QuickLinks 232 - 28 April 2002

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Legal and regulatory issues

   Audiovisual

  • EU - Kulturgut Film, Wirtschaftsgut Film  Expand Translate

   Competition

   Computer crime

  • EU - Commission proposal to combat attacks against information systems  Expand
  • Deutschland - Datenklau im Funknetz nicht strafbar?  Expand Translate
  • Italy - Cops Bust Child Porn Ring  Expand
  • Japan sets sights on online child porn  Expand
  • Österreich - Cybercops auf der Pirsch  Expand
  • UK - Indecent net pictures  Expand
  • UