(RAPID) The European Commission has cleared agreements between a number of major European and non-European banks creating a global network ("Identrus") for the authentication of electronic signatures and other aspects related to financial and electronic commerce transactions.
(RAPID) The European Commission has granted regulatory approval to the creation by Ford, DaimlerChrysler, General Motors, Renault and Nissan of Covisint, a Business-to-Business (B2B) internet marketplace joint venture.
(Press Release) The Federal Trade Commission charged Warner Communications and several subsidiaries of Vivendi Universal with illegally agreeing to fix prices for audio and video products featuring The Three Tenors. A settlement with Warner will bar future agreements to fix prices or restrict advertising. Vivendi faces an administrative trial.
(New York Times) Federal and state regulators are again considering legal action to force Microsoft to alter a new system, Windows XP, which tightly integrates Internet services like music, instant messaging and shopping into this basic operating system.
(Reuters) A federal appeals court upheld one of the first convictions of a defendant charged with running an illegal offshore Internet sports gambling operation.
(Wired) Congress is set to more than double the number of federal copyright cops. A draft of next year's budget includes plans to hire far more Justice Department attorneys and FBI agents who are charged with placing more pirates in prison.
(ZDNet FR) Le fournisseur d'accès Liberty Surf a été condamné le 25 juillet par le tribunal de commerce de Paris pour «offre trompeuse entraînant une distorsion de concurrence». À l'origine de cette procédure, une plainte en référé déposée par la société T-Online France, maison mère du FAI Club Internet, suite à la diffusion d'une campagne publicitaire proposant un forfait de 50 heures à 95 francs.
(Newsbytes) A Chinese government agency has allowed Chinese Web portal Sina.com to open an online bulletin board, after restrictions were placed on private companies earlier this year.
(Guardian) Singapore is planning a clampdown on political campaigning and debate on the internet, the one medium still relatively free in the tightly controlled city state.
(Heise) Das Oberlandesgericht (OLG) München hat in einem Berufungsverfahren festgestellt, dass Webpage-Betreiber nach Ansicht des Gerichts für Links zu fremden Inhalten haftbar gemacht werden können. Damit bestätigt das OLG ein erstinstanzliches Urteil des Landgericht München I.
(South China Morning Post) Shops in Hong Kong are openly selling pirated copies of Microsoft's XP operating system before it is officially released.
(Findlaw) Reports of Napster's death have been greatly exaggerated. In granting a victory to freelance writers, the Supreme Court's June decision in New York Times v. Tasini may also have handed Napster a possible new lease on life.
(CNET News.com) The Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires Webcasters to pay record companies and artists for the right to play music online. This so-called performance right was a relatively new creation because radio stations in the United States do not have the same obligation when they broadcast music over the airwaves. Congress didn't set the actual price for these royalties, noting only that it should be a market rate, the two sides have been tussling ever since. See Broadcasters Must Pay Webcast Royalties, Judge Rules (Newsbytes)
(New York Times) The movie industry has been asking Internet service providers to terminate the accounts of those found to be offering pirated movies. Not all agree that they have a legal obligation to do so. see also Pirate versions of 'American Pie 2' hit Net before U.S. movie release (MSNBC).
(New York Times) In a provocative and mercifully brief essay, In Defense of the Hard Drive recently published in The Green Bag, a literate and entertaining law review, Judge Rosenbaum expressed uneasiness with the widely-accepted proposition that employees have no rights in the face of what he termed "an electronic rummage through their lives."
(Heise) Der Hamburgische Datenschutzbeauftragte Hans-Hermann Schrader möchte Internetangebote von Unternehmen der Hansestadt künftig mit Software-Tools stärker überprüfen
(New York Times) A federal judge in Newark will hear defense motions to throw out evidence gathered by a controversial new law enforcement technology: a system that recorded every keystroke typed on a computer, including the password that investigators used to unscramble files.
(Wired) Efforts to connect Brazil to the 21st century continue in earnest as governments and non-governmental organizations endeavor to provide Internet access to poor and rural areas.
(Newsbytes) An X-rated Web site has set up shop with an Internet address nearly identical to that of soccer teams VfB Luebeck.
(Washington Post) Three companies bidding for the right to manage ".us" Internet addresses have agreed to let a coalition of nonprofit and quasi-governmental groups help set policy for the little-used domain-name suffix. See also U.S. Closes Bidding on '.us' Domain (Reuters).
