(BBC) Greg Dyke, director-general of the BBC, received conditional clearance from the UK government to begin implementing his £300m ($440m) digital expansion plan. But a central plank of the UK public service broadcaster's proposal - an entertainment station aimed at 16 to 34-year-olds - was rejected by Tessa Jowell, culture secretary.
(RAPID) Mme Viviane Reding, Membre de la Commission européenne responsable de l'Education et de la Culture 58ème Festival de Venise Venise, le 7 septembre 2001.
(AP) The Bush administration, reversing the Clinton White House legal strategy against Microsoft, told the software manufacturer it no longer seeks to have the company broken up. The Justice Department also said it will not pursue the bundling issues in its protracted antitrust suit against the software giant
(FT) The US Federal Communications Commission launched a review on rules barring the ownership of broadcast stations and newspapers in the same market. The FCC is also reviewing cable ownership limits, which place caps on the number of subscribers a cable operator can serve. Taken together, the reviews could significantly alter the ownership of US TV broadcast stations, newspapers and cable companies. see FCC Initiates Proceeding to Review Newspaper-Broadcast Cross-Ownership Rule and FCC Begins Reviewing Cable Ownership Limits. (Press Releases).
(Industry Standard) A judge's conclusion that Microsoft Corp. violated federal antitrust laws was "tainted" and should be set aside, the software maker reiterated in a final filing with U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday.
(Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties UK) Home Office Internet Task Force on Child Protection. Preliminary Proposals on creation of new criminal offence "Meeting a child with intent to engage in sexual activity" and new grounds for applying for a civil order against child molesters. Documents obtained under the Open Government Code of Practice.
(Total Telecom) The Indonesian government will not complete drafting a law on cyber crime until 2004 because of the lack of legal draftsmen and information technology expertise.
(AP) A young hacker was sentenced to four months in prison for breaking into computers at a NASA lab that oversees unmanned space missions.
(Communiqué de presse) Le Conseil fédéral va mettre sur pied, en collaboration avec les cantons, une cellule de monitoring d'Internet pour rechercher systématiquement les contenus pénalement répréhensibles. Une unité de clearing devra par ailleurs être constituée. Deutsche Fassung: Gegen pädophile Inhalte im Internet.
(BBC) A military policeman has been thrown out of the army and jailed for two months after he admitted downloading child pornography from the internet.
(BBC) A Canadian hacker nicknamed Mafiaboy has been sentenced to eight months in a youth detention centre.
(transfert) Dans une recommandation adoptée le 6 septembre, le Parlement européen pointe les risques induits par certaines dispositions du projet de traité sur la cybercriminalité
(CNET Asia) Jan de Wit, the 20-year-old who wrote the Anna Kournikova virus, went to trial on Thursday, but the prosecutor asked for a relatively light sentence with no jail term -- 240 hours of community service.
(Droit et Nouvelles Technologies: Actualités) par Thibault Verbiest. La directive n°97/7/CE du 20 mai 1997 relative aux contrats négociés à distance, fondamentale pour la sécurisation du commerce électronique, est enfin transposée en France ! C'est l'Ordonnance n° 2001-741 du 23 août 2001 qui réalise cette transposition, via une modification du Code de la consommation. A noter que l'ordonnance transpose également les directives européennes sur la publicité comparative et les clauses abusives conclues avec des consommateurs.
(Heise) Der wegen seiner Abmahnungen in die Schlagzeilen geratene Verbraucherschutzverein GSDI e.V. hat vor dem Landgericht Hannover eine Niederlage einstecken müssen. Auf Antrag der SpeyerNet AG ist es dem Verein verboten, weiterhin sein Datenschutz-Gütesiegel "WebRobin" zu vergeben.
(New York Times) For Internet service companies, the aftermath of the terrorist attacks has meant new scrutiny of the material that their online users can view and post. Whether it is Web sites supporting terrorism, or backlash anti-Islamic messages posted on Internet bulletin boards, some material has forced the Internet access providers to step up their screening efforts or rethink their standards of what sort of material is acceptable.
(Salon) FCC chairman Michael Powell, Colin's smooth, ambitious son, has never met a media merger he didn't like
(The Register) The anonymous remailer network isn't closing, despite an alarmist and inaccurate story by Wired's Declan McCullagh, and postings to his own widely-read Politech mailing list. see also Anonymous remailers begin to shut down (Network World Fusion).
