QuickLinks 218 - 6 January 2002

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Legal and regulatory issues


  • EU / France - High-speed Internet access: Commission suspects Wanadoo of abusing its dominant position  Expand
  • Muris Addresses US Europe Antitrust Differences  Expand
  • EU - Commission clears Internet travel agency joint venture  Expand
  • Germany - Liberty bites back at watchdog  Expand
  • UK - Sky faces fine  Expand
  • USA - Hollywood Net ventures probed  Expand

   Computer crime

  • Deutschland - Kinderpornografie: Polizei vernachlässigt Fahndung im Internet  Expand Translate
  • New Zealand Govt Looks To Close Net Porn Loophole  Expand
  • Spam advertising child porn is on the rise  Expand
  • US student arrested over sexual assault and torture of 15-year-old girl  Expand
  • USA - Washington Teacher Convicted in Child Porn Case  Expand
  • Sweden - Fight against child abuse goes high-tech  Expand
  • UK - Child porn pervert jailed for a year  Expand
  • UK - Scotland to get tougher on child porn  Expand

   Consumer protection

  • USA - Court Upholds FTC’s Authority To Regulate Internet Ads  Expand
  • USA - FTC Puts Halt To Site's Cancer-Cure Claims  Expand

   Content regulation

   Convergence of telecommunications, media and information technology

   Copyright, trademarks and patents

  • "Lockware"  Expand
  • France - Pour le juge, la marque "e-learning" est insuffisamment descriptive  Expand Translate
  • Trying to Keep Young Internet Users From a Life of Piracy  Expand
  • U.S. Expands Investigation Into Piracy of Software  Expand
  • USA - Deal over web radio royalties  Expand
  • Finland - ISP Software Piracy Case Ends  Expand
  • Netherlands - University targeted in piracy raids  Expand

   Data Protection (privacy)

  • Belgique - La Commission vie privée n'aime pas les manières de l'IFPI de traquer les pirates sur l'internet  Expand Translate
  • Deutschland - Neuer Leitfaden zum Datenschutz im Internet  Expand Translate
  • France - Le Forum des droits sur l´Internet et la conservation des données de connexion  Expand Translate
  • USA - Qwest Plan Stirs Protest Over Privacy  Expand
  • USA - Senate Passes Education Bill  Expand
  • USA - State AGs Urge FCC To Adopt Opt-In Reg For Telcos  Expand
  • France - Les logs passent le test constitutionnel  Expand Translate


   Electronic commerce

  • UK - Delay in Implementation of E-Commerce Directive  Expand

   Employment and social issues

  • Fair Play? Violence, Gender and Race in Video Games  Expand

   Information society and Internet policy

  • China outlines plan to liberalise media industry  Expand
  • La Belgique crée un Observatoire des droits de l'Internet  Expand Translate
  • EU - European Council meeting in Laeken 14 and 15 December 2001  Expand

   Internet access and use

   Junk mail (spam)

  • USA - California anti-spam legislation upheld  Expand

   Liability, jurisdiction and applicable law

   Mobile and wireless

  • USA - Congress fails to approve NextWave licence deal  Expand

   Protection of minors

   Racism and xenophobia

  • Defying a Taboo, Nazi Protagonists Invade Video Games  Expand

   Rating and filtering

   Safer Internet awareness

  • UK - Home Office screens Internet paedophile warning ads  Expand
  • 2002 promises tech changes for family  Expand

   Security and encryption

  • UK Government-Industry IT Security Alliance Formed  Expand
  • Warning of malicious e-cards  Expand


  • EU - Commission takes action against Greece, Portugal and Germany on opening of the local loop  Expand
  • EU / Spain - Telefónica de España v Administración General del Estado  Expand


  • 'Terrorist' Sites Taking Donations Despite US Sanctions  Expand
  • Germany - Computer experts probe Sept. 11 deals  Expand

Market & Technology

   Convergence of telecommunications, media and information technology

  • Japan - Yahoo!, Sony, Softbank in PS2 broadband service tie-up  Expand

   Internet access and use

  • UK - Go-ahead for DIY broadband  Expand


  • «L'exception culturelle française est morte»  Expand Translate
  • L'ogre Bertelsmann avale RTL Group  Expand Translate
  • Microsoft hopes 'Corona' highlights digital media  Expand
  • Public money, private code  Expand
  • USA - Deal Creates Cable Giant  Expand
  • Vivendi Universal Expands MP3.com In Europe  Expand
  • Vivendi’s Christmas shopping  Expand

   Mobile and wireless

  • I-Mode Will Fail In Europe - Report  Expand
  • Playboy set to appear on cell phones  Expand

   Multilingual content and software

  • The Chinese Connection / Wiring the People's Republic  Expand

   Security and encryption

  • AOL Fixes Messenger Glitch  Expand
  • Microsoft Browser Slips Up On SSL Certificates - Report  Expand
  • Universal Net ID Consortium Says Momentum Growing  Expand
  • What They Know Could Hurt You  Expand
  • Windows XP vulnerable to 'serious' attacks  Expand


  • Australia - We surf less and learn more  Expand
  • Half Of Online Shopping Done At Work - Study  Expand
  • Internet starts to shrink  Expand
  • UK broadband 'to triple in 2002'  Expand
  • Women catch up on net use  Expand
  • Young Brits Having Wireless Textfest - NTL  Expand
  • UK - Govt. Uncovers Regional Internet-Access Divide  Expand


  • Rise of Internet 'Borders' Prompts Fears for Web's Future  Expand
  • Tracking Down the Nasty Guys  Expand
  • Isle of Man - Test run for future phones  Expand

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