(RAPID) Erkki LIIKANEN Member of the European Commission responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society, IDEA (International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance) Democracy Forum 2001: Democracy and the Information Revolution Stockholm, 29 June 2001.
(Office of the e-Envoy) This page sets out the ongoing work of the Office of the e-Envoy in measuring how the UK Government compares to other countries in the development of e-government services.
(e-gov) deutsch Willkommen auf der Homepage der Projekte e-Government der Bundeskanzlei. français Bienvenue sur le site des projets de cyberadministration de la Chancellerie fédérale. italiano Benvenuti sul sito dei progetti di cyberamministrazione della Cancelleria federale
(Heise) Das Online-Forum des Bundestags zum Thema "Modernisierung des Informationsrechts" kommt nur langsam in Gang.
(US General Services Administration) This inventory contains over 1,300 initiatives. You can generate reports about status, sectors being served, technology used, and program relationship.
(Thomas) Introduced in the Senate by Sen Lieberman S. 803. A bill to enhance the management and promotion of electronic Government services and processes by establishing a Federal Chief Information Officer within the Office of Management and Budget, and by establishing a broad framework of measures that require using Internet-based information technology to enhance citizen access to Government information and services, and for other purposes. see also Senate e-government Web site, E-Government Legislation Affecting the Internet: 107th Congress (CDT).
(General Services Administration) Welcome to the Office of Electronic Government, serving citizens and helping agencies meet the demand for on-line government
(AP) Nevada gaming regulators trying to decide whether to regulate Internet gambling weren't exactly convinced the state is ready for cybercasinos after hearing that technology can't yet provide total security.
(Spiegel) Die Definition des Begriffes "Internetsucht" ist unter Experten noch immer umstritten. Eine der bisher wenigen Studien für Europa wurde von österreichischen Experten erstellt. Dauer-Surfer sind danach vor allem in Chatrooms und bei Online-Games zu finden.
(New York Times) Three years ago, Robert Kraut, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, released a shocking study of the Internet's impact. According to his findings, heavy Internet users reported increases in loneliness and depression and saw the size of their social networks decline over time. Now Dr. Kraut is causing a stir yet again. He has new data from a more recent survey that in many respects contradicts his original research.
(BBC) Spain has launched a campaign to recycle millions of old, discarded or obsolete mobile phones. It is being led by a mascot known as Mobile Muncher, or Tragamobiles, a giant mobile, who stuffs smaller ones into a kangaroo-like pouch.
(Yahoo FR) Un mois après son intronisation, le Forum des droits sur internet (FDI), un organe d'arbitrage créé à l'initiative du gouvernement, va perdre un de ses représentants en la personne de Benoît Tabaka, président de l'Adim, l'Association des internautes médiateurs ("internautes mécontents" dans sa dénomination originelle).
(OII) Oxford University is creating the world's first truly multidisciplinary Internet Institute based in a major university. The Oxford Internet Institute (OII), with initial funding of £15 million, will carry out research and make policy recommendations about the effects on society of the Internet with the goal of putting Oxford, the UK and Europe at the centre of debates about how the Internet could and should develop. The Oxford Internet Institute is now registering interest from individuals and organisations keen to participate in Internet research and policy.
(CNN) Internet privacy activists and "hacktivists" have announced a day-long cyber-protest intended to jam a computer surveillance network whose existence isn't acknowledged by the governments said to run it.
(Heise) Die Deutsche Telekom hat vor dem Landgericht Hamburg eine einstweilige Verfügung gegen den Onlinedienst AOL wegen des neuen Flatrate-Tarifs erwirkt. Für dieses Angebot nimmt AOL derzeit maximal 1000 Kunden pro Woche an und begründet dies auf seiner Homepage: "Mehr lassen die Bedingungen der Deutschen Telekom zurzeit leider nicht zu." see also AOL Ordered To Remove Web Criticism, Says Deutsche Telekom (Newsbytes) .
(Wird) The mother of a boy whose nude images were sold through an America Online chat room has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review her case against the ISP, despite rulings by lower courts granting AOL immunity
(Newsbytes) The Recording Industry Association of America filed arguments against a judge's order that prevents the music industry trade group from arguing its copyright infringement case against file-sharing service Aimster in a Manhattan federal court.
