(BBC) The BBC's board of governors cannot be trusted to prevent the publicly-funded broadcaster from "sliding into the commercial vortex". David Liddiment, director of channels for ITV, the UK's principal commercial broadcaster, used the keynote MacTaggart speech at the Edinburgh television festival to call for the BBC to be independently regulated.
(RAPID) On Friday, 17th August 2001 the European Commissioner for the Information Society, Erkki Liikanen, the President of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Arne Wessberg, and the Chairman of the Co-operative of Public Broadcasting Organisations in Germany (ARD), Fritz Pleitgen, met in Helsinki to discuss the necessary steps to support digital television in Europe on a common basis. Commissioner Erkki Liikanen voiced his support for the digital television industry to migrate towards Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) based on open standards. See also Digital-TV-Standard MHP bekommt EU-Unterstützung (Heise)
(RAPID) The European Commission believes that Microsoft may have violated European antitrust rules by using illegal practices to extend its dominant position in the market for personal computer operating systems into the market for low-end server operating systems. Low-end server systems are cheaper servers usually used as file and print servers as well as Web servers. In a Statement of Objections, the Commission also alleges that Microsoft is illegally tying its Media Player product with its dominant Windows operating system.
(RAPID) The Commission opened five separate investigations into the vertical relationships between the five major record companies and their retailers. As the possible infringements were confined to the territory of single Member States, the Commission is informing the relevant national competition authorities of the results of its inquiry. The national authorities can then determine whether or not further investigation or action at the national level is appropriate.
(ART) Par une décision du 23 juillet 2001, le Conseil de la Concurrence, saisi par l’Autorité de régulation des télécommunications, a estimé que la société France Télécom a abusé de la position dominante qu’elle détenait sur des marchés du secteur des télécommunications, en tentant d’entraver l’accès de nouveaux concurrents au marché des grands comptes, par des moyens qui ne relèvent pas d’une concurrence par les mérites. Il lui a infligé une sanction de 40 millions de francs
(LA Times) Letters purportedly written by at least two dead people landed on the desk of Utah's Attorney General, imploring him to go easy on Microsoft for its conduct as a monopoly.
(AP) U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly was named to decide how Microsoft should be punished for illegally trying to squelch its software competitors.
(ZDNet UK) The arrest of 100 people subscribing to the largest commercial child pornography ring ever discovered in the United States has called into question the assumption that Internet paedophilia is a non-profit-making activity. A two-year investigation, dubbed Operation Avalanche, came to a head yesterday when US attorney general John Ashcroft issued a string of arrest warrants for child pornography subscribers and merchants in the US, Indonesia and Russia. Among those charged were five international Webmasters, who remain at large. see also U.S. Says It Broke Pornography Ring Featuring Youths ( New York Times) and Law enforcement makes inroads against child porn on Internet (Christian Science Monitor).
(Wired) A Canadian man was sentenced in Costa Rica to 23 years in prison for sexually exploiting underage girls and distributing their pictures over the Internet.
(Newsbytes) Hong Kong police have arrested a 29-year-old Webmaster suspected of operating a pornographic Web site, a crime that could land the man in prison for three years.
(Times of India) India's first cyber crime police station was inaugurated at the CoD headquarters in Bangalore.
(South China Morning Post) Police in Indonesia are confident of tracking down Indonesians involved in a global Internet child pornography ring but were not sure whether the country's laws could secure a conviction.
(Daily Telegraph) Operation Cathedral, the international police inquiry into the so-called Wonderland Club, the world's largest child pornography ring trapped only a fraction of its members and may have left hundreds of thousands of depraved images in circulation on the internet.
(NZ Herald) A teacher caught with 1000 child pornography images on his home computer has been fined $1100, with his former school now moving to have him struck off the teachers' register.
(Edinburgh Evening News) An Edinburgh pawnbroker reported a computer operator to the police after staff found child pornography on a laptop he had offered in order to receive a loan.
(IDG) The text message bomb, a weapon invented by the Amsterdam police force to prevent mobile phone theft, has been nominated for a crime prevention prize sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Justice.
(BBC) A paedophile who filmed sex sessions with underage girls he met in internet chatrooms has been sentenced to eight years in jail.
(Chester Chronicle) A former Vauxhall worker has been jailed for three-and-a-half years after he admitted taking 'nasty and disgusting' pictures of two young children.
(Ananova) A hospital consultant has been given a six-month suspended jail sentence after he pleaded guilty to downloading child pornography from the Internet.
(AP) A man who admitted possessing child pornography received less prison time than federal guidelines call for because the judge found him addicted to pornography. Federal sentencing guidelines called for 21 to 24 months in prison for Michael Bethard, but the judge gave him 13 months Friday and recommended he be treated in prison.
(Ananova) A Texas man who ran an internet child porn business with his wife has been jailed for 1,335 years. Thomas and Janice Reedy ran the company, called Landslide Incorporated, from their Fort Worth home.
(Australia Industry Standard) The Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly has amended its Crimes Act, aimed at protecting children under 16 years of age from "depravity" and stalking. According to the legislation, if a person uses electronic means - e-mail, chat rooms, SMS and applications such as ICQ, for example - to encourage a young person to become involved in sexual acts, they can find themselves imprisoned for up to five years.
