QuickLinks 213 - 11 November 2001

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Legal and regulatory issues


  • Oftel reviews Conditional Access Guidelines for digital television  Expand
  • EU - Konflikt um Rundfunkgebühren auf EU-Ministerrat erneut aufgeflammt  Expand Translate

   Cable and satellite


   Computer crime

  • Council Of Europe Adopts Global Cyber-Crime Treaty  Expand
  • Area of Freedom, Security and Justice in the EU  Expand
  • Conclusions from the EU Expert Seminar "Fighting child pornography on the internet - forensic aspects"  Expand
  • UK - Doctor fined over child porn  Expand
  • UK - Fourteen arrested after Internet child porn investigation  Expand
  • USA - All Charges Dismissed by Judge in Columbia Sex Torture Case  Expand
  • USA - Justices Weigh Law Barring Virtual Child Pornography  Expand

   Consumer protection

  • France - Peut-on encore croire au pere-noel.fr ?  Expand Translate
  • USA - Porn sites fined $30M for illegal billing  Expand

   Content regulation

  • Iran set for clash over satellite television ban  Expand
  • Online Index Documents Censorship, Free Speech Incidents  Expand
  • Yahoo Accused on Allowing Offensive Content on Site  Expand

   Convergence of telecommunications, media and information technology

  • UK - BT applies for broadcasting licence  Expand

   Copyright, trademarks and patents

  • USA - AOL Is Ordered to Stop Using PlayMedia Software  Expand

   Data Protection (privacy)

  • Europe Goes After the Cookie  Expand
  • Gateway Joins U.S.- E.U. Safe Harbor Program  Expand
  • Privacy expert resigns to focus on security  Expand
  • France - Données de connexion  Expand Translate
  • USA - Groups Urge FCC To Uphold Phone Privacy Rules  Expand

   Domain names

  • Final ICANN Governance Decision Not Expected Until 2002  Expand
  • Activists enrage WTO with phony Web site  Expand
  • Domain Name Cases In China  Expand
  • Dot-Biz Domains Open To All - If You Know Where To Look  Expand
  • Implementation of the .eu Top Level Domain  Expand
  • Deutschland - Telekom verliert Rechtsstreit um den Buchstaben T  Expand Translate
  • USA - Government Awards '.us' To NeuStar  Expand
  • USA - Government Cedes Control Of '.Edu' To Non-Profit Group  Expand
  • USA - Lawmakers Consider '.Kids-.US' Compromise  Expand


  • USA - OMB Releases 22 E-Gov Initiatives  Expand
  • Deutschland - Bayern investiert Millionen in Behördenvernetzung  Expand Translate
  • EU - Public register of Council documents  Expand
  • UK - Technophobe councils jeopardise e-government  Expand
  • USA - Congressional Web Sites Must Provide Basic Data - Study  Expand

   Electronic commerce

  • Electronic Commerce Legal Issues Platform  Expand
  • Rep. Goodlatte Intros Bill To Outlaw Internet Gambling  Expand
  • Deutschland - BGH: Internet-Auktionen sind rechtsverbindlich  Expand Translate


  • France - Lutte contre les réseaux incitant à la pédophilie  Expand Translate


  • Terror Act Has Lasting Effects  Expand
  • Deutschland - Erste Ergebnisse der Abhörstudie des Justizministeriums  Expand Translate

   Junk mail (spam)

  • Japan - Court issues injunction on DoCoMo spammer  Expand
  • USA - Supreme Court Won't Strike Down Washington Spam Law  Expand

   Liability, jurisdiction and applicable law

  • France - Court Says France Can't Censor Yahoo Site  Expand
  • France - Le portail néonazi échappe au filtrage  Expand Translate
  • Urteile ohne Grenzen  Expand Translate
  • France - La justice fixe la règle de prescription des délits sur internet  Expand Translate

   Mobile and wireless

  • Dutch Police 'Bombard' Stolen Cell Phones With SMS  Expand
  • USA - FCC Repeals Limits On Wireless Spectrum Ownership  Expand