(ZDNet UK) More than 50,000 NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) campaigners will be bombarding the Home Secretary David Blunkett with postcards this week, pressurising the government into sticking to its election manifesto pledge to make Britain the safest place in the world for children to access the Internet. see campaign web site and Home Office Press Release.
(BBC) Three government ministers have joined in criticism of the Channel 4 satirical show, Brass Eye, over its spoof investigation into paedophilia. see also Blunkett joins outcry against Channel 4 show (Reuters) .
(BBC) Brass Eye has again raised the issue of paedophiles on the net. But how do they really operate online? Rachel O'Connell tells how she posed as a chatroom child.
(Larry Magid) Don't ban online porn and don't even make it a crime to send porno-spam. Just require people who send unsolicited sexual material to label their mail so that parents and others can block it if they so desire.
(Reuters) Sex offenders will face tighter restrictions under proposals unveiled by the government today. Under the planned changes, sex offenders would have to confirm their address with police each year. So-called "sex tourists" who commit offences abroad would be added to the register and people who commit any sexually motivated crime would be registered. see Strengthening the sex offenders act: public consultation published (Home Office Press Release)
(Heise) Die Initiative "Zusammen gegen Rechts im Internet" hat im ersten Halbjahr 2001 die Abschaltung von 118 rechtsextremen Homepages erreicht.
(Newsbytes) The number of extreme right-wing German-language Web sites has more than doubled in the past year, now totaling more than 1,000. Fritz Behrens, interior minister of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia said that efforts would be intensified to convince Internet service providers to practice "self control" over content transmitted through their lines.
(Press Release) The American Civil Liberties Union said that the Senate must amend a new hate crimes bill to limit its potential chilling effect on constitutionally protected speech. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a hate crimes bill (S. 625) introduced by Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-MA. It is expected to reach the Senate floor this fall.
(CNN) Congressional investigators released a report Napster-like computer file-sharing programs that have become popular with teens who use it -- often unwittingly -- to trade pornography. The origins of the pornography files are virtually untraceable for law enforcement and there is no technology that enables parents to filter it out before it arrives on their children's computer screens. see text of the report Pornography on the Internet (Committee on Government Reform, Minority Office). See also X-Rated Files Finding Child Audience (Washington Post), New online porn warning sounded (MSNBC) and File-Swapping Is New Route for Pornography on Internet (New York Times), Net Filtering No Substitute For Supervision - ACLU (Newsbytes) and ACLU Press Release.
(Press Release) Saying parents should have the ultimate control over what children are exposed to, the ACLU told the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee that its "rating of entertainment ratings" raises serious constitutional and practical questions. The ACLU's comments came in response to a hearing by the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on the "voluntary" ratings scheme that the industry adopted five years ago.
(CNN) The Parents Television Council (PTC), a television watchdog group, announced a campaign to press broadcast networks to voluntarily create a "family-friendly" hour of viewing between 8 and 9 each night. In a report called The Sour Family Hourthe PTC said that foul language, violence and sex were getting worse on the networks, particularly between 8 and 9 p.m., an hour that traditionally has been viewed as the "family hour" when less objectionable material is aired.
(Heise) Die Liste indizierter Webinhalte der Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Schriften wird erstmals in eine kommerzielle Internetsoftware integriert. Der Datenkommunikations-Spezialist AVM vertreibt die Filterliste zusammen mit seinem Programm KEN!, mit dessen Hilfe kleinere Netzwerke ein ISDN- oder ADSL-Modem gemeinsam nutzen können.
(Newsbytes) Code Red worm watchers say that, after more than 24 hours of renewed activity, the notorious Web-server intruder has probably burrowed into less than 250,000 computers. Government, security officials sound alarm over 'Code Red' worm (MSNBC), "Red" alert: The worm returns (CNET News.com)
(vnunet) A teenage hacker from India spent his summer holiday writing a 600 page book on the tricks and techniques of ethical hacking, and managed to score a deal with a mainstream UK book publisher.
(Wired) The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed a regulation that will require financial service companies to protect their networks against "anticipated threats" and generally take measures to protect their information.
(AP) The Commerce Department’s computer networks, which contain some of America’s most valuable business secrets, have security holes easily accessible to Internet criminals, federal investigators say.