(Kurier) Österreichs Internetuser werden umsichtiger. Die "Cybercops" des Innenministeriums im Kampf gegen Kinderpornografie im Internet registrieren immer mehr Hinweise. Im vergangenen Jahr gingen sie 1.706 gemeldeten Fällen nach. In der ersten Hälfte 2001 waren es schon 1.396.
(Prese Release) Ontario Provincial Police have arrested and charged two men following a child pornography investigation.
(Spiegel) Loreen Leistner lernte ihren mutmaßlichen Killer nicht in Nachbarschaft oder Bekanntenkreis kennen. Die 19-Jährige traf ihn in einem Chatroom. Es ist der erste Fall in Deutschland, bei dem virtuelle Sympathie in derart reale Brutalität umschlug.
(Moscow Times) Moscow police are stepping up their fight against illegal pornography, shutting down underground studios and child-pornography web sites, but they are having trouble deciding exactly what pornography is.
(BBC) The controversial TV satire proigramme Brass Eye has again raised the issue of paedophiles on the net. But how do they really operate online? Rachel O'Connell of the ONCE project tells how she posed as a chatroom child. See also see also Ministers attack TV paedophile satire
(BBC) Business leaders are calling on the government to set up a national database to combat internet fraud. Modelled on the United States Internet Fraud Complaint Centre, the Centre for Cybercrime Complaints in the UK would channel complaints to the relevant investigating bodies.
(Times) A former MI6 agent is facing prison after he admitted downloading pornographic images of children on to his office computer while working at a police headquarters.
(BBC) A paedophile businessman wanted by the FBI has walked free from a British court with a fine. Jonathan Aslett, 53, was arrested in Greater Manchester after firefighters tackling a fire at his office spotted pornographic images of children. Aslett was fined £3,250 with £1,000 costs after pleading guilty to 13 charges of making indecent photographs. The maximum sentence is three years.
(Newsbytes) Rep. Robert Simmons, introduced the latest in a series of bills that aims the big guns of federal law enforcement against online child-sex predators. The "Cybermolesters Enforcement Act," similar to other bills already introduced in the House and Senate, sets five-year mandatory prison sentences for adults who use the Internet to target and lure minors for child molestation.
(AP) A British man has been arrested on charges that he created and released a virus-like program that was designed to let hackers take control of home computers. Investigators said the man created the W32-Leaves.worm, which infected a few computers earlier this year.
(Newsbytes) Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, will introduce legislation that seeks $25 million to help state law enforcement agencies fight Internet child pornography and other online crimes against children.
(AP) Dennis Moran, an 18-year-old high school dropout, earned international notoriety and a nine-month jail sentence last year for his computer-hacking exploits. Now Moran, who went by the online name Coolio, runs a computer services company that a mentor helped him set up while in jail.
(Heise) Gleiche Schutzmaßnahmen für Verbraucher wie im klassischen Geschäft will Bundesverbraucherschutzministerin Renate Künast (Grüne) im elektronischen Handel einführen.
(MSNBC) U.S. regulators have reached settlements with two pornographic Web site operations that caused unsuspecting consumers to incur long-distance charges for calls routed through the country of Madagascar. see also Adult Entertainment Web Site Operators Settle FTC Charges (FTC Press Release)
(FT) The Australian government may try to change the country's controversial media ownership laws before this year's federal election. In an unexpected move, Richard Alston, communications minister, said the centre-right coalition would consider changes both to limits on foreign ownership of local newspapers as well as on cross-ownership of broadcast and print media.
(China Online) As part of a recent campaign to clamp down on the media, the Chinese government released a list of topics that publications are forbidden from covering. see also China puts Webmaster on trial (AP), Trial Resumes For Jailed Chinese Webmaster Huang Qi (Newsbytes), Chinese webmaster tried for subversion (BBC), Online Police Appear in Internet Bars in Xi'an (Xinhua News Agency) Chinese blocking and tracking systems, Malicious cyber-squatters to face civil punishments (China Online)
(Newsbytes) A recent agreement between the German federal and state governments concerning the reform of electronic media regulatory supervision could result in tougher controls on Internet content. German federal and state governments agreed in principle on a reform plan under which the states would hand data protection authority for all electronic media to the federal government. In return, German states would gain the right to create and oversee a central authority to supervise programming and content. siehe auch Neue Kontrollstelle zum Jugendschutz in TV und Internet (Heise).
(Agence France-Presse) Afghanistan's Taliban militia banned the Internet and ordered the religious police to punish users according to Islamic law, the official radio station reported.
(Pravda) Moscow will soon get an expert commission to assess audio and video output produced in the capital for the presence of pornography. Commission members will define whether "pornography or erotica" is contained in audio and video products sold in Moscow.
(Technology Review) The claim that the Internet is ungovernable by its nature is more of a hope than a fact. see also Putting it in its place (Economist) The Internet is perceived as being everywhere, all at once. But geography matters in the networked world, and now more than ever. The Internet's new borders.
(AP) Vietnam has set new fines for illegal use of the Internet, including the spreading of prohibited information, and is tightening regulations on Internet cafes. See also Vietnam Govt Readies New Internet Rules (Newsbytes).
