Spiegel) Mehr als 20 größere Anbieter von kostenlosen E-Mail-Diensten hatte die Stiftung Warentest untersucht. Das Ergebnis scheint verheerend. Einige Freemailer bewegen sich demnach "am Rande der Legalität", oft sind die elektronischen Postfächer unsicher.
(BBC) The Chinese governement wants to keep tabs on what people look at in internet cafes by making them register their identity card number and by making the cafes install new software. Duncan Clark, head of Beijing-based consultancy BDA, says the general feeling is that self-censorship is the most effective tool for controlling the internet.
(Newsbytes) Sintercom, a Singapore community and media discussion Web site has been forced to register with the Singapore Broadcasting Authority (SBA), which is responsible for Internet content regulation in Singapore, as a political Web site.
(Bangkok Post) Thailand's National IT Committee (NITC) has announced measures for Internet service providers (ISPs) to tackle what it considers inappropriate content on Web sites. All ISPs will be required to keep a log file of an Internet user's access and their caller ID for at least three months. The NITC has issued a guideline for the Royal Police Department to cooperate with technical and legal experts and to set up an e-mail hotline. The NITC has also instructed the police department to monitor all Internet cafes in Thailand.
(AP) Israel's parliament banned pornographic channels from cable and satellite TV systems available in the country. The main purpose of the bill was to regulate telephone, television and Internet services, opening the market to competition after decades of domination by a government-owned monopoly, Bezeq.
(Reuters) A three-judge panel from the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a government motion to dismiss the challenge to the Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000 that cuts off federal funding to schools and libraries that do not install software designed to block access to pornographic material on personal computers.
(Cluebot) Denmark's has enacted legislation in compliance with the provisional measures provisions of TRIPS and meeting concerns expressed by the U.S. government and software industry. An investigation may carried out without prior notification of the defendant in order to secure evidence of an infringement of intellectual property rights.
(Interactive Week) Collection societies throughout Europe have been collecting fees on video and audiotapes and other blank media for several years on behalf of copyright holders. But with the growth of new digital technologies that allow perfect copies to be made and stored on everything from hard drives and CDs to memory chips, collection societies have pushed to extend levies on analog products into the digital market.
(CNET News.com) Record companies have joined the movie industry in trying to root out post-Napster file trading, putting new pressure on ISPs to clamp down on subscribers' actions.
(GigaLaw) MP3 v. the Law: How the Internet Could (But Won't) Become Your Personal Jukebox
(Heise) Die Dortmunder Imago GmbH hat zahlreiche Betreiber von Webseiten aufgefordert, den Begriff "Internet-Führerschein" von ihren Internet-Seiten zu entfernen. Imago hat Warenzeichenschutz für entsprechende Marken beim deutschen Patent- und Markenamt in München erlangt.
(CNET News.com) Buena Vista Home Entertainment, a unit of Disney, will go to court to ask a judge to stop trailer distributor Video Pipeline from providing some parts of its movie trailers online
(The Standard) The Electronic Frontier Foundation will entreat the U.S. Attorney's office to drop charges of digital copyright violations against Dmitry Sklyarov
(Reuters) The FBI has conducted searches in 11 states to gather evidence as part of a national crackdown on Internet-based software piracy.
(MSNBC) Key personal data belonging to hundreds of individuals have been shared in an Internet chat room, in what one expert says could become one of the largest identity theft cases ever.
(CNET News.com) More than 10 organizations, including privacy group Junkbusters and the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a public-interest group, are asking the FTC to prevent the launch of Windows XP because of potential privacy problems arising from the operating system and the company's Passport software.
(Computing) The government's Gateway project, the police national computer (PNC) system, and data retention proposals have come under fire in the Information Commission's annual data-protection report.
(FT) Executives from IBM, General Motors, Proctor & Gamble and Amazon.com pressed US Congress not to create specific privacy legislation that would target online commerce, claiming the industry already takes adequate measures to keep customer information private.
