QuickLinks 206 - 3 September 2001

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Legal and regulatory issues


  • BBC chiefs attacked over 'commercial vortex'  Expand
  • Support for digital television in Europe  Expand


  • Commission initiates additional proceedings against Microsoft  Expand
  • EU - Commission closes inquiry into CD prices after changes to business practices  Expand
  • France - Abuse de position dominante de France Télécom: 40 millions de FF de sanctions  Expand
  • USA - Lobbyists Tied to Microsoft Wrote Citizens' Letters  Expand
  • USA - New Judge Named for Microsoft Case  Expand

   Computer crime

  • USA - Commercial child porn ring bust leads to 100 arrests  Expand
  • Costa Rica Gets Tough on Kid Porn  Expand
  • Hong Kong Police Arrest Porn Site Webmaster  Expand
  • India - Country's first Cyber crime police station opens  Expand
  • Indonesia hunts child pornographers  Expand
  • Internet child sex perverts escape justice  Expand
  • New Zealand - Teacher fined for keeping child pornography  Expand
  • Scotland - Shop find snares child porn man  Expand
  • SMS bombs nominated for crime-fighting prize  Expand
  • UK - Internet paedophile jailed  Expand
  • UK - Man jailed for child porn snaps  Expand
  • UK - Suspended Sentence For Consultant In Child Porn Case  Expand
  • US - Child Pornography 'Addict' Sentenced  Expand
  • USA - Child pornographer jailed for 1,335 years  Expand
  • Australia - Canberra clamps down on online perverts  Expand
  • Austria - Immer mehr Hinweise auf Kinderporno  Expand
  • Canada - Child Pornography Seizure and Arrest  Expand
  • Germany - Internet: Wort und Totschlag  Expand
  • Russia - Police Seek Rules for Porn Busts  Expand
  • UK - 'How I lured paedophiles online'  Expand
  • UK - Calls for cybercrime database  Expand
  • UK - Ex-MI6 agent put porn on police computer  Expand
  • UK - Paedophile businessman escapes jail  Expand
  • USA - Bill Aims To Hammer Net Child Molesters  Expand
  • USA - Brit accused of creating worm  Expand
  • USA - Sen. Clinton Seeks $25M To Fight Net Crime Against Kids  Expand
  • USA - Teen hacker builds computer business from jail  Expand

   Consumer protection

   Content regulation

   Copyright, trademarks and patents

  • Consumers Will Keep Copyright Guards In Check  Expand
  • Fingered by the movie cops  Expand
  • Le cinéma européen s'interdit d'accès au Web  Expand
  • No free speech for animal rights Web sites  Expand
  • Pirated music battle spreads overseas  Expand
  • Russian indicted in copyright case  Expand
  • Telco: Australian broadband raid violating privacy?  Expand
  • The Internet backlash  Expand
  • Germany - OLG München: "FTP-Explorer"-Link verletzt Markenrecht  Expand
  • USA - Broadcasters Must Pay Webcast Royalties, Judge Rules  Expand
  • USA - Keep Digital Copyright Law Intact, Agency Says  Expand
  • USA - Lawyer Lessig raps new copyright laws  Expand

   Data Protection (privacy)

  • U.S. sites fail EU privacy test  Expand
  • Web bugs spying on net users  Expand
  • Your phone is you  Expand
  • Germany - Datenschützer fahnden nach Mängeln auf Webseiten  Expand
  • UK - Inquiry into sex abuse files blunder  Expand
  • USA - Most Banks Offering Online Services Are Not Giving Consumers Online Privacy Choices  Expand

   Digital divide

  • Digital Divide-Fighting Group Signs Agreement With UN  Expand

   Domain names

  • Public Interest Groups Clash With ICANN Over Governance  Expand
  • Court: PETA.org Equaled Cybersquatting, Not Free Speech  Expand
  • Oxford University wins Net name  Expand
  • Trademarks Don't Guarantee Domain Name Rights - Court  Expand
  • UDPRinfo.com  Expand
  • Yahoo battles sex.com over link  Expand
  • USA - Nonprofit Firm Could Guide '.us'  Expand


  • Governments push open-source software  Expand
  • Governments should push online tax filing  Expand
  • S Korea plans internet sex register  Expand
  • France - Services publics en ligne en 2005  Expand
  • Gemany - E-Government: Aller Anfang ist schwer  Expand
  • Switzerland - E-Government: Einzug des Internet ins schweizerische und europäische Staatswesen  Expand
  • USA - As Public Records Go Online, Some Say They're Too Public  Expand
  • USA - eGov Home Page  Expand
  • USA - First Pets Star in New White House Web Site  Expand


  • UK - Internet porn 'is threat to teachers'  Expand
  • USA - Back to School  Expand
  • USA - Take-Home Test: Adding PC's to Book Bags  Expand

   Electronic commerce

   Employment and social issues


  • 'Web Bugs' Are Tracking Use of Internet  Expand
  • Dutch Police expected to check 300.000 Internet-users in 2004  Expand
  • E-mail snoopers 'risk legal action'  Expand
  • ISPs forced to abet "Orwellian creep"  Expand
  • Protests over SA 'snooping' bill  Expand
  • U.S. Refuses to Disclose PC Tracking  Expand