(Computerwoche) In einer aktuellen Pressemitteilung zieht Jörg Tauss (MdB), Experte der SPD für Internet und neue Medien, so richtig über Erwin Huber her, den Leiter der Bayerischen Staatskanzlei. Der hatte nämlich gefordert, dass Anbietern, die Pornografie oder Gewaltverherrlichung im Internet "ausstrahlen", die Lizenz entzogen werden müsse - was im Umkehrschluss der Forderungen nach Lizenzen für das Internet gleich komme.
(Newsbytes) It's possible that a legal and commercial war is looming over the digital content landscape. Copyright holders and media businesses are devising ever more draconian technologies to protect their wares from bootleggers, while consumers struggle to maintain their rights to use purchased CDs, DVDs and e-books in the manner they choose. GartnerG2 senior analyst P.J. McNealy thinks it is much more likely that consumers will simply pull the plug on new spending.
(Salon) Under today's copyright laws, you are guilty until proven innocent. I know -- it happened to me.
(Libération) La législation européenne empêche la diffusion des oeuvres sur l'Internet, que les majors américaines savent, elles, organiser. sauf pour les films très récents, le producteur ne détient pas les droits d'exploitation Internet et ne peut les céder à un site de diffusion.
(Salon) Huntingdon Life Sciences, a British medical research firm hammers its online opponents, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, courtesy of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. In a letter sent to the ISP, Huntingdon accused the activists of violating its copyright. Under the terms of the DMCA, Envirolink was forced to remove the sites to avoid potential legal liability.
(ZDNet) The International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI) is an organization that is slowly gaining new prominence in the industry's global fight to quash Net piracy.
(Reuters) U.S. officials indicted a Russian software programmer and his Moscow-based employer on charges of violating a controversial new U.S. copyright law, signaling the collapse of plea-bargain talks in a case that has sparked international protests. Dmitry Sklyarov and ElcomSoft were named in the five-count indictment filed in San Jose, Calif., federal district court. They are charged with selling and conspiracy to sell technology designed to circumvent the new U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which bans the sale of technology that can allow people to thwart copyright protections in computer and electronic programs. See also Jail Time in the Digital Age (New York Times) by Lawrence Lessig. see also Free Dmitry? Spare Me (Inside.com) by Roger Parloff and A Commitment to Candid Speech (Lessig).
(ZDNet Australia) Excite@Home Australia users are up in arms over the telco’s random raids on their broadband accounts in search of pirate activity, with many saying it’s an invasion of their privacy.
(Telepolis) With a mixture of technological fixes and legal pressures, large institutions are trying extend copyright protection in order to regain control over the flows of information. However, these efforts to maintain an outdated copyright regime are technically inefficient and socially dysfunctional. In the long run, they are part of a loosing battle.
(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.
(Newsbytes) Broadcasters must pay royalties to musicians and record labels when they stream AM and FM radio content over the Internet, a Pennsylvania federal district court judge ruled.
(Washington Post) The U.S. Copyright Office sees no need to dramatically overhaul a controversial law intended to establish legal guidelines for how digital books, music and other materials should be lent, sold, given away or otherwise distributed. see Study Required by Section 104 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
(CNET News.com) The desire of entrenched commercial interests to control information is crushing the spirit of innovation that allowed the Internet to blossom, Stanford Law School professor and technology pundit Lawrence Lessig said. Copyright and patent law, ostensibly designed to protect innovation, now have become tools large companies can use to maintain their dominance and control.
(Reuters) A survey of 75 corporate Web sites found that none measured up to a set of international standards for ensuring the privacy of customers' personal information. Although many of the Web sites surveyed were found to provide adequate data privacy in one or two areas, the Andersen study found that none met all six privacy guidelines developed between the United States and the European Union last year.
(BBC) Web bugs are crawling over the internet, secretly collecting information about surfing habits, says a new report. Internet tracking firm Cyveillance found that the use of web bugs, has risen by almost 500% over the past three years.
(New Scientist) Before we let cellphones handle everything from opening our medical records to buying a house, we'll need to make sure people can't steal our identities
(Heise) Der Hamburgische Datenschutzbeauftragte Hans-Hermann Schrader möchte Internetangebote von Unternehmen der Hansestadt künftig mit Software-Tools stärker überprüfen
(BBC) Avon and Somerset Police are investigating how confidential files containing the identities of alleged paedophiles and their victims were found on a second-hand computer bought from Bristol University.
(CDT) The Online Banking Privacy Report [pdf - 7.0MB] finds that only 22% of online banks offer customers convenient online means of preventing information sharing with other companies.
(Newsbytes) The Global Internet Policy Initiative (GIPI), a coalition working to bridge the digital divide formed by Washington, D.C.-based Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and Internews, a Brussels-based nonprofit - has inked a cooperative agreement to offer policy guidance to developing nations through the United Nations Development Program.
(Newsbytes) A cadre of public interest groups released a report contradicting the findings of a recent study by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) into what role the online public should play in drafting global Internet addressing policy. see also Study Recommends Retooled ICANN Governance Structure (Newsbytes). Rank and file Internet users would be given their own "supporting organization" within the influential Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) under a proposal submitted by the ICANN At-Large Study Committee. ICANN, Legitimacy, and the Public Voice Making Global Participation and Representation Work. The NGO and Academic ICANN Study. see also ICANN Board Member Blasts Governance Study.
