(New York Times) Microsoft plans to open up its online identification system to make it compatible with competing offerings under development by companies like America Online and others.
(Total Telecom) Pirelli and its co-bidder Edizione Holding have won European Union approval for their acquisition of control over Olivetti and Telecom Italia.
(Press Release) Conclusions (PDF format). The Council requests the European Commission to submit proposals for ensuring that law enforcement authorities are able to investigate criminal acts involving the use of electronic communications systems and to take legal measures against their perpetrators. In this context, the Council will be making a particular effort to strike a balance between the protection of personal data and the law enforcement authorities' need to gain access to data for the purposes of criminal investigations. see also Euro civil liberty campaigners urge restraint (IDG).
(ZDNet) The Council of Europe Ministers' Deputies have approved the first international convention on cybercrime, which will set a common criminal policy on the misuse of computer networks and electronic information for terrorist or illegal activity. The draft will be presented to a meeting of foreign affairs ministers in Strasbourg on Nov. 8, with the so-called "opening for signature" by member states taking place at an international conference in Budapest at the end of November. voir aussi L´Europe est sévère avec le cybercrime (transfert)
(Newsbytes) The Hong Kong police force has more than doubled the number of officers dedicated to technology and computer-related crimes. Hong Kong's Commercial Crime Bureau recently set up a new Technology Crime Division?
(icCoventry) A social worker and former scout master from Coventry who confessed to hoarding thousands of obscene images of young children was jailed for 18 months.
(PFAW) Filed before the Supreme Court on behalf of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and People For the American Way Foundation (PDF format). The brief takes on Congress' erroneous finding that the standards for what materials are deemed "harmful to minors" are "reasonably constant" throughout the United States. Background on COPA (ACLU v. Ashcroft).
(Reuters) Voyeur Dorm, an Internet company that broadcasts uncensored video of college-age women living in a house equipped with video cameras, can continue to film from its Tampa, Fla., site, a federal appeals court ruled.
(Newsbytes) A half-dozen influential House lawmakers are urging fellow members to nix any legislation this session that would tweak copyright laws to accommodate changes in the market for digital music, such as the Music Online Competition Act (MOCA). MOCA would amend copyright law to extend the same copyright exemptions that radio, cable and satellite broadcasters enjoy to legitimate online music distributors.
(transfert) Du 24 au 26 septembre, Michel Gentot, président de la commission de l´informatique et des libertés (CNIL) et conseiller d´État, réunit à Paris, la 23ème conférence internationale des Commissaires à la protection des données. Idée : confronter les expériences et les réflexions des acteurs de la protection des données dans le monde, ainsi que des consommateurs et des entreprises.
(AP) Struggling with privacy concerns, a panel that oversees federal judges decided Wednesday that jurists and court employees should have some Internet activities monitored--but not their e-mail. see also Judges Ease Surveillance of Web Use (New York Times), and Judges OK New Rules On Privacy, Court Records Online (Newsbytes).
(Bridges.org) Volume 2.7, 20 September 2001. Welcome to bridges.org’s monthly newsletter. Bridges.org is an international, non-profit organization with a mission to help people in developing countries benefit from the opportunities offered by information and communications technology.
(CNET News.com) VeriSign is halting some auctions of domain names related to last week's terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in an effort to remove sites it finds "offensive."
(NUA) A new report from the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University has found that both state and federal egovernment services are improving in the US.
(RAPID) The Council has agreed to release documents to Statewatch, a UK-based group monitoring civil liberties in the European Union. This follows a draft recommendation of the European Ombudsman. The documents concerned are the agendas of the "Senior Level Group" and the "EU-US Task Force". M. Söderman underlined the importance of safeguarding the widest possible access for European citizens to information and the need to respect rules on the right of access to documents.