(IDG) The 10 member countries of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) group must urgently implement two information and communication technology (ICT) initiatives to try to close the digital divide between ASEAN countries and the developed world, ASEAN's foreign ministers said in a declaration.
(Reuters) The world's big eight powers endorsed an action plan to bridge the "digital divide" with the poorest countries, backing a Digital Opportunity Task Force report on how to harness technology in the cause of development.
(Berkman Center, Harvard) Does the alternative root debate threaten the public's engagement in ICANN's decision-making? by Rebecca Nesson
(Newsbytes) A pair of lawmakers said they would not have introduced legislation mandating the creation of a ".kids" Internet domain if Internet addressing authorities had been more responsive to the needs of the online public.
(Computerwire) A director of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has come out swinging at the Global Name Registry Ltd, operator of the forthcoming .name top-level domain, accusing ICANN of awarding the firm a monopoly on email services under the new domain.
(InternetNews) Fighting what they say is an increasing level of desperation to keep its customers close to the fold, registrars and Internet service providers (ISPs) responded to VeriSign charges of "domain slamming."
(Heise) T-Online-Kunden waren in den vergangenen Wochen offenbar besonders betroffen: Ein neues Plug-in des alternativen Domainsanbieters New.net sorgte dafür, dass sie keinen Internetzugang mehr hatten.
(Reuters) Companies involved in the roll-out of the ".biz" Internet domain have been hit with a lawsuit alleging that their efforts to introduce a rival to the popular ".com" domain constitute an illegal lottery.
(URLWire) PoliceThePolice.org.uk aims to force the UK Government to consider the issue of police accountability by way of an e-Petition on it website, due to an alarming number of police shootings resulting in the deaths of unarmed men without anyone being held accountable.
(Le Monde) Une étude de Netpolitique.net fait le point sur les usages liées à Internet de 103 députés français. S'ils sont bien connectés, leur intérêt pour le Web reste cependant limité.
(RAPID) The European Commission has decided to refer France to the European Court of Justice concerning restrictions preventing the cross-border provision of television broadcasting services, cross-border sports sponsorship and advertising services by producers of alcoholic beverages.
(AP) Members of Congress for the fourth time are preparing an assault on Internet gambling, even as Nevada considers becoming the first state to approve it. This time, lawmakers plan to combine two approaches: banning Internet gambling outright and blocking the use of credit cards for online wagering.
(Reuters) The Civil Service Commission of the Philipinnes has issued a new code for state workplaces which classifies text messaging or sending e-mail what are "embarrassing, offensive or vulgar jokes" as an act of sexual harassment.
(IDG) The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation requiring that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report annually to Congress detailed information about its use of the DCS 1000 e-mail and Internet surveillance system. DCS 1000 is more commonly known as "Carnivore," the system's former name.
(Newsbytes) New Zealand's Green Party also claims that proposed legislation would give the police and intelligence services the right to hack into citizens' computers and intercept all e-mail traffic passing through and within New Zealand.
(LA Times) Instead of contriving new businesses that make do with the Internet as it is, many new business plans involve tampering with the network's electronic innards. Some of these changes would permanently alter the way people use the Web by allowing private companies to set themselves up as gatekeepers to the Internet, charging users for new features and services or for those that have been customarily free.
(ICC) The International Chamber of Commerce warned in a statement on jurisdiction and applicable law in electronic commerce that if the EU persisted it would risk stifling business-to-consumer (B2C) transactions over the Internet. Full text of the ICC statement on "Jurisdiction and applicable law in electronic commerce"
(Heise) Im Urteil gegen die Firma Symicron hat das Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Braunschweig sich darin grundlegend zu Fragen der so genannten Link-Haftung geäußert.
(BBC) A libel case in New York could test the freedom of speech enjoyed by online journalists and activists. The legal action has been launched by the National Bank of Mexico against the New York-based Narco News website.