(Newsbytes) A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that free-speech rights don't protect some online satirists from trademark law. The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision in an anti-cybersquatting lawsuit launched by the People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), saying that an Internet domain name PETA.org, didn't count as parody or any other kind of fair comment.
(MSNBC) Oxford University has defended its 800-year-old name on the Internet successfully, claiming control of a site run by a cybersquatter who calls himself "Mr. Oxford University" .
(Newsbytes) A federal court judge wrote that transport-trailer maker Strick Corp. had no more right to the domain Strick.com than computer consultant James Strickland.
(Professor Michael Geist) A variety of practical policy and statistical information relating to the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). see also Fair.com?: An Examination of the Allegations of Systemic Unfairness in the ICANN UDRP. see also Domain Disputes Dont Get Fair Hearing, Study Says (Reuters).
(Wall Street Journal) Yahoo, which is trying to distance itself from adult-oriented merchandise and advertising, has landed in another sex skirmish. The company has attempted to stop a Web site called sex.com from funneling users away from Yahoo's site. Users that type in the phrase "yahoo.sex.com" are automatically transferred to the sex site, because of sex.com's use of an Internet technology called the wildcard domain-name service.
(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.
(CNET News.com) A recent global wave of legislation is compelling government agencies, and in some cases government-owned companies, to use open-source or free software unless proprietary software is the only feasible option.
(Nua) European governments could save 70 percent of the cost of processing corporate tax returns if they moved to online tax filing, says Forrester Research.
(BBC) South Korea is launching an online register of convicted sex offenders this week as part of a campaign to protect children. The authorities will list the names of 169 recently convicted rapists and paedophiles, and the neighbourhoods in which they are living.
(Libération) Dans moins de quatre ans, il devrait être possible d’accomplir en ligne la plupart des démarches administratives. C’est du moins l’objectif que s’est assigné le ministre de la Fonction publique. Michel Sapin a assuré mardi, lors de l’université de la communication de Hourtin (Gironde), que, «d’ici à 2005, l’ensemble des services publics seront devenus des téléservices publics». voir aussi Interview : Michel Sapin fait le point sur l'administration électronique (Le Monde).
(Heise) Internet, Call-Center, Bürgerämter und Serviceläden - deutsche Rathäuser öffnen immer neue Portale, um den Bürgern einen besseren Service zu bieten. Bürgerämter für den Hauptstrom des Publikumsverkehrs sind in den meisten längst Standard. Die anderen Informationsdienste lassen allerdings noch stark zu wünschen übrig. Das ergaben Untersuchungen des Instituts für Arbeit und Technik IAT in Gelsenkirchen zum Stand von Technik und Organisation der neuen Verwaltungsportale.
(Weblaw) von Rechtsanwalt Dr. Rolf Bründler LL.M. E-Government hat bereits vielerorts Einzug gehalten, doch längst nicht überall und zudem auf höchst unterschiedlichem Niveau. Der vorliegende Beitrag gibt einen Überblick über die Anforderungen an E-Government auf den verschiedenen Staatsebenen und beleuchtet die aktuelle Situation in der Schweiz und Europa.
(New York Times) A new Web site that makes New York City voter registration records - including home addresses - freely available on the Internet has become the latest example of a growing tension between the individual's right to privacy and the public's right to public records in an electronic age. See also Slashdot Readers Blamed For Site Defacement(Newsbytes).
(General Services Administration) Welcome to the Office of Electronic Government, serving citizens and helping agencies meet the demand for on-line government
(Reuters) Dogs Spot and Barney, India the cat and Ofelia the longhorn cow were introduced as the main characters of a new White House Web site that teaches children about the president, his policies and his home. The new site, www.whitehousekids.gov, is part of an updated White House Web site, www.whitehouse.gov unveiled by President Bush.
(Schoolsnet) Pupils in the region are "seriously jeopardising" the careers of their teachers by creating pornographic images of them and putting them on the internet, a union has warned. In a prank which is proving increasingly popular, children are downloading pornography from the Internet or scanning in pictures from magazines and pasting on their teachers' faces.
(Wired) What's new in school these days? What isn't! Technology isn't creeping into the school systems, it's advancing like a tidal wave. Campuses are going wireless. Students are downloading texts to their laptops. Preschoolers are more tech savvy than their parents. Cheaters are finding new ways to prosper.
(New York Times) Given the advances in wireless networks and the news that some laptops now cost little more than $1,000 each, the push to outfit students with computers has taken on an inexorable logic of its own.
(CNET News.com) the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is publicly criticizing software company Gator for its practice of selling ads designed to intentionally block those sold on its members' Web sites. See also Gator rushes to court over ad technology (CNET News.com).
(ZDNet UK) The Information Commissioner is warning the government to include text message marketing in its implementation of the E-Commerce Directive
(IT Week) The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is asking for public responses to the European Union (EU)'s E-commerce Directive, which is due to come into force next year.
(Newsbytes) The Judicial Conference's Committee on Automation and Technology issued a unanimous recommendation that federal courts monitor employee e-mail and Web usage for signs of "inappropriate" use, such as downloading music or pornography, or playing games online. A federal judge has warned that this could endanger the confidentiality of sensitive court documents and create an atmosphere of paranoia among judiciary employees. see also Monitoring of Judiciary Computers Is Backed (New York Times) and Rebels in Black Robes Recoil at Surveillance of Computers (New York Times).
(New York Times) A new report by Cyveillance, which tracks Internet sites for corporate clients says that the use of an Internet monitoring technology popularly known as "Web bugs" has exploded on personal Web pages, especially those created free through online companies like America Online and Geocities, a company owned by Yahoo.
(Heise) Dutch Internet providers expect that in the year 2004 law enforcement agencies will be asking information on the name, address and living place of 300.000 Internet users.
(BBC) Bosses who phone staff at home or vet employees' e-mails could face legal action, UK executive representatives have warned. Ringing staff at home to discuss work matters could, under UK human rights legislation, be construed as an invasion of privacy, the Institute of Management has said.
(ZDNet Australia) Civil liberties group Electronic Frontiers Australia has spoken out against recommendations that could see Internet service providers forced to put their customers under constant surveillance.
(BBC) Protests are growing in South Africa against the country's plan to give the security services new powers to monitor terrorists and serious criminals. Opponents say the Interception and Monitoring Bill is draconian, describing it as a charter for government snooping. see also So. Africa Weighs Police Spy Law (Wired), Privacy International's comments and Watchdog Needed to Oversee Implementation of the Interception And Monitoring Bill (bridges.org).
(New York Times) Invoking a national security law normally used in highly publicized espionage cases, the Justice Department told a federal judge that it would not publicly reveal the details of the "key logger" system used to gather evidence in the gambling and loansharking trial of Nicodemo S. Scarfo Jr.
(CNET News.com) The Mail Abuse Prevention System (MAPS) has removed Harris Interactive from its database, known as the Realtime Blackhole List. Some Internet service providers use the list of IP addresses, linked to alleged spammers, to block unwanted e-mail. Under the deal, Harris Interactive has agreed to change its opt-in system to confirm that the people on its mailing list want to receive its e-mail polls.
(Australian IT) A businessman has won a landmark court ruling that puts internet publishers around the world on notice that they can be sued under Australia's strict defamation laws. Gutnick v Dow Jones  VSC 305. See also The law online (Sydney Morning Herald).
(New York Times) Margaret Jane Radin, director of Stanford's Program on Law, Science and Technology, has written a paper suggesting that Web sites could be found liable when hacked.
(Newsbytes) Ya.com, a Spanish Web portal owned by Germany's massive Internet service provider T-Online International, has signed a deal that will allow its subscribers access to hard-core pornography.
(FT) The Dutch competition authority said it was investigating the five mobile phone operators in the Netherlands. The inquiry is understood to concern the decision by many of the Dutch mobile phone operators to cut back subsidies to mobile handset retailers.
(AP) Schools, airports and hotels might want to look closer at the wireless Internet networks they have been installing as a convenience for the must-stay-connected crowd. A new program called AirSnort lets enterprising hackers easily grab passwords and other sensitive data as they are transmitted through the air - unless certain precautions are taken.
(FT) The UK government has "caved in" to the telecommunications industry over new guidance on the siting of mobile phone masts, opposition MPs and public health campaigners charged. New planning rules drawn up by ministers warn councils against imposing a ban or insisting that mobile phone masts be built a minimum distance from schools and hospitals. see also Government attacked over mobile mast rules (Yahoo UK).
(RAPID) A new electromagnetic safety standard provides for manufacturers to comply with strict limits. Mobile phones manufactured to this standard, defined by the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), will not expose users to excessive electromagnetic waves. The new standard will apply to mobile phones marketed within the European Union.
(Ananova) Plans to give all Welsh schoolchildren their own email addresses have been shelved by ministers because of safety fears.
(Heise) Friedhelm Repnik (CDU), Sozialminister von Baden-Württemberg, ist sich sicher: Ein Internet ohne Jugendgefährdung ist Illusion. Heute zog der Minister zwar eine positive Bilanz der Bemühungen um den Jugendschutz in den neuen Medien, räumte aber auch ein, dass es trotz aller Bemühungen weiter jugendgefährdende Inhalte geben werde. Repnik lobte in diesem Zusammenhang die Arbeit des jugendschutz.net
(Ananova) Brian Cox says he hopes people will not pre-judge his new film in which he plays a paedophile. He has defended the recent controversial paedophilia episode of Brass Eye. And he hopes his new movie does not provoke a similar reaction.
(Washington Post) About one out of every five teenagers ages 12 to 17 - more than 4 million of them - now have personal Web pages. But the manner in which some youths bare their lives worries many parents, who are concerned that the teenagers are courting trouble.
(CNET News.com) A federal lawsuit filed against AOL Time Warner alleges that America Online has allowed hate speech to go unsanctioned in chat rooms for Muslims, in violation of federal civil rights laws.
(BBC) One of the issues on the agenda at the World Conference on Racism in South Africa is the role of the media - including the internet - in addressing racism.
(Agence France-Presse) The number of German-language racist or extreme rightwing Web sites has tripled since 1999 to around 1,000, North Rhine-Westphalia justice minister Joechen Dieckmann said. In a statement on Internet crime on the eve of a conference in Duesseldorf on rightwing extremism online, Dieckmann said Internet service providers had a duty to control content.