(New York Times) The first of three articles on cookies. see also As Big PC Brother Watches, Users Encounter Frustration, Government Is Wary of Tackling Online Privacy,How to Say No to Cookies and The Browser as a Cookie-Control Key
(Privacy Foundation) A report on the privacy practices of Monster.com.
(Wired) Pacific Research Institute's new privacy study advises legislators to act cautiously when imposing rules on U.S. businesses and consider the potential negative consequences of regulations. The study said that laws would offer Americans a false sense of security and stifle the development of anonymity-preserving tools, which are better at protecting privacy than laws and don't suffer from the same negative side effects
(Newsbytes) A Frankfurt court has ordered DeNIC - the organization which administers Germany's top level domain ".de" - to stop identifying itself as a "non-profit organization."
(Computerwire) The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has handed control of the .au country-code top-level Internet domain to the .au Domain Administration.
(ICANN) Preliminary Report. see also meeting archives and Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Communiqué
(Reuters) Efforts to give everyday Web surfers a voice in the Internet's standards-setting body could be derailed by an unrelated proposal. by a group of national domain-name managers. Disgruntled by what they see as under-representation within ICANN, "country code" domains such as France's ".fr" and Japan's ".jp" hope to establish a committee of their own and claim seats on the board of directors.
(Reuters) A South African activist who suggested that proposed reforms to the Internet's top standards-setting body would not increase public participation as much as hoped drew an angry response from reform committee chair Carl Bildt.
(WIPO) WIPO has issued its final report on the second process regarding domain name policies. The report refrains from recommending new rules for personal names, geographic names and trade names, noting the lack of international agreement on these issues. It does recommend, however, that domains of generic drug names be cancelled without proof of bad faith and calls for the creation of a UDRP parallel procedure for the names of intergovernmental organizations that would not require bad faith (misleading association sufficient) and would not be subject to judicial review (text by Micheal Geist / ILN)
(Newsbytes) The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has set up a special link on its Internet fraud tip site in order to solicit information about the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington D.C.
(Newsbytes) A New Zealand government electronic purchasing project is due to run for about six months starting at the end of the year and will involve five government departments.
(MSNBC) British schools are flocking to the Internet and gearing up to let their pupils surf the Web in droves, according to a government report.
(NUA) IDC has forecast that the European elearning market will be worth nearly USD6 billion by 2005.
(AP) The Internet proved its value as a virtual balm for a global crisis as friends, families and even strangers collected online for soul-searching and emotional support.
(Libération) C'est aujourd'hui que chercheurs, juristes et dirigeants d'entreprise font leur rentrée au sein du Forum des droits de l'Internet. L'un de ses premiers chantiers: «relations du travail et l'Internet». Utilisation privée de l'e-mail, temps passé à surfer, usage syndical, les sujets de friction entre salariés et employeurs ne manquent pas.
(Le Monde) Erkki Liikanen continue de croire que la concurrence dans les télécommunications résoudra le problème des hauts débits pour tous.
(CFP) San Francisco, USA. April 16-19, 2002. The Program Committee of the Twelfth Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy (CFP2002) seeks proposals for innovative conference sessions and speakers on all aspects of computers, freedom, and privacy. All submissions must be received by October 15, 2001.
(RAPID) Mr Erkki Liikanen, Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society, 3rd Annual Conference of the GBDe (Global Business Dialogue on e-commerce) Tokyo, 14 September 2001
(Newsbytes) The Senate approved legislation that would dramatically expand the powers of law enforcement agencies to track the online activities of suspected criminals and terrorists. Among other things, the legislation would broaden "pen-register" and "trap-and- trace" laws - which allow law enforcers to obtain the phone records of suspected criminals - to cover Internet communications. see also Senate OKs FBI Net Spying (Wired), Congressional Response to Terrorism Threatens Privacy (EFF) and Ashcroft urges stricter anti-terrorism laws (AP).
(Newsbytes) Echelon, a vast information collection system capable of monitoring all the electronic communications in the world, does exist. Just because the surveillance network exists, however, doesn't mean that government agencies can access all the information Echelon collects, said Gerhard Schmid, German MEP. The European Parliament accepted Schmid and his team's 130-page-plus report and its 44 recommendations in a 367-159 vote. see Echelon spy system and vote (EP Daily Notebook). voir aussi Echelon en version européenne (transfert).
