(Heise) Nachdem die Entscheidung des Bundeskartellamts zur Übernahme von TV-Kabelnetzen der Deutschen Telekom durch Liberty durchgesickert war, liegt nun die Begründung vor.
(Transfert) Le conseil de la concurrence ordonne que tous les fournisseurs d´accès soient sur un pied d´égalité pour l´ADSL. Et Wanadoo, en attendant, ne pourra plus profiter des agences France Télécom pour son offre Haut-Débit. voir aussi France Telecom doit suspendre la vente des packs ADSL de Wanadoo (AFP). see also France - Watchdog rules against France Telecom on ADSL (Total Telecom).
(Guardian) Media groups have renewed their attack on the BBC's online activities, which they say are distorting the market for commercial sites operating in areas such as motoring, sport and pop music. The British internet publishers alliance - formed to protect the internet interests of media groups including Trinity Mirror, News International, Associated Newspapers and the Guardian Media Group - has written to the BBC chairman, Gavyn Davies, to complain that the BBC's online operations are crowding competitors out of the market. see also UK - BBC promises overhaul of governors (Guardian), UK - Ministers may vet BBC's youth TV output (Guardian) and UK - BBC: Davies steps out of the shadows (FT).
(Newsbytes) U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft defended a plan that would give the Justice Department sole merger review authority over media, telecommunications and entertainment industry mergers, while taking it away from the Federal Trade Commission.
(Newsbytes) The Federal Trade Commission has approved five more Internet service providers to use AOL Time Warner's cable systems, as part of the media giant's fulfillment of regulatory conditions related to the AOL-Time Warner merger.
(Newsbytes) The U.S. Justice Department and Microsoft announced important changes to their antitrust settlement in response to criticism that the deal was riddled with legal loopholes. The most significant change came from the deletion of a clause that critics said would allow Microsoft to gain access to the patented technologies of rival software makers without compensating them. see also Judge Sets Schedule For Microsoft Hearings, Microsoft Seeks To Throw Out Sanctions, Media Win Access To Video Depositions In Microsoft Case.
(Guardian) One of Europe's most controversial investigative journalists has fallen foul of Belgian officials who have issued an international arrest warrant against him alleging theft of sensitive pre-trial documents. A Brussels judge claims that Jean Nicolas, a Luxembourgeois, stole a 1,300-page dossier on the paedophile Marc Dutroux, which was drawn up by an investigating magistrate in preparation for a future trial. Nicolas is offering the offending dossier on his website for the price of €30.
(Europa Press) Un juzgado de Barcelona ha condenado a un año y medio de cárcel a un joven de 24 años conocido como 'Tío Willy' por difundir pornografía infantil en Internet a través de una cuenta de correo electrónico de la Conselleria de Agricultura de la Generalitat. El tribunal le ha condenado por un delito relativo a la prostitución y a la corrupción de menores.
(Heise) Im Kampf gegen Kinderpornografie hat die kanadische Regierung eine nicht unproblematische Gesetzesnovellierung vorgeschlagen, die inzwischen das Parlament passiert hat und nur noch eine dritte Lesung im Senat benötigt, um wirksam zu werden. Nach den Veränderungen des Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2001 würde es auch für Privatpersonen und Organisationen heikel werden, Kinderpornografie im Netz aufzuspüren und diese den Behörden zu melden. Nicht nur der Besitz, die Übertragung im Internet und das Produzieren von kinderpornografischem Material wird dann strafbar sein, sondern auch das Aufspüren verdächtiger Sites und das Weiterleiten von entsprechenden Hinweisen an die Sicherheitsbehörden. Verboten -- und mit einer Strafe bis zu fünf Jahren belegt -- ist auch der Zugriff auf Websites, wenn der Internetbenutzer "weiß", dass er über diesen Zugriff Kinderpornografie sehen wird.
(Guardian) The Swedish National Criminal Intelligence Service has a library of 300,000 hardcore child pornography images seized from computers and websites around the world. The library started life during Project Cathedral, a 1998 joint effort between 12 countries to tackle internet child pornography, and has been growing since.