(Newsbytes) A German youth protection organization, jugendschutz.net, succeeded in closing down 15 German-language neo-Nazi and extreme right-wing Web sites hosted in the U.S. see also jugendschutz.net erreicht Sperrung von Neonazi-Seiten (Heise) and German Official To Visit U.S. In Effort To Shut Down Hate Sites (Newsbytes).
(Wall Street Journal) "Mods," or software modifications, add features to computer games and are posted on the Web. Mods are a growing phenomenon that game producers encourage because good mods help build a fan base for a game. They also save development costs. Trouble is that many mods are for games rated "mature" by the industry. Similar to a movie rating, that means the industry considers the software inappropriate for people under 17 because they contain intensely violent or sexual scenes. But a number of mod writers are younger than 17.
(CNN) Voice of America is considering new technology, called Triangle Boy, to allow Chinese citizens access to Web sites now banned by their government. Currently, Chinese government firewalls block many Western Web sites, including some Voice of America sites.
(Wired) Over the next year, schools will be in danger of losing precious technology funding unless they can certify they have a filtering system that blocks obscene websites. The Children's Internet Protection Act requires that by Oct. 28, schools must certify that they are either in compliance with filtering requirements, or are in the process of becoming compliant by evaluating blocking software.
(CNET News.com) Sony Pictures Entertainment said it shut down a Web site featuring an R-rated trailer for "Not Another Teen Movie," reflecting the industry's move to prevent young children from viewing adult-themed material.
(Technology Review) An anonymous programmer has found a way to decrypt Microsoft Reader e-books, spurring digital-rights debate.
(ZDNet UK) A new permutation of the Code Red II worm was discovered, and one expert says that Code Red is now unlikely ever to disappear. see also Virus costs reach $10.7 billion (Reuters).
(Reuters) In the latest in a spate of corporate cyberinvasions, a hacker broke into a paintball company's Web site and sent out phony financial statements, forcing the Nasdaq Stock Market to halt trading in the company's shares for more than two hours.
(Newsbytes) The New Zealand government will set up a government unit dedicated solely to protecting the nation's critical infrastructure from cyber threats by Internet hackers or computer viruses.
(AP) Hoping to crack down on music piracy, five major record labels have quietly begun selling CDs containing technology that foils attempts by customers to copy the songs onto blank discs or computer hard drives.
(Newsbytes) Citing a desire to thwart "script kiddies" and security companies, Hack.co.za , a popular site that provides free hacking tools, has closed its doors to the general public.
(ZDNet News) A talk speech on cracking digital watermarks went ahead, as encryption researcher Edward Felten addressed security experts as planned at a conference in Washington, D.C.
(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.
(Australian Internet Industry Association) The IIA welcomes comments from the public and industry on our draft Internet Industry Privacy Code of Practice which was launched on 16 August by the Federal Attorney General.
(transfert) La commission de réflexion juridique sur le Net pilotée par Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin conclura ses premiers travaux début 2002. Le Forum se penche pour l´instant sur deux thèmes : Internet et les relations de travail, déjà abordé par la Cnil sous l´angle de la protection de la vie privée; et "les modes alternatifs de résolution des conflits", c´est à dire en amont des tribunaux. voir aussi Interview avec Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin (Le Monde).
(Reuters) A 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.
(ZDNet UK) Telecoms regulator Oftel has decided that it is unacceptable for BT to further delay access to the local loop -- the part of its network that links individual homes and offices with a local exchange. Under the proposals, if an operator requests access to a BT exchange to install its equipment, BT will have to pay £80 for every working day's delay.
(FT) The European Commission has raised the possibility of taking Spain to court to increase competition in the country's local telecommunications market. Brussels is unhappy that wholesale prices which new entrants to the market have to pay for line rental are higher than the rates that domestic customers have to pay. see also Tariff rebalancing: Commission sends new warning to Spain (RAPID)
(Heise) Die Deutsche Telekom muss nach einem Urteil des Oberverwaltungsgerichts Münster ihre Ortsnetze für die Konkurrenz öffnen. Den Antrag des Ex-Monopolisten auf einen einstweiligen Rechtsschutz wies der 4. Senat des Gerichts in der zweiten Instanz zurück.
(Guardian) More than 300 households in the Midlands will be fitted with a range of interactive equipment as part of an ambitious government scheme to test consumer reaction to digital TV.
(ZDNet News) Yahoo struck an agreement to promote family-friendly TV programs, the latest result of the Web giant's push to become an online partner for traditional media companies. Yahoo will feature information about Pax TV programs on its Yahoo TV site, an online guide for the day's shows. Pax, in turn, will direct viewers to Yahoo as part of its "Watch and Win Sweepstakes," airing commercials that tell people to log on to the portal for more information about the contest.
(MSNBC) by Richard M. Smith, Privacy Foundation. One of the biggest issues in analyzing technology and privacy is the way that databases with unique identifiers can be merged. I’ve got an example below that illustrates the problem, particularly where public records databases are concerned.
(eSchool News) A new study by researchers at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor says that while multitasking - juggling a variety of activities at one time, such as doing homework while participating in an online chat - may appear to be more efficient, it can actually be more time consuming and less healthy.
