(Newsbytes) The U.S. Customs Service served almost 40 search warrants on suspected Internet child-pornography fencers, including a registered nurse and a U.S. military pilot. The agency's action follows a sting by the FBI on suspected online child-porn purveyors and customers as part of its "Candyman" operation, which netted clergy members, police officers, business-people and other "established members of the community." see also see also 90 Are Arrested in Inquiry Into Internet Child-Sex Ring (New York Times) .
(Australian IT) A proposal to establish a database to monitor child pornography on the internet is getting a mixed reaction from authorities. The idea was raised last year by a working party into child pornography on the web was set up by the nation's highest-ranked police and law enforcement public servants, the Senior Officers' Group.
(Reuters) Global law enforcement cannot cope with savvy cyber criminals, who are quick to exploit technology to create havoc, top officials at the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said.
(Euractiv) Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft and Professor Jos Dumortier, Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre of Law and Information Technology, University of Leuven addressed a European Policy Centre lunchtime briefing on the battle against cybercrime.
(Reuters) Google restored a Web site critical of the Church of Scientology on its Internet search engine while free speech advocates slammed the company for removing the site in the first place.
(FT) With only six weeks to go until the government publishes a sweeping shake-up of media laws, Rupert Murdoch has been making his presence felt in Westminster. A favoured option being pored over by ministers and officials would clear the way for big television and radio mergers, but would limit newspaper expansion into broadcasting.
(Wired) Frustrated by a government that either can't or won't address epidemic levels of commercial piracy, a broad coalition of Brazilian industry created an advertising campaign it hopes will appeal to Brazilians' sense of fair play and economic self-interest.
(Economist) The file-swapping of recorded music on the Internet has already sent the music industry into a spin. Now it is Hollywood's turn to take fright. At its peak in February 2001, 2.8 billion music files were downloaded each month through Napster alone. The sharing of files containing pirated movies may still be in its infancy, but 300,000-500,000 feature films are already being downloaded daily, according to Viant, a consultancy.
(Newsbytes) Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Hollings, introduced a controversial bill that would require the entertainment, electronics and high-tech industries to craft standards for protecting digital content against piracy. The "Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act" would give the content, electronics and high-tech sectors one year to devise standards that could be used in all digital media devices to prevent unauthorized copying of music or movies
(Newsbytes) Some users of the popular Morpheus music sharing program are angry over a browser extension program distributed with the latest preview version of the software. The program, developed by Wurld Media and included with the Morpheus Preview Edition, silently intercepts certain addresses typed by Morpheus users into Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) browser before redirecting them to their final destination, Newsbytes has confirmed.
(Reuters) Karl Auerbach, a director of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, filed suit in Los Angeles to gain access to travel records, payroll figures and other day-to-day details of the organization. Staff members have sought to get Auerbach to sign a confidentiality agreement before viewing the records, a move he has resisted. see also Auerbach interview (Salon) and ICANN's director inspection policy.
(Newsbytes) An arbitrator has found that Heidelberg's city council failed to show it controlled any trademark rights to the municipality's name, meaning that the city had no standing to take the domain Heidelberg.net from its U.S. holder, even though a German court issued an order last year demanding that he relinquish the address.
(Newsbytes) The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee today unanimously approved legislation designed to improve the management of federal e-government services. The committee passed the "E-Government Act of 2001" that seeks to make the federal government's online resources more efficient and less costly.
(Newsbytes) The Bush administration has ordered federal agencies to reexamine the availability of information on their Web sites that could be used by terrorists, sparking concerns from some civil liberties advocates who say the move could portend an erosion of government openness online.
(BBC) Internet gamblers may be more likely to have a serious gambling problem than other gamblers, say researchers. It is thought that the web may attract people who are trying to hide their gambling addiction. The study warns that the explosive growth of the internet will lead to more on-line betting opportunities - and thus increase the risk of more people suffering from the health and emotional difficulties associated with compulsive gambling.
(ABC News) Addiction or Compulsion? Experts Debate Why People Spend Too Much Time Online
(Total Telecom) The European Commission has been told to draw up an eEurope 2005 Action Plan for the next heads of government meeting, set for June 2002 in Seville, Spain. EU leaders, meeting at their weekend summit in Barcelona, agreed that the plan should focus on telecoms security, the roll out of a new Ipv6 Internet protocol and on achieving the "widespread availability and use of broadband networks by 2005." They also told the EC to present an "analysis of the remaining barriers to widespread access" to a number of electronic information services, especially third generation mobile systems and open-platform digital television. Meanwhile, the EU's ambitious Galileo satellite navigation project was strongly backed by government leaders and a decision to go ahead is now fairly certain to be taken by the EU Council of Ministers (transport) on 26 March.
(Droit et Nouvelles Technologies) par Élise Debiès. À l’évidence, le débat suscité par le projet de loi sur la Société de l’Information voté par le gouvernement Espagnol le 8 Février ne s’est pas focalisé sur le commerce électronique, objet de la directive à l’origine de cette loi, mais sur le fait de savoir si les web à contenu informatif ou d’opinion vont tomber sous son joug.
(Newsbytes) New Zealand telecommunications network operators and Internet service providers will be legally obligated to install a system that will allow police or the secret service to eavesdrop on phone calls or e-mail messages, the New Zealand government has confirmed.