(ZDNet UK) London police are fighting back against mobile phone thieves by using ultraviolet marker pens to label thousands of handsets. Police officers are also urging mobile users to record their IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) numbers. Each phone has a unique IMEI number, and mobile operators can use this information to prevent a stolen handset working on their networks.
(Times Educational Supplement) A head teacher who permanently excluded a pupil for allegedly setting up a pornographic website has won the backing of governors at his school.
(BBC) The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) says in its 2001 report that illegal drugs are being sold over the internet, often with the aid of private chat rooms protected from law enforcers. Drug dealers using the internet are often evading capture because of the failure by some countries to adopt laws on cyber crime, the report says.
(AP) A leader of an Internet piracy group that authorities say was responsible for billions of dollars in lost sales pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit copyright infringement. see the Plea Agreement US v. Sankus (PDF).
(Newsbytes) As part of its ongoing crusade to purge the Internet of fraudulent Sept. 11 profiteers, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday it had settled a claim against a Web site that marketed its "colloidal silver" product as a cure for anthrax.
(DCITA Press Release) The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts released for public comment draft regulations and an accompanying explanatory statement in relation to telephone sex services. The proposed regulations will address concerns about the increasing supply of telephone sex services by overseas based providers, without appropriate restrictions to prevent access by children. The proposed regulations will require all telephone sex service providers to be registered with the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA). See Australian IT report.
(Straits Times) Beijing has issued a new set of guidelines to rein in the country's media, including ordering a stop to the indiscriminate selection and sensational presentation of news from the Internet. The guidelines also ban reports - regardless of how objective they might be - that could potentially jeopardise the stability of the country, such as arousing unrest among the people.
(Newsbytes) The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) asked a California appeals court to overturn a lower court's ruling that a drug company shareholder who posted critical comments about the company on an online message board was not protected under a California law aimed at halting malicious prosecutions. see also Online Company-Flamers: Beware (Wired).
(dpa) Das Saarland erhält als erstes Bundesland ein einheitliches Mediengesetz für Presse, Rundfunk, Fernsehen und elektronische Medien. Es sieht mehr Selbstkontrolle und Selbstregulierung der Medien vor. Das Gegendarstellungsrecht bleibt unverändert.
(New York Times) Michael D. Eisner, chairman of the Walt Disney Company, told a sympathetic Senate Commerce Committee that only the threat of government intervention would spur the technology industry to take the necessary steps to prevent illicit copying of digital movies. see also Entertainment, Tech Executives Square Off Over Piracy, Music Fans Hear Grammys Night Anti-Piracy Screed, RIAA Blames Digital Music Pirates For Bad Year, File-Sharing Could Mean Revenue For Everyone - Kazaa , Some Cheer, Others Fear Net-Radio Royalty Plan, Latest Napster Ruling Turns Tables On Record Labels and Music-For-Money Hits Sour Note With Online Fans - Survey (Newsbytes).
(New York Times) The Electronic Frontier Foundation and several law schools have created a searchable cease-and-desist database chillingeffects.org to inform Web publishers of their rights.
(Pressemitteilung) Der Hamburgische Datenschutzbeauftragte stellt seinen Zweijahresbericht vor, der unter dem Eindruck des 11. September 2001 steht. Im Schwerpunktthema werden die Ortungstechniken, die Videoüberwachung, die Biometrie und die Genom-Kontrolle dargestellt.
(New York Times) The competing agendas of those interested in finding personal information on Web address owners have lined up various interest groups set to do battle over the Whois database. Anyone who registers a Web domain name must provide a name, mailing address, e-mail address and phone number. But everyone may not realize that this information is made available to the public in a searchable database.
(Newsbytes) Subscribers to The Industry Standard haven't received the magazine since it shut down last August. But they could be getting junk e-mail and other solicitations as a result of their subscription for years to come, thanks to AOL's Time unit. Time has apparently begun renting the magazine's subscriber list, which it reportedly picked up at a bankruptcy auction.