(IDG) Last month, local electric utility companies in Germany launched what vendors tout as the world's first commercial services for high speed Internet access via the power line, a potential competitor to DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) and cable. Another commercial launch is planned in Sweden later this year, as is a trial for similar services in the Netherlands.
(Total Telecom) KPN announced that its talks on a merger with Belgacom have ended without an agreement. Although the talks were started as a "merger of equals", KPN had been willing to accept a valuation that would have given it "under 50%" of the merged entity.
(Economist) The big music companies may be winning their battle against Napster, but Napster is no longer a big threat to them. Instead, plenty of other sites now offer free and easy downloads of songs from the Internet. Meanwhile, the industry's own efforts to go online are coming under antitrust scrutiny
(Red Herring) College campuses should be the dream marketplace for online entertainment. Robust computing power, high network bandwidth, and fast processing speeds abound. Even interactive content is common. However college students don’t expect to pay for their online entertainment. The entertainment industry’s worst nightmare is that this has turned out to be a habit that’s hard to break.
(Wired) College students intent on sharing music and movie files over the Internet are in for a surprise when they return to school -- they'll have fewer restrictions on their swapping.
(Reuters) In an ambitious push to turn a profit, Europe's top Internet service providers are attempting to lure couch potatoes away from the television to broadband portals that carry pay-per-view rock concerts and soap operas
(Red Herring) The number of broadband users in South Korea nearly tripled in six months, jumping from 1.5 million in June 2000 to 4 million by year end. And that total is forecast to nearly double to 7.2 million by year-end 2001. Yet the market realities faced by Korean entertainment companies are ugly. Online entertainment’s one big success in Korea is networked gaming
(Libération) Grâce aux abonnements, les sites pour adultes prospèrent malgré la crise de la Net-économie.
(FT) In what is undoubtedly the industry's most ambitious foray online, two subscription services backed by the big record companies are poised to launch in a matter of weeks. Pressplay, owned jointly by Universal and Sony, is due to launch on Microsoft's MSN, Yahoo and MP3.com. Its rival, MusicNet, is a joint venture between RealNetworks, the software group, and several record labels: Warner Bros, EMI, Bertelsmann Music Group and Zomba. See also
Vivendi launches mobile music (MSNBC) voir aussi < A HREF="http://www.liberation.com/quotidien/semaine/20010828maru.html">Vivendi Universal: tout pour sa musique (Libération) Vivendi Universal mise sur le téléphone portable musical (Le Monde).
(Knowledge@Wharton) Pressured by venture capitalists impatient for returns on their investments, many Web operators have admitted the failure of advertising-based models that relied on attracting visitors to a site with free content. They are now moving toward charging for access to information. The question is: Will consumers be willing to pay for services that they are accustomed to receiving for free?
(PBS) A caustic analysis of the Excite@Home and subsequent troubles by Robert X. Cringely, who says that Broadband is not, at this time, a viable industry.
(BBC) Thousands of scientists around the world will soon be boycotting academic journals that refuse to make their contents freely available on the web soon after publication.
(Newsbytes) Sony and Ericsson have agreed to terms on the merger of their global mobile phone units. The combined company, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, is to begin operation in October.
(Newsbytes) Online advertisers may be taking a turn down a familiar path. More and more, advertisements that look and act like television commercials are popping up - in some cases literally - on the Web.
(CNET News.com) The Industry Standard has ceased publication and will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
(San Francisco Bay Guardian) By Norman Solomon. Let the online media consolidation begin. While some view it as an expansive bastion of decentralized communication and democratic discourse, the Internet now functions quite differently overall. In total, the World Wide Web is scarcely more civic-minded than your local bank.
(Reuters) Microsoft will give its 20 million email users in Europe access to messages via their mobile phones. The initiative involves a joint venture between Danish mobile operator TDC Mobile International and Anglo-Dutch CMG Wireless Data Solutions.
(Reuters) The average Filipino is getting all steamed up about plans by cell phone operators to cut back on free text message schemes. That's not surprising in a country dubbed the text message capital of the world. see also Free SMS Cuts Result In Philippine Phone Carrier Lawsuit (Newsbytes).
(IDG) KPN has ordered special handsets to support its European rollout of I-mode technology, slated for later this year or early next year. The handsets will allow access to data services based on NTT DoCoMo Inc.'s proprietary I-mode protocol, delivered over European GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) cell phone networks. see also i-mode setzt Europas Handy-Hersteller unter Druck (Heise).
(IDG) Later this year, the Federal Communications Commission will decide whether to give the green light to so-called ultra-wideband transmission. If approved, UWB could have a dramatic impact on short-range wireless communications for the enterprise.
(IDG) Some online search engines are yielding results that are less than you expect. The most prominent findings may surface not because they're the best fit, but because the subjects wrote the biggest checks to the search engine providers, industry participants acknowledge.
(AP) The latest version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser is drawing protests because it doesn't support two rival products commonly used on Web sites. Internet Explorer 6.0 will not automatically support the embattled Java programming language or Netscape-style "plug-ins," though users and developers will have tools to make the browser compatible with those products.