(FT) The European Commission has reacted warmly to plans in Germany and the Netherlands to allow debt-ridden telecommunications operators to share some infrastructure for third-generation mobile phones in order to offset the crippling cost of 3G licences.
(Heise) Nun endlich auch mal etwas anderes: Internet ist gut für Kinder! Das wenigstens sagt die von AOL in Auftrag gegebene Studie "Kinder und Internet - Nachwuchs für das World Wide Web" des Marktforschungsinstitutes EMNID.
(Sunday Time) Computer games are giving a generation of young Britons a level of co-ordination and powers of concentration equivalent to those observed in top-level athletes, a government-funded study has shown. Youngsters who play computer games regularly but not excessively also tend to have more friends and be better adjusted than those who make do with traditional pastimes such as reading and television.
(Wired) A company offers subscriptions to websites featuring "models" as young as 9.
(vnunet) Secondary school children across Yorkshire have gained access to pornographic websites after administrator-level passwords fell into the wrong hands.
(Ananova) Phil Collins is reportedly considering legal action over a TV hoax on paedophilia. Brass Eye creator Chris Morris duped the singer into appearing in a T-shirt bearing the slogan 'Nonce Sense' while giving 'advice to children'. Another celebrity was duped by Morris to warn children that paedophiles can make toxic vapours rise from their computer keyboards.The spoof campaigns are reportedly intended as a satire on the way the media sensationalises the subject of paedophilia.
(Washington Post) Civil libertarians are rallying behind a man who was sentenced to seven years in prison on pornography charges for writing his fantasies of torturing and molesting children in a private journal -- even though he did not disseminate the material
(vnunet) Video games makers of games that depict graphic death and mayhem have told a US judge that they cannot be held responsible for copycat killers. Lawyers for the eight - Acclaim, Activision, Capcom, Eidos, Infogrames, Interplay, Nintendo of America, and Sony Computer Entertainment America - say their content is protected under US free speech rules.
(Heise) Die Justiz muss sich nun mit der Frage auseinander setzen, ob das Redirecting, also die Weiterleitung einer URL auf eine andere Web-Adresse, bei rechtsextremen Internetseiten strafbar ist. Die in der Schweiz ansässige Aktion Kinder des Holocaust (AKDH) hat Anzeige gegen den Stuttgarter Anbieter eines solchen Redirectings, de-nic-vu, gestellt.
(ZDNet DE) Innerhalb eines Jahres haben sich deutschsprachige rechtsextremistische Seiten im Internet auf mehr als tausend verdoppelt. Seit 1996 hätten sich die rechten Internet-Auftritte sogar verzehnfacht, teilte der nordrhein-westfälische Innenminister Fritz Behrens (SPD) mit.
(Press Release) Netgem and the Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA) have announced an agreement to allow television portal operators to benefit from ICRA's parental control system when using Netgem's technology.
(AP) Parents rely more on television ratings and less on the high-tech V-chip to choose the shows their children watch, according to a new survey. While 40 percent of American families own a television set with a V-chip installed to block designated programs with sex or violence, only 17 percent of those parents use the device, the Kaiser Family Foundation found.
(Europemedia) Moves by the European Commission, national governments and individual projects aiming to ensure safer use of the internet among young users have been announced, as further evidence is released showing the importance of the internet to young people.
(vnunet) Millions of people accessing the internet through broadband cable connections risk having their computers taken over by malicious hackers. The security vulnerability is caused by the shared architecture of the data channel that carries internet traffic within cable companies' fibre networks.
(Newsbytes) A newly discovered vulnerability affecting many UNIX-based computers is providing fertile ground for Web site attackers. Since a buffer overflow bug in the Telnet program shipped with most operating systems built on code from Berkeley Software Design was publicized, hundreds of Web sites running the operating system have been defaced.
