(Economist) As it launches an array of new products, the software giant is changing, and yet its basic instincts are staying much the same.
(CNET News.com) Technology industry heavyweights including Intel, IBM, Microsoft and Compaq are trying to kill a Disney plan for legislation that would require anti-piracy protections in PCs, CD players and other consumer electronics devices.
(CNET News.com) Two of the principal tools championed by industry "self-regulators" to preserve online consumer privacy rights, disclosure and anonymity are fast looking like a smoke screen to justify some extraordinary corporate intrusions.
(Computerwire) NetRegistry Pty has lost the contract to host Australia's .au top-level Internet domain, following a "breach of security", according to the .au domain administration, auDA.
(New York Times) Visitors to a financial Web site for children were in for a shock: the math-and-money game they expected to find had been replaced by a pornography site. The money game, which is still accessible at Moneyopolis.com, was produced by Ernst & Young, the auditing and consulting company. Pornographic images had been posted at an alternate Web address for the site, Moneyopolis.org, which has been under new ownership since this summer as a result of an expired domain registration.
(RAPID) On the 23rd of October the European Commission adopted a Communication aiming to improve the exploitation of public sector information throughout Europe. The purpose is to remove the many barriers content companies are facing trying to develop the next generation of cross-border information services and products based on public sector information. The overall aim is to put these European companies on an equal footing with companies in other markets such as the US, where simpler access and re-use regimes have led to a market up to five times larger than that in Europe. While the Communication comprises a set of European-level measures to facilitate the re-use of government information resources, the Commission is also considering to ease the existing barriers through a directive. see also Green Paper on Public Sector Information in the Information Society.
(EUROPA) The database for Consultation, the European Commission and Civil Society (CONECCS) is part of the Commission's commitment to provide better information about its consultation processes.Here you can find information about the Commission's formal or structured civil society consultation bodies and search a directory of pan-European civil society organisations representing a wide range of interests in Europe.
(vnunet.com) Two Liverpool council workers have been suspended after using council-owned computers to send 150 flirty emails to each other in just seven days.
(Washington Post) President Bush yesterday handed law enforcement broad new investigative and surveillance powers, signing legislation aimed at helping authorities track and disrupt the operations of suspected terrorists in the United States. see also New Search Law Likely to Provoke Fourth Amendment Challenge (National Law Journal) and USA Act Stampedes Through (Wired).
(Libération) Depuis un an, ils ne sont plus responsables du contenu. Bilan.
(FT) The UK government's decision to auction third generation mobile phone licences will receive an endorsement from the National Audit Office, which says the £22.5bn ($32.62bn) raised should not damage the industry. see Radiocommunications Agency: The Auction of Radio Spectrum for the Third Generation of Mobile Telephones (Press Release).
(vnunet) The Sunday Times drew flak from the internet community week when it asked readers to take part in a "unique study" to see what children got up to online. What got privacy advocates' backs up was the fact that the survey required the installation of an invisible keylogger, which tracks all activity on the machine. see also Calling all parents!
(AP) Top Internet companies announced their support for a Web site rating system to keep children away from Internet pornography and other controversial sites. The Internet leaders, which include AOL Time Warner, Yahoo and Microsoft Network, hope that the system will show lawmakers that self-regulation can work, heading off more laws restricting Internet content. With the ICRA plan, operators would rate their Web sites by filling out an online form listing types of objectionable material, such as drug promotion, gambling or particular forms of nudity. Using a free filtering program that will be available next spring, parents can block sites featuring any category of material they find objectionable. Parents can still block or allow specific sites, or permit borderline content for medical or educational purposes. see also Web giants support content ratings (CNET News.com), AOL, MSN, Yahoo To Label Sites For Questionable Content (Newsbytes) and Filter Plan Leaks Like a Sieve (Wired).
(transfert) Dans un grand élan confinant à la désinformation, le lobby international de la classification morale des sites web annonce une vaste campagne visant à protéger les enfants sur le Net. Une solution "win/win", comme ils disent. Pour qui ?
(CNET News.com) Schools and libraries have until Sunday to show they're taking adequate steps to block access to online pornography on public computers.
(Wired) SecurityNewsPortal (SNP) , a security news website closed down after its owner decided it wasn't worth fighting a malicious hacker who defaced the site the day before.
(Press Release) The Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford (PCMLP) will undertake a research project for the European Commission under the Safer Internet Action Plan. The IAPCODE study will conduct research into self-regulatory efforts in various media in Europe and assist self-regulatory bodies in developing and implementing their codes of conduct. The research will cover the Internet and film and video, video games, digital television and WAP technology.
(Guardian) ITV Digital has been censured by advertising watchdogs for claiming satellite dishes are an "eyesore" that ruin the outsides of people's homes.
(ZDNet France) Le Forum des droits sur l'internet aborde pour l'instant avec prudence le débat suscité par les nouveaux amendements au projet de loi sur la sécurité quotidienne. Internautes et prestataires sont pourtant concernés.
(FTY) AOL Time Warner, the US media giant, on Monday said it had become the first foreign company to win the right to distribute a Chinese language cable TV channel in China, signalling a new age of openness in the mainland cable TV market.
(FT) Hutchison 3G, Britain's newest mobile phone operator, has appointed an executive to develop ways of offering soft-core pornography over third generation handsets.
(Digital Beat) by Jamal P. Le Blanc. Critique of the report titled Children's Access to Pornography Through Internet File-Sharing Programs. The report and its accompanying publicity constructs too narrowly the questions one might ask about Internet file-sharing applications and peer-to-peer networking.
(QuickLinks) Best wishes to Alan Reekie on his retirement from the Commission. He has spotted a large number of items which have appeared in QuickLinks, particularly related to convergence and the audiovisual sector.
(QuickLinks) Owing to pressure of work, the QuickLinks newsletter will be appearing irregularly, if at all, until Christmas. I recommend the BNA's Internet Law News compiled by Michael Geist , the UNESCO Observatory of the Information Society and the other QuickLinks sources.
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