   Junk mail (spam)

  • USA - Anti-spam group makes up with pollster  Expand

   Liability, jurisdiction and applicable law


  • Spain's Ya.com Signs Deal To Provide Hard-Core Porn  Expand

   Mobile and wireless

  • Dutch mobile phone companies face investigation  Expand
  • Precautions urged for wireless Internet networks  Expand
  • UK ministers 'cave in' on mobile phone masts  Expand
  • EU - Safer mobile phones: European Commission publishes new safety standard on electromagnetic fields  Expand

   Protection of minors

  • Wales - E-mail plan for pupils shelved over safety fears  Expand
  • Germany - Minister: Das Internet wird nie ganz stubenrein  Expand
  • UK - Star of new paedophile film urges objective viewing  Expand
  • USA - Teens Take Diaries to Public on Web  Expand

   Racism and xenophobia

   Rating and filtering

  • Game critics slam violent 'mods'  Expand
  • Voice of America considers anti-censorship tech  Expand
  • USA - Separating Students From Smut  Expand
  • USA - Sony hauls R-rated trailer offline  Expand

   Security and encryption

  • Breaking Microsoft's e-Book Code  Expand
  • Expert: Code Red is here to stay  Expand
  • Hacker attacks site, halts stock trade  Expand
  • New Zealand Center To Combat Cyber Threats  Expand
  • Record labels begin selling copy-proof CDs  Expand
  • Top Hacking Tools Site Restricts Access  Expand
  • USA - Professor unveils anti-copying flaws  Expand
  • USA - Severe computer security holes reported at Commerce Department  Expand

   Self-regulation / codes of conduct

  • Australian Privacy Code launched  Expand
  • France - Du nouveau pour le Forum des droits du Net  Expand

   Taxation and tariffs

  • USA - House panel passes Web-tax ban  Expand


  • UK - BT faces fines over local loop unbundling  Expand
  • EU - Brussels warns Spain on telecoms pricing  Expand
  • Germany - Gericht: Telekom muss letzte Meile entbündeln  Expand

Market & Technology

   Convergence of telecommunications, media and information technology

  • Midlands digital TV trial  Expand
  • Yahoo signs TV promo pact with Pax  Expand

   Data Protection (privacy)

  • Revealing information online  Expand

   Employment and social issues

  • Study: Multitasking could make kids less efficient learners  Expand

   Internet access and use

  • Internet access via power lines reborn in Europe  Expand


  • Belgium / Netherlands - KPN and Belgacom merger plan fails  Expand
  • Big music's digital nightmare  Expand
  • Broadband entertainment nightmare  Expand
  • Campus Music Trades Continue  Expand
  • Europe's ISPs Looking to Cash in on Couch Potatoes  Expand
  • Korea’s entertainment conundrum  Expand
  • Le web porno, modele juteux  Expand
  • Music industry keen to fill Napster void  Expand
  • Net ads: The buck starts here  Expand
  • No Longer Feeling @Home  Expand
  • Scientists call for online library  Expand
  • Sony, Ericsson Agree On Mobile Phone Venture  Expand
  • Television-Style Ads Starting To Appear On Web  Expand
  • The Industry Standard to stop publishing  Expand
  • The ravaging of cyberspace  Expand

   Mobile and wireless

  • European Hotmail users can dial in for email  Expand
  • Filipinos get steamed up over text message cuts  Expand
  • I-mode handsets to be tailor-made for Europe  Expand
  • Ultrafast wireless technology set to lift off  Expand

   Portals, browsers and search engines

  • Do search engines tell the truth?  Expand
  • Microsoft releases Explorer 6.0  Expand
  • Search startups seek Google’s throne  Expand
  • Stiftung Warentest: Nur Google ist "gut"  Expand

   Protection of minors

  • Yahoo still in porn business overseas  Expand

   Security and encryption

  • Pentagon Hides Behind Onion Wraps  Expand


  • Almost four million Britons visited adult websites during June  Expand
  • Exploration of World Wide Web Tilts From Eclectic to Mundane  Expand
  • Global Net population at least 459m  Expand
  • High-Speed Internet Market Slows  Expand
  • Mobile phone sales continue to fall  Expand
  • Poll: Students Say Web Is Great Help  Expand
  • Surfing costs UK £9.6bn a year  Expand
  • Survey: Net users not ready to pay for music  Expand
  • U.K. Internet exchange reports traffic still soaring  Expand
  • USA - Telcos gain ground in high-speed internet access  Expand
  • Germany - Festnetzpreise erstmals seit Öffnung des Telefonmarkts wieder höher  Expand
  • USA - Consumers need convincing on digital TV  Expand
  • USA - Law enforcers report spike in cybercrime  Expand


  • ‘Keyword’ software raises ire  Expand
  • Adult Location-Based Services Driving Wireless Portal's Growth  Expand
  • CD-Kopierschutz von Macrovision ausgetrickst  Expand
  • Doing science by stealth  Expand
  • Tweaking Technology to Stay Ahead of the Film Pirates  Expand

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