(Wired) The Internet's governing body has suddenly been thrown into more turmoil than in any previous time of its four-year history. see also ICANN President Recommends a Roadmap for Reform (Press Release), proposal by ICANN President Stuart Lynn, ICANN President Proposes Radical Changes to Net Management Body (CDT), ICANN President Defends Proposed Reforms (Newsbytes).
(RAPID) The European Commission welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament, in its second reading, of its Recommendation on the draft Regulation to implement the '.eu' Internet top-level domain, allowing European citizens, organisations and businesses to have '.eu' web-site and e-mail addresses. The '.eu' Regulation is expected to be adopted very soon at a forthcoming Council of Ministers meeting. see also Mr Liikanen's Comments on .eu.
(RAPID) With the opening of the Convention, Internet access to all the information concerning the debate on the future of Europe now includes the Convention's website itself, with all the official Convention documents and the Forum website, which will be the repository for all contributions from European and national organisations to the work of the Convention. These two sites are in addition to the existing arrangements, the general debate portal: the Futurum site, which provides access to all public and non-governmental initiatives and the European Parliament's dedicated site on the future of the EU.
(Transfert) Michel Sapin, ministre de la fonction publique, a présenté le rapport "données personnelles et administration électronique", commandé dans le cadre de la phase 2 de son plan de modernisation de l'administration. voir: Livre blanc sur l'administration électronique et la protection des données personnelles 26 février 2002 - (Version DOC : 318 Ko - Version PDF : 847 Ko)
(Reuters) The U.S. government got an online facelift as Vice President Dick Cheney unveiled an updated government Web site that encourages citizens to do everything from pay taxes to book campgrounds over the Internet. The redesigned site ropes together 35 million federal Web pages, along with state and local government sites, to provide an array of services and information.
(Ananova) Virgin Mobile is launching a safety guide to help text messagers avoid hand and finger injuries. Its 'How to Practice Safe Text' campaign has been developed with the help of medical experts. Tips include doing regular 'textercises', such as shoulder shrugs, finger spreads and neck muscle stretches.
(Wired) Demonstrating its understanding of communications in the new millennium, the Vatican set out its "Catholic view of the Internet" in an effort to bring "moral wisdom" to what it considers a "marvelous technological instrument" in a document called Ethics in Internet. see also The Church and the Internet (Pontifical Council for Social Communications).
(Reuters) Dominant fixed-line operator BT Group will slash monthly wholesale prices for fast Internet access. BT plans to have one million broadband connections running over its network by the middle of 2003, which would help pull the UK off the bottom of the broadband table among the Group of Seven wealthy nations. BT joins battle for fast internet customers (FT) The battle for Britain's broadband consumers began in earnest when BT's announcement of sharp wholesale price cuts prompted its cable operator rivals to offer even faster internet access and Cable companies push ahead with broadband (FT).
(E-Commerce News) Few things sell quite like sex, but the sales strategy of some online porn purveyors is getting under the skin of e-mail users. Their complaint: pornographic spam, that particularly vexing form of junk e-mail that is increasingly infecting computers.
(Reuters) A French criminal court will try Internet giant Yahoo and its former chief executive for allegedly condoning war crimes by allowing the sale of Nazi memorabilia on Yahoo sites. La justice rattrape Yahoo ! (transfert) Tim Koogle, l´ex-président de Yahoo peut être poursuivi par la justice française. Le tribunal correctionnel de Paris s´est déclaré compétent à le juger, en rejetant les exceptions d'incompétence ratione loci et de la prescription. voir Affaire Yahoo! (Forum des droits sur l'internet). Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris, 17ème chambre et Le PDG de Yahoo! sera jugé personnellement par un juge correctionnel français (droit-technologie.org).
(Heise) Eine Initiative von Journalisten und Mediendesignern sammelt Unterschriften gegen die umstrittenen Sperrungsverfügungen der Bezirksregierung Düsseldorf. siehe auch Provider im Paragrafendschungel.