(AP) The National High-Tech Crime Unit, set up earlier this year to fight crime related to information technology, has asked all phone companies and Internet service providers to preserve communications data stored on the day of the attack in case they contain important clues to the identity of the terrorists who attacked Washington and New York.
(Telepolis) Auch in der Schweiz steigt die Zahl der Abhörmaßnahmen. Ein neues "Bundesgesetz betreffend die Überwachung des Post- und Fernmeldeverkehrs", kurz BÜPF genannt, hätte schon am 1.September in Kraft treten sollen, doch dieser Termin wurde nun auf den 1.Januar verschoben.
(Wired) Federal police are reportedly increasing Internet surveillance after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
(Reuters) An 80-strong U.S. terrorism task force raided the Texas-based host of Arabic Web sites, including that of Al-Jazeera, the Arab world's leading independent news channel, prompting charges of an "anti-Muslim witchhunt.'' But the FBI, which took part in the raid denied any anti-Arab bias and said it was executing an unspecified federal search warrant.
(Le Monde) En avril 2000, le gouvernement suédois dévoilait un plan de près de 900 millions d'euros visant à mailler à haut débit la quasi-totalité du territoire d'ici à 2005, pour que les technologies de l'information soient " accessibles à tous ". Un an plus tard, l'objectif est loin d'être atteint.
(MSNBC) Following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, for several hours it became nearly impossible to connect to anyone in the New York or Washington, D.C., areas. Frantic, millions turned to e-mail and instant messaging to communicate. At the same time, Internet news traffic skyrocketed to record levels. Major Internet news sites were nearly inaccessible. see also Internet holds up in aftermath of terrorist attacks (Network World Fusion)
(Reuters) The European Parliament hit deadlock over a pan-European ban on unsolicited e-mail known as "spam'', sending the proposal for a European Parliament and Council directive concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector back to a committee for another look. see Commission proposal, Report by Marco CAPPATO A5-0270/2001 and EP Daily Notebook. see also EU rejects chance to put the lid on spam (vnunet).
(ZDNet UK) A leading UK scientist said it was irresponsible for mobile companies to target school children by marketing mobile phones as "back to school" devices. He would like to see the price of mobiles increased to deter children, who he believes should use text messaging rather than making voice calls.
(Reuters) The Bush administration will soon send Congress legislation that would delay for two years the deadline for selling a slice of airwaves for advanced mobile wireless services.
(Silicon) Pictures of explicit sexual acts are being made readily available to kids by internet portal Lycos - and the company doesn't seem to care. The pictures, which replace the operator logos on mobile phone screens, clearly depict all manner of sexual acts and a number of pornographic poses.
(MSNBC) Between 300,000 and 400,000 U.S. children are victims of the sex trade each year, from juvenile pornography and street prostitution to selling sex at school, according to a university study that tracked children in 17 major cities.
(Wired) A French judge launched hearings into whether Internet service providers should censor portals accessible on their networks to stop French citizens from viewing links to neo-Nazi Web sites. see also French ISPs Fight To Avoid Blocking Nazi, Racist Content (Newsbytes) and Nazi crackdown turns to portals (Reuters). voir aussi Affaire J´accuse : les témoins ont la parole, Le filtrage dans le prétoire et Affaire J´accuse : vers le coeur du débat (transfert), Procès Front14.org : les techniciens en faveur du filtrage (01net), La justice française se penche sur "le portail de la haine" et Censure, le cache-sexe de la haine ordinaire ? (Le Monde) et Pièges à enfants sur la Toile néonazie (Libération).
(Wired) The Jewish group B'nai Brith Canada is calling for stricter regulation of hate-related material on the Internet following the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.
(Newsbytes) A Web site entitled "Whitepower American Skinheads" has been disabled for three days, after an attacker named Evil Angelica breeched the site's security and apparently destroyed numerous files.
(IRIS) Interventions en qualité de « grand témoin » dans l'affaire du site portail « front14 » de Joël Boyer, secrétaire général de la CNIL (s'exprimant à titre personnel) et Meryem Marzouki, présidente d'IRIS. see also French to Ban Neo-Nazi Websites?
(Forum des droits sur l'internet) Fiche pratique.
(BECTA) Everyone knows that internet safety is an important issue, and Becta recently underlined this with the announcement of its Internet Proficiency Scheme, which is aimed at children in English primary schools. A teaching pack will be produced with certificates for pupils as well as games and quizzes to help get the message about internet safety across.