   Protection of minors

  • UN: Children's Fund Announces Major Step Against Child Pornography  Expand
  • USA - Supreme Court zaps violent game law  Expand

   Racism and xenophobia

  • Council of Europe - Assembly presses for ban on racist websites, including "illegal hosting"  Expand

   Rating and filtering

  • EarthLink to release child-friendly browser  Expand
  • Internet Filters - a Public Policy Report  Expand
  • Sites Blocked by Internet Filtering Programs  Expand
  • EU - Review of currently available filtering tools  Expand
  • USA - Doctors Seek Universal Rating System for Media  Expand

   Safer Internet awareness

  • Call for proposals to raise awareness of safer use of the Internet  Expand
  • Chinese government gives awards to non-porn websites  Expand
  • España - Seguridad electrónica  Expand Translate
  • Italia - La prevenzione e la tutela dei minori nelle reti telematiche  Expand Translate
  • Kids' Net safety in Europe  Expand

   Security and encryption

  • ACLU Warns Of Face Recognition Pitfalls  Expand
  • Hacker watchdog group in the works  Expand
  • Movie industry dealt DVD-cracking blow  Expand
  • Deutschland - Datenschützer warnt vor zentraler Biometrie-Datei  Expand Translate
  • España - El MCYT se incorpora a la 'Campaña de Seguridad en la Red' de la AI  Expand Translate
  • USA - Surveillance Law Urges ID Cards, Biometrics For Immigrants  Expand


  • Schweiz: Digitalanschluss gehört zur Telecom-Grundversorgung  Expand
  • U.K. Telecom Regulator Bars '070' Revenue-Sharing  Expand
  • USA - FCC Adopts Nationwide Rules For Gauging Telecom Competition  Expand


  • Cybersecurity czar snubs ID plan, defends Govnet  Expand
  • FATF Cracks down on Terrorist Financing  Expand
  • Deutschland - Datenschützer halten Anti-Terrorpaket für nicht akzeptabel  Expand Translate

Market & Technology

   Cable and satellite

  • Satellite-Net venture seen scrapped  Expand

   Convergence of telecommunications, media and information technology

   Domain names

  • NeuLevel Reports Heavy .Biz Registration Volume  Expand

   Electronic commerce

  • Secrets Of Lucrative Online Auctions - Research  Expand

   Employment and social issues

  • Chronicling, and Living the Internet Revolution  Expand


  • European award for BBC News Online  Expand
  • Genie set for move into mobile porn  Expand
  • Napster relaunch delayed by content difficulties  Expand
  • RIAA's Hilary Rosen Offers An Olive Branch  Expand
  • Yahoo set to charge for streamed content  Expand

   Multilingual content and software

   Portals, browsers and search engines

  • Microsoft backs down on browser censorship  Expand

   Rating and filtering

  • Software that puts porn in the trash  Expand

   Security and encryption

  • Amsterdam Airport Adopts Retinal Scanning ID Tech  Expand
  • Cartoon DVD infected with FunLove virus  Expand
  • Hackers bypass Microsoft copy protection  Expand
  • Microsoft Warns Of Browser Cookie-Eating Attack  Expand
  • Microsoft: No relief from security attacks  Expand
  • Personal Firewalls Spring Security Leaks  Expand
  • Welcome to the era of drive-by hacking  Expand
  • Deutschland - Kein Porno-Hack auf sicherheit-im-internet.de  Expand Translate
  • UK - Students hack for PIN money  Expand


  • Big Apple Is Capital Of Global Internet - Study  Expand
  • Most US Internet users visit online groups  Expand
  • News: Song-swappers stay in tune  Expand
  • UK home Internet usage levels off  Expand
  • UK is still broadband laggard - OECD  Expand
  • Webnoize: Napster-like outfits on rise  Expand


  • File Trading Instantly Is Easier  Expand
  • Visa studies geolocation technology  Expand

Useful addresses

  • University courses in the law of cyberspace  Expand


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