(FT) Mario Monti, the European competition commissioner, pledged to root out anti-competitive practices by telecommunications operators across Europe over the next few months. see also EC to clamp down on mobile roaming charges (ZDNet UK) and Competition and the consumer: What are the aims of European Competition Policy? Prof. Mario Monti, European Commissioner for Competition Policy, European Competition Day, Madrid, 26 February 2002.
(Christian Science Monitor) Children and early teens who see R-rated movies are much more likely to smoke and drink than those who don't, says Relation between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol in the medical journal Effective Clinical Practice. The Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University in New York found 31 percent of high school students binge drink at least once a month. It blamed the entertainment industry for glamorizing alcohol use while rarely showing its ill effects. The report urges legislators to ban all alcohol ads, including beer ads, from television.
(Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité) Paris, 20 mars 2002. Durant cette journée, les pouvoirs publics, les représentants des associations concernées et des experts débattront et échangeront sur les enjeux et les risques de l'entrée de l'Internet dans la cellule familiale. Thèmes de la journée: Internet pour éduquer, Un Internet plus sûr, Un Internet utile, Internet pour tous.
(Newsbytes) The federal body that regulates exports has fined San Diego firm Neopoint Inc. $95,000 for exporting strong encryption software to Korean companies without the necessary government approval.
(MSNBC) A computer security researcher accessed internal New York Times computer networks this week through the Internet and managed to view hundreds of sensitive Times files. Among them: a database of 3,000 Times contributors.
(RAPID) Access to the last mile of telephone lines into European homes or, as specialists say, the unbundling of the local loop (ULL), which is essential to develop competition for the benefit of consumers and put broadband Internet within the reach of citizens, has so far been very unsatisfactory, shows a study by law firm Squire, Sanders and Dempsey. see main document - overall report (PDF - 792 KB) and annex (PDF - 1003 KB).
(Reuters) Spanish telecoms regulator CMT is investigating dominant operator Telefonica for allegedly not complying with regulations allowing callers to preselect the phone company of their choice.
(New York Times) Two weeks after the House of Representatives approved legislation to limit the influence of money in politics, the House is expected to approve a telecommunications bill that is largely shaped by the huge campaign contributions it has generated. see also House Passes Tauzin-Dingell Telecom Deregulation Bill, House OKs Violations Amendment To Tauzin-Dingell Bill and Senate Leader Contemplates Tauzin-Dingell Compromise and Competing Telcos Gaining Market Share - FCC (Newsbytes).
(HBSWK) Is TiVo the model for television of the future? Is it Moxi Digital? What do consumers want—and who is best positioned to deliver it to them? A panel of entertainment experts at Cyberposium 2002 tuned in to some answers.
(New York Times) The universe of Weblogs has grown more quickly, with media analysts praising "blogs," as the sites are known, for bringing a new type of expression to the Internet.
(RAPID) The promotion of open, flexible and interoperable Digital Rights Management Systems (DRMS) is the subject of a workshop organised by the European Commission in Brussels on 28th February. See also Towards a consensus on Digital Rights Management Systems Mr Erkki Liikanen, Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society,
(Europemedia) Two German public broadcasters are complaining about being excluded from the country’s web audience rating system because they don’t put advertisements on their websites.
(Guardian) Porn websites are making millions. Now mainstream dot.coms are asking them for advice.
(Newsbytes) One of the unsecured Ameritech Web sites contained an alphabetical hyperlinked listing of dial-up users. Each individual account, when clicked on, automatically created a dial-up networking account on the visitor's computer, complete with the username, password and appropriate dial-up phone number for the subscriber's region.
(CNET News.com) World Wide Web Consortium has retreated from a proposal that would have allowed companies to claim patent rights and demand royalties for technologies used in its standards.
(Newsbytes) The goal of most Web sites is to get visitors to stay for as long as possible. According to a new study by Internet measurement company Nielsen//NetRatings, finance and investment sites are the "stickiest" on the Web.
(CNET News.com) A glitch this week that locked millions of people out of the most popular file-trading network since Napster's fall is raising new questions about the future of the Net's free-music bonanza.
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