(CNET News.com) Google has some fresh competition: a pair of startups aiming to improve on its immensely popular recipe for serving fast, relevant search results untainted by pay-for-placement listings. Teoma went live with a test version, or beta, in June. Another newcomer, California-based Wisenut, launched this month.
(Compterwoche) Die Leistung von Internet-Suchmaschinen lässt nach einer Untersuchung der "Stiftung Warentest" häufig zu wünschen übrig. Das Ergebnis: Von den insgesamt 21 getesteten Suchmaschinen erhielt mit Google.de lediglich ein Anbieter das Testurteil "gut".
(CNET News.com) Three months after saying it would close its "red light" district, Yahoo is allowing merchants to advertise and sell pornographic material on its Web sites. Although Yahoo has limited risqué advertising and sales of pornographic products on its U.S.-based site, such ads and products are only a click away on some of Yahoo's international sites. Yahoo's German Web site, for instance, features ads containing pictures of nude women and touting "live" sex and "hardcore" photos.
(Wired) The U.S. government has been awarded a patent for a technology known as "Onion Routing," which preserves anonymity by wrapping the identity of users in onion-like layers. The announcement prompted an angry reaction from Usenix attendees, who aren't big fans of software patents -- especially in the area of anonymous communications, where there's been so much prior work before the Navy ever got involved.
(NetValue) Pornography web sites were visited by 3.8 million home Internet users in the UK in June 2001, according to Internet monitoring company NetValue. This accounts for more than a quarter of the entire UK home Internet population. However Germany has the largest audience for online pornography in Europe with more than 5.3 million Germans visiting an adult site.
(New York Times) New data shows that for many people, the Web has become a routine electronic device.
(9NUA0) There were 459 million people with Internet access in the 30 countries studied by Nielsen NetRatings at the end of Q2 this year.
(Washington Post) Cable and telephone companies are finding that the once red-hot market for high-speed Internet access has cooled in the past few months.
(vnunet.com) Worldwide mobile phone sales have fallen in the second quarter for the first time. Some 89.8 million handsets were sold in April to June, compared with 96.6 million in January to March. In comparison with April to June 2000, eight million handsets fewer were sold this year, according to a report from Gartner Dataquest.
(AP) A majority of teens say they can find on the Internet very nearly all of what they need for school projects. American adults, however, have a mixed view of the importance of Internet skills for children to do schoolwork, an Associated Press poll found.
(IT Week) Staff using the Internet at work for personal matters could be costing UK industry £9.6bn a year, according to Net traffic monitoring firm Websense. The figure is based on 44 percent of workers spending an average of three hours a week surfing the Internet for non-work reasons.
(Reuters) Consumers have not accepted purchasing and downloading music via the Web and are not likely to change with the new services being developed by the recording industry, according to a survey by research firm GartnerG2.
(Newsbytes) At the start of the year, Internet traffic routed through the main U.K. Internet exchange, the London Internet eXchange (LINX), crashed through the 300,000 messages per second mark. Now it's peaking at around 540,000 messages a second.
(FT) Telecom companies offering high-speed internet service over telephone lines made significant gains on competing cable broadband providers last year, growing from 370,000 subscribers to about 2m during the course of 2000. According to a report issued by the Federal Communications Commission, cable companies still have a substantial lead over telephone-based digital subscriber line (DSL) services, with 3.6m connections, but the cable companies grew less rapidly, up from 1.4m in 1999.
(Heise) Die Preise für das Telefonieren im Festnetz sind im August zum ersten Mal seit der Liberalisierung des Telekommunikationsmarktes Anfang 1998 im Jahresvergleich um 0,1 Prozent wieder gestiegen. Das ist vor allem auf die um 1,3 Prozent verteuerten Inlandsferngespräche zurückzuführen. Auslandsgespräche waren dagegen um 1,3 Prozent günstiger als im Vorjahr. Weiter verbilligt haben sich auch das Mobiltelefonieren (minus 8,7 Prozent) und die Internet-Nutzung (minus 20 Prozent).
(NUA0) Seventy-two percent of US consumers polled by Statistical Research said they were not interested in using interactive TV services. The proportion of those uninterested in interactive TV service was almost the same in households that already have the services, and those that don’t.
(USA Today) Cybercrime cases are rising in high-tech regions, say U.S. law-enforcement officials. Prosecutors and investigators are seeing more cases related to computer hacking, theft of trade secrets and hardware, and other tech crimes.
(MSNBC) Microsoft may have backed off of its controversial smart tag plans, but that hasn’t stopped everyone. Two small software companies have developed third-party products that turn plain text into hyperlinks.
(Press Release) Mobile Motion are hiring new employees and are experiencing exponential growth driven primarily through their wireless location-based adult services: Strip Club Search and Escort Search. To access the service, consumers simply click on Mobile Motion on their Web-enabled phones (wap.mobilemotion.com) or handheld device (pda.mobilemotion.com) and enter their current location by area code, zip code, airport code, address, or city and state.
(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 Möglichkeiten, die den Kopierschutz angeblich austricksen.
(BBC) Scientists have found a way to coerce computers into doing science without the consent of their owners. By exploiting basic functions of web servers, a group of US scientists have been able to make the machines carry out a small part of a much larger computation.
(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.
(Washington Post) Whonami (http://www.whonami.com) digs into the same database as other whois sites, but works faster and simpler.
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