(CNET News.com) Mild-mannered and somewhat shy, Jay Beale--like many hackers of the old school--has made a name for himself at a young age as the leader of the Bastille Linux Project, an open-source endeavor to make Linux systems more secure by automating the patching process.
(vnunet) Microsoft has been forced to fix a bug in its MSN Communities website that exposed users' personal image files to all and sundry. Aside from the obvious security implications, the glitch also revealed that nine out of 10 MSN Communities users have online collections of hardcore porn, and thousands of people have now seen it.
(vnunet) Webby award winning porn site Stileproject.com was hacked. The culprit identified himself as Fluffi Bunni, the same hacker who defaced both the Sans Institute and Sourceforge a few months ago. He left a calling card featuring a pink fluffy rabbit.
(Heise) Der drittgrößte Schweizer Internet-Provider Swissonline hat ein Sicherheitsproblem: Rund 250.000 E-Mail-Konten lagen dadurch seit Monaten offen.
(CNET News.com) The SirCam worm continued to gain momentum, carrying with it the potential not only to slow corporate e-mail servers but also to send along company secrets. Like many other worms, SirCam spreads by e-mailing copies of itself to everyone in the infected computer's Microsoft Outlook address book. An added twist with SirCam is that the worm sends a random file from the infected computer's hard drive, potentially sending confidential business data or embarrassing personal information along with the virus. See also SirCam virus hides in the trash (Interactive Week) and SirCam hits FBI cyber-protection unit (Wall Street Journal).
(Newsbytes) Swiss hackers were able to infiltrate the mail server of SwissOnline, Switzerland's third largest Internet service provider (ISP), and gain access to 250,000 e-mail addresses and passwords, including the embassies of France, Sweden and Israel.
(FT) Hackers grab the headlines. But infrastructure weakness may be a bigger threat to the net.
(Trend Micro) Displays information about actual virus infections.
(Newsbytes) A cyber-battle has broken out between Austria's right-wing Freedom Party (FPOE) and Web site hackers. The hackers have struck the FPOE's Web site a second time; this time, it was not only a defacement, as occurred over the weekend, but an audio-visual attack: defacement plus an audio feed added to the Web site.
(New York Times) In an unexpected turnaround, Adobe Systems called for the release of a Russian programmer accused of violating American copyright law after he helped create software that can crack Adobe's security software for electronic books.
(Droit et Nouvelles Technologies) L'ACSEL (Association pour le Commerce et les Services en Ligne), la FEVAD (Fédération des Entreprises de Vente à Distance) et le Groupement des Cartes Bancaires "CB" ont signé un protocole d'accord dans lequel ils s'engagent à rétablir la confiance des consommateurs en garantissant la transparence et la sécurité des paiements par carte bancaire afin de favoriser le développement de la vente à distance et du commerce électronique.
(Le Monde) L'Autorité de régulation des télécommunications a annoncé que les communications locales devront s'ouvrir à la concurrence à compter du 1er janvier 2002, soit un an plus tard que ne l'avait prévu Bruxelles. Les opérateurs concurrents de France Télécom attendaient cette décision avec impatience car la guerre des prix sur les communications longue distance a laminé leurs marges.
(Heise) Die Vorlage des Situationsberichts zum deutschen Ortsnetzwettbewerb 2000 durch die Regulierungsbehörde für Telekommunikation und Post (RegTP) sorgt für neuen Zündstoff beim Streit um die Fortschritte im Ortsnetzwettbewerb.
(CNET News.com) Broadcast and cable television have become more graphically rich, more hypertextual and more real time, in large part due to the influence of the Web. However, as with e-business technologies more broadly, the greatest challenge for the established TV industry is to find a viable economic model in the age of the Internet. The economics of TV are heavily tied to interruptive advertising, which loses its value when people control what they watch and when they watch it.
(The Standard) A strike by iBazar employees is over - but only after a violent incident outside parent company eBay's Paris headquarters.