(Spieegl) Das Bezahlfernsehen Premiere World reißt immer größere Löcher in Leo Kirchs Kassen - dabei gibt es immer mehr Zuschauer. Über die kann man sich in München jedoch kaum freuen: Sie kaufen illegal ihre Karten für die Decoder am Bahnhof - oder "hacken" sie selbst.
(Computerworld) The day after terrorist attacks hit New York and Washington, businesses continued to file disaster declarations with large technology providers that can help them recover their IT systems in the wake of catastrophic events.
(CoE) Recommendation Rec(2001)8 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on self-regulation concerning cyber content (self-regulation and user protection against illegal or harmful content on new communications and information services) (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 5 September 2001 at the 762nd meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies) .
(IT) Blame for the lack of effective competition in the Australian telecommunications industry has been laid squarely at the feet of the Federal Communications Minister, Senator Richard Alston, according to a new industry report. The report blamed Alston for his futile pursuit of Internet regulations for porn and online gambling.
(ZDNet News) The hacker community wrangles over its response to the attacks in New York and Washington, as one group calls for strikes against Palestinian and Afghani Web sites and another calls for calm.
(Reuters) Flamboyant German Internet millionaire Kim Schmitz has received thousands of tips from around the world in response to his offer of a $10 million reward for information on the terror attacks in the U.S.
(New York Times) In the last few years search engines have started to scan the Web not only for text but for pictures too. Their technology now makes copies of every image they come across, whether the search engines have permission to do so or not.
(Newsbytes) Now it's not just MP3 files that are clogging school information-technology systems, it's video and software as well.
(FT) China is set to allow News Corporation and AOL Time Warner access to its domestic television audiences in return for their agreeing to distribute a Chinese government-sponsored channel in the US. see also World's last TV frontier falls to Murdoch (Independent).
(Wired) The terrorist strikes prompted an avalanche of personal accounts, photographs and videos of the terrible events from people on the ground. And not only was citizen-produced coverage sometimes more accessible than professional news organizations, it was often more compelling.
(FT) Walt Disney and News Corporation have formed a joint venture to distribute films via cable and the internet, which they hope will catapult them into a leading position in the evolving market for video-on-demand. Last month Sony, Warner Bros, Universal Studios, MGM and Paramount banded together in an internet-only project, provisionally named Moviefly.
(FT) How reckless optimism has led to bankruptcies, job losses and an awesome glut of capacity in the telcoms industry. see also How the world caught third-generation fever and The tangled legacy of a derailed revolution.
(vnunet) An online porn bonanza is set to sweep across Europe as ISPs look at 'adult content' to pump up flagging revenues, industry experts predicted.
(Forbes) Much of the raunchy porn on the internet wouldn't exist were it not for the help of a handful of legitimate companies operating quietly in the background.
(Reuters) Deutsche Telekom has signed a contract to sell its six remaining regional cable TV companies to U.S.-based cable group Liberty Media for 5.5 billion euros (US$5 billion).
(FT) Vodafone issued a statement giving some details of its plans for third-generation services when they are launched next year. The statement was made in response to a report in the Financial Times, which said that Vodafone's minimum guaranteed data speeds would not be enough to deliver full video services.
(Guardian) What exactly is the invisible web? Quite simply, it is made up of information that search engines either cannot or will not add to their web indexes.
(CNET News.com) Israeli security company Midbar has inked a deal with a Bertelsmann-owned CD manufacturer to provide copy protection for music albums.
(NUA) Over 60 percent of the 240,000 websites in China were set up in the past 18 months, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
(NUA) A new report from the US Census Bureau has found that 94 million people used the Internet at home in the US last year, up from 57 million in 1998.
(Reuters) Free music downloading is hotter than ever, said researchers who found more than 3 billion files were downloaded on four leading file-swapping services in August, topping Napster at its peak. According to Webnoize, the top four file-sharing systems - FastTrack, Audiogalaxy, iMesh and Gnutella - were used to download 3.05 billion files during August.
(CNN) While fewer seniors go online compared to the younger Net set, those who do click away with considerable gusto, in particular to reach out to family, according to a new survey from the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
(BBC) An innovative and sophisticated way of communicating with the internet has arrived - paper. The Swedish-based company Anoto have developed pens that use wireless technology to communicate directly with the internet.
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