(internet.gouv.fr) La ministre déléguée à la famille, à l'enfance et aux personnes handicapées a présenté une communication sur la mise en place très prochaine d'une adresse électronique, ouverte à tous, bien sûr, pour signaler les sites pédophiles. Les courriers électroniques ainsi envoyés parviendront directement à l'Office Central de Lutte contre la Criminalité liée aux Technologies de l'information et de la Communication (OCLCTIC).
(RAPID) Mr Erkki Liikanen, Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society, European IT Forum 2001 Monaco, 18 September 2001.
(Cox News Service) Less than 24 hours after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, FBI agents visited executives in EarthLink's headquarters. The agents, subpoenas in hand, wanted EarthLink personnel to install the FBI's controversial tracking software -- called Carnivore. EarthLink said no. Instead, the Internet service provider used its own technology to pull records the FBI wanted.
(Wired) Dow Jones has appealed a court ruling giving an Australian mining magnate, Joe Gutnick, the right to sue for defamation over an article published in the United States and posted on the Internet.
(Justice and Home Affairs DG) The Hague Conference on Private International Law is currently working on a draft convention on jurisdiction and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters between States Parties. Commission has decided to organise a hearing in Brussels on 24 October 2001.
(Newsbytes) A Washington State appeals court ruled that the same federal law that shields Internet service providers (ISPs) from responsibility for content on their networks protected Amazon.com from liability for potentially defamatory posts on its Web site.
(Newsbytes) Online travel agency firm Travelocity has teamed up with Otto, the German direct marketing giant, to create a new pan-European joint venture. The formation of the joint venture is subject to European Union approval.
(RAPID) Mr Erkki Liikanen, Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society, IST Information Day - 2.5G-3G mobile applications, Brussels, 19 September 2001.
(Reuters) The Spanish government approved a 62.5 percent reduction of a controversial radiospectrum tax which is mostly levied on third-generation (3G) mobile phone operators.
(Newsbytes) Responding to complaints that the service has become a haven for child pornographers, operators of Music City, a leading alternative to Napster, said they are unable to stop the trading of illegal photos and videos.
(freedomforum.org) A few weeks ago, the British Board of Film Classification scissored a scene depicting the capture of a bird from the acclaimed movie "Before Night Falls." The board explained that the bird appeared to be "clearly distressed." We Americans probably should think twice before chortling at the quaintness of British sensitivities.
(Ministère délégué à la famille et à l'enfance) Une animation expliquant rapidement les principaux bienfaits et risques de l'Internet. L'originalité de "familles en ligne" repose sur les différents conseils qui sont proposés à la fois aux parents mais aussi aux enfants pour utiliser sans danger l'internet. Ces conseils peuvent illustrés par la création d'une charte familiale, un code de "bonne conduite" qui devient par l'occasion d'un dialogue entre parents et enfants.Ce guide sera bientôt offert systématiquement sur les kits de connexion à internet réalisés par les membres de l'AFA (Association des fournisseurs d'accès et de Services Internet).
(Newsbytes) America Online's Shop@AOL site, along with the portal for its ICQ instant messaging product, and Yahoo's site for users in France, have been identified as vulnerable to an attack known as cross-site scripting.
(AP) As American companies recovered from the latest Internet worm, the complex "Nimda" program struck companies around the world, shutting down sites in Norway, Japan and elsewhere. The virus-like program spreads rapidly through many ways to infect computers running Microsoft's Windows operating system. see also 'Nimda' - Norwegian For 'Nasty' (Newsbytes) and Viruses are getting faster, tougher (IDG).
(ZDNet UK) The Home Office has confirmed that it will not try to resurrect the key escrow debate in light of last week's terrorist attacks on America, but will continue with the enforcement of current encryption laws later this year.
(SecurityFocus) A hacker demonstrated that he could rewrite the text of Yahoo! News articles at will, apparently using nothing more than a web browser and an easily-obtained Internet address. Yahoo!, which learned of the hack from SecurityFocus, says it has closed the security hole that allowed 20-year-old hacker Adrian Lamo to access the portal's web-based production tools.
(Hiese) Ein Qualitätssiegel für private psychologische Online-Beratung will der Berufsverband Deutscher Psychologinnen und Psychologen (BDP) künftig vergeben.