(AP) A sexy ad for Microsoft's newly released Office XP was pulled from a Swiss Web site, one day after it created a minor sensation among Internet buffs. The advertisement features a man embracing a scantily clad woman. As the man fumbles to undo her bra, a Microsoft prompt appears, asking for his password.
(Libération) Pour les jeunes, les premiers émois amoureux se découvrent désormais en «chattant».
(ZDNet) McDonald's: Burgers, fries and miceAt a rate of $2 for 20 minutes, the restaurant chain is selling fast Internet access along with its fast food in Israel.
(FT) Stevan Harnad, a university professor is championing do-it-yourself scholarly publishing using the Internet. Scientists do not sell their texts but hand them over to publishers for free. The problem is that publishers then sell those papers back to academic institutions in the form of journal subscriptions. Institutions should pay just the 10 per cent represented by the peer review costs
(Washington Post) AOL wants manufacturers to give its software for online access greater prominence than Microsoft's MSN service. AOL also is seeking to give an advantage to Netscape, its own Web browser, and to AIM, its instant-messaging service. In return for the computer makers' cooperation, AOL would pay them a bounty of about $35 for each customer they nab for AOL's Internet access service.
(CNET News.com) AOL Time Warner's $100 million investment in e-tailer Amazon.com was aimed at boosting the company's e-wallet and related authentication services by tapping Amazon's e-commerce technology. Signing with Amazon was a direct means of competing against Microsoft's high-profile authentication service, called Passport.
(CNET News.com) In an incendiary keynote speech at the Jupiter Media Metrix annual Plug-In music conference, the platinum-selling pop star singer Alanis Morissette highlighted the shattered promise of the online music revolution, blaming everyone from major record label executives to radio stations and music publishers for their role in stifling the Internet's ability to promote unknown musicians.
(FT) Shipments of personal computers have suffered their first quarterly fall for at least 15 years, signalling an end to the long growth cycle that has driven the rise of some of the world's top technology companies over the past two decades.
(Libération) Les professionnels parisiens du hard n'ont pas su s'adapter au e-sexe.
(MSNBC) Pressplay, the digital music joint venture between Vivendi Universal and Sony, will launch in early September despite facing significant obstacles from music publishers over song royalties. see also Music Industry Will Offer Songs Online, for a Price (Washington Post).
(Los Angeles Times) New porn software for hand-held computers brings business opportunities and legal questions.
(Salon) By smashing Napster, the music industry has pushed its customers to seek alternatives that won't be so easy to shut down.
(FT) Vodafone, the world's largest mobile phone company, has confirmed fears that it may have to delay the implementation of new services due to a shortage of working mobile phone handsets.
(AP-) America Online will test a new system later this summer that would allow users of its popular instant messaging service to communicate with users of other products, like Microsoft's MSN Messenger.
(Honeynet Project) Over the past several years, the Honeynet Project has been collecting and archiving information on blackhat activity (hacking). We decided to share this data with the security community and demonstrate its value.
(MSNBC) The recording industry has managed to virtually squash Napster like a bug, but free swapping of music continues to thrive on alternative Web services that are potentially harder to restrain, according to a report issued by research firm Jupiter Media Metrix.
(IDG) More than 20 million Americans have purchased airline tickets or made other travel arrangements on the Web, according to a new study from researcher PhoCusWright. In fact, travel is now the top-selling commerce category on the Net.
(The Standard:) American teens get on the Web less often than adults do - and they don't stick around nearly as long, according to a new study.
(MSNBC) Starting in October at London’s Heathrow Airport, new iris recognition technology will enable selected passengers to look into a video camera at the passport control checkpoint and have their identity verified within seconds. The Heathrow program will be the first large-scale passenger processing trial in the world to rely entirely on biometric identification.
(Newsbytes) The types of peer-to-peer file sharing networks that are giving record labels a run for their money could one day soon find their way into mainstream corporate use as companies seek to lower their digital distribution costs.
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