(Heise) Das Electronic Commerce Forum (eco) hat eine Richtlinie für das Verschicken von Werbe-E-Mails beschlossen. Durch die so genannte Permission Marketing Policy will der Kölner Verband deutscher Internet-Unternehmen der ausufernden Flut an E-Mail-Werbung einen Riegel vorschieben.
(Daily Telegraph) Freeserve the internet service provider, has urged Chancellor Gordon Brown to close a tax loophole that allows its US-owned rival AOL to save about £30m a year in VAT. AOL has been taking advantage of a tax ruling that says that VAT is not payable on internet content services provided from outside the UK.
(Reuters) A U.S. House of Representatives panel voted to bar states from taxing Internet access and extend for five years a ban on other Internet-specific taxes, declining to approve legislation that would help states tax online commerce.
(RAPID) Mr Erkki Liikanen, Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society Telecommunications Seminar, Sarajevo, 16 July 2001
(ZDNet UK) BT admits that it has only handed over 163 residential lines to other operators, but insists that its rivals aren't asking for any more
(Heise) Macrovision hat mit SafeAudio einen Kopierschutz im Angebot, der das Kopieren von Audio-CDs verhindern soll. Beim Grabben der Audio-CD beschert einem SafeAudio hingegen Fehlermeldungen und verweigert die Kopie. Wie nun die Website CD Freaks berichtet, gibt es mehrere - zudem sehr einfache - Möglichkeiten, die den Kopierschutz angeblich austricksen.
(New York Times) Copy protection schemes are different for videotapes and DVD's, and they are being tweaked regularly to adjust to new video technology, but they are all aimed at making it hard for home users and small- time businesses to make casual copies.
(FT) British Telecommunications is to launch a satellite service which will bring high-speed internet services to rural Britain for the first time.
(Reuters) Les quelque 20 millions d'internautes chinois devront bientôt payer pour accéder à leurs boîtes aux lettres électroniques.
(Reuters) Competition is effective, and 10 million households now have Internet access, nearly double the figure from a year ago. Telecoms regulator Oftel report said Britain's dial-up Internet access market was flourishing, and that consumers were getting a wide range of unmetered access services at competitive prices
(CNET) We decided to find out which online activities and even mail services generate the most junk e-mail and look at ways to recover from the deluge.
(The Standard) Sure, the major labels have batted away their Web competitors. But the industry's plan to deliver music online is a disaster waiting to happen. see also Spawn of Napster.
(FT) Long-simmering rivalries between Microsoft and AOL Time Warner, the world's largest software and media companies respectively, are coming to the boil as they draw the battle lines for dominance of consumer internet services.
(CNET News.com) Ads have begun launching in hidden browser windows on Yahoo's news and travel sites. The ads are a "test" as the company considers whether to sell pop-unders on its sites, which collectively draw one of the largest audiences on the Web. see also Pop-under ads deter customers (NUA) .
(FT) T-Motion, the mobile internet arm of Deutsche Telekom, is set to break ranks with European mobile portals next month by charging users for some content.
(Search Engine Watch) Beyond returning results from all major search engines and directories, SurfWax lets you go under its hood and customize your options in numerous useful ways.
(The Register) We tested the new search engine called Teoma and we are pretty impressed. Some abstract but extremely relevant links are found whereas on Google, they are stuck further down the line. It is also, due to its setup, far better at finding news stories. see also More great search engines you should check out.
(ZDNEt) As its competitors Microsoft and Yahoo scramble to add scribbling, speech and video to instant messaging, industry leader AOL insists consumers want text-based chat, not bells and whistles.
(Newsbytes) European teenagers are catching up to their peers in the U.S., according to Jupiter MMXI. Teenagers represent 12 percent of Europe's Internet population and are spending ever increasing amounts of time online. European teenagers are effectively pioneering how the Internet will be used in the future - for effective communication with their peers.
(CNET News.com) Grid technology, which distributes computing jobs and databases across numerous servers, has largely been an academic phenomenon. But IBM plans to give the idea a corporate twist with its so-called Grid Computing Initiative.
(FT) "Geo-location software", the next wave in collecting information from on-line users, traces backwards the connection route established by an on-line user, locating down to the city where a person is logging on. The software promises significant implications for a wide range of industries. But the controversial new product is also raising concerns about on-line privacy.
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