(RAPID) The European Commission is calling for greater harmonisation and closer cooperation in combating terrorism and crime. With the adoption of two proposals for framework decisions on the fight against terrorism and the European arrest warrant, the Commission is getting down to the business of setting up genuine European cooperation in criminal matters on the basis of automatic mutual recognition between the Member States' judicial authorities. see Proposed Framework Decision on combating terrorism (pdf), Proposed Framework Decision on the European arrest warrant (pdf) and EU to adopt new laws on terrorism (Statewatch).
(Wired) President Bush sent his anti-terrorism bill to Congress, launching an emotional debate that will force U.S. politicians to choose between continued freedom for Americans or greater security. Created in response to last week's bloody attacks, the draft Mobilization Against Terrorism Act (MATA) rewrites laws dealing with wiretapping, eavesdropping and immigration. The draft, intended to increase prosecutors' courtroom authority, also unleashes the government's Echelon and Carnivore spy systems
(Newsbytes) President Bush said $55 million has been donated over the World Wide Web as Internet users pitch in to aid recovery efforts following the terrorist attacks. The president urged Americans to continue giving. The president said that the titans of high-tech - AOL Time Warner, Microsoft, Amazon, Ebay, Cisco Systems and Yahoo - have banded together to form the American Liberty Partnership, setting up libertyunites.org to generate more contributions.
(Wired) Federal agents retracing the steps of the 19 hijackers suspected in last week's attacks are finding a digital trail that leads from one Internet connection to another. According to various media reports, at least some of them went online to plan the attacks, purchase airplane tickets, and coordinate their moves.
(BBC) The first major trans-Atlantic telesurgical operation has been carried out. Doctors in the United States removed a gall bladder from a patient in eastern France by remotely operating a surgical robot arm.
(Le Monde) C'est l'antienne de la rentrée dans le petit monde de la Netéconomie : " La fête du tout-gratuit, c'est fini. Maintenant, pour surfer, il va falloir payer. " Tous les sites qui misaient sur la gratuité de leurs contenus et services, en comptant sur la seule publicité en ligne pour les financer, revoient leur copie.
(Newsbytes) Online business travel site Biztravel said it will cease operations, a casualty of the economic slowdown and the troubles that have hit the travel sector in the U.S.
(CNET News.com) Droves of Napster clones are proving that it's still cheap and easy to create file-swapping services under the nose of the entertainment industry -but such ventures promise mostly high risks and little pay for the people behind them.
(Washington Post) Since Sept. 11, many video-game developers and publishers have announced that they are either canceling or delaying new titles as a result of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. In most cases, they are reviewing their games for material involving planes and terrorists or either city.
(Wired) Network administrators now have a hacking tool that can help them strike back at malicious attackers. "LaBrea" is a free, open-source tool that deters worms and other hack attacks by transforming unused network resources into decoy-computers that appear and act just like normal machines on a network.
(Washington Post) Like many Americans, Phil Zimmermann, a computer programmer, has been crying every day since last week's terrorist attacks. He has been overwhelmed with feelings of guilt. Zimmermann is the inventor of a computer program called Pretty Good Privacy, or PGP; it was the first to allow ordinary people to encrypt messages so only those with a "key" could read them.
(CNET News.com) The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) released the candidate recommendation for its User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG 1.0). The guidelines are poised to join two other W3C accessibility recommendations, one for designing accessible Web content and the other for authoring tools.
(MSNBC) For the first time in the short history of the Internet, popular search engines report that "sex" dropped off their lists of top 10 search terms in the days following the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
(Statewatch) This site brings together a number of initiatives on access to documents and freedom of information in the EU. (Ed. Very complete and up-to-date. Highly recommended)
(New York Times) At a moment when the world's need for information has never been greater, the Internet's role as the ultimate source of unmediated news has been matched only by its notorious ability to breed rumors, conspiracy theories and urban legends.
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