(AP) Internet service providers with customers in Pennsylvania will be legally responsible for blocking access to child pornography under a new act. Prosecutors would, after obtaining a court order, give ISPs a list of Web sites and other items to block. see also Experts Doubt Pennsylvania Kiddie Porn Law Will Work (Newsbytes).
(Heise) Die Initiative Zusammen gegen Rechts im Internet (ZgR) hat nach eigenen Angaben im vergangenen Jahr die Sperrung von 249 deutschsprachigen rechtsextremen Internet-Adressen erwirkt.
(CNET News.com) see also Anti-hate group updates Web filter
(ICRA Press Release) ICRAfilter marks a significant development in international efforts towards empowering parents to protect their children on the Internet without infringing on content providers' freedom of expression. ICRAfilter is the second phase of the Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA) global labelling system. The initial phase was the creation of the first truly international syntax to describe content on the Internet. Content providers can voluntarily and objectively label their own sites by completing a questionnaire which generates a descriptive html tag or label following the PICS standard. ICRA's new filtering tool 'reads' the labels ensuring that parents world-wide will now be able to filter content according to their values and what they feel is appropriate for their own children. see also New web controls to protect children (BBC) and New internet filtering software released (Guardian).
(ZDNet Australia) The Internet Industry Association's (IIA) is asking its members to commit to a revised version of the industry's online content regulation code that will remove their discretion to set prices for content filtering software.
(Ministère délégué à la famille) En partenariat avec l'INC (Institut National de la Consommation), douze logiciels de contrôle parental ont été testé. Les résultats de cette étude fournissent aux parents choisissant cette solution technique, une information la plus objective possible sur l'efficacité et la commodité d'emploi de ces logiciels.
(AFP) A la fin du mois de mars, les parents pourront télécharger un logiciel de contrôle parental gratuit sur le site du ministère délégué à la Famille. La ministre, Ségolène Royal, devait annoncer cette mesure, en ouvrant Les rencontres du Net: Internet, jeunes et familles, organisées en préambule de la 5ème Fête de l'internet (22 au 24 mars). Entretien avec Ségolène Royal ministre déléguée à la famille, à l'enfance et aux personnes handicapées (Le Monde).
(Reuters) Un organisme de protection des enfants sur internet a présenté un filtre informatique empêchant l'accès aux sites à caractère insidieux ou incitant entre autres à l'usage des drogues et à la haine raciale. L'Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA) mis en place le premier système de classification à grande échelle basé sur une déclaration volontaire des sites concernés. voir aussi Icra Filter : le chaperon du Net (Vnunet.fr)
(CNET News.com) The Anti-Defamation League has updated its Web filter with free software in an effort to combat sites that the group claims promote hate. With the ADL HateFilter 2.0, the league has dropped software provider Cyber Patrol and turned to technology from the Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA), an international nonprofit group composed of industry leaders such as Microsoft, AOL Time Warner, IBM and VeriSign. The ICRA is not charging the ADL for the new technology; previously, the filter cost $29.95 a year. Like the previous version, the new software lets people block access to a list of sites that the group says espouse hatred, including those run by neo-Nazis, white supremacists and Holocaust deniers. The new filter lets people add to the list pornographic, violent and other online content that parents or other organizations consider unsuitable for children.
(Wired) Wasting time on the Internet -- perhaps the favorite pastime of corporate America -- is increasingly coming under assault. In the interests of creating a more efficient workplace (or simply preventing employees from spending the day looking online for better jobs), Internet filtering firms say that a growing number of companies have begun restricting access to non-work-related websites.
(Marketing Weekly - registration required) Visa has turned to an online brand protection company to prevent the use of its services by illegal pornography websites. The company is working with an unnamed US specialist with links to UK-based IBNet. IBNet uses a mixture of software and manpower to scan the Internet for key words and phrases. When it spots offending material, it reports it to the client. Visa is believed to be particularly uncomfortable about the use of its service by some of the so-called "Lolita" websites, which feature under-age sex.
(NewsFactor) The enticements of pornography, free software and security - otherwise known as "social engineering" - that have been common among e-mail-borne computer viruses now have spread to instant messaging (IM) and Internet Relay Chat (IRC), according to CERT, a federally funded security center based at the Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University.
(RAPID) As part of its efforts to push for greater competition in broadband access, the European Commission has decided to open infringement proceedings against Germany, France, Ireland, the Netherlands and Portugal in relation to the Regulation on Unbundling of the Local Loop. The action is being taken because of the failure to ensure that the reference offer from incumbent operators is complete and sufficiently detailed. This offer should be sufficiently unbundled to allow competitors to pay just for what they require, and must provide in particular a breakdown of costs for the sub-loop so that an operator can install equipment closer to customers' premises than the local exchange.
(CNET.com) Spam is as old as the mainstream Internet itself, but its alarming rise is challenging companies more than ever. In the past six months, the volume of junk mail sent online more than doubled, according to spam filter company Brightmail. Internet researcher Jupiter Media Metrix estimates that consumers will receive about 206 billion junk e-mailings in 2006 - an average of 1,400 per person, compared with about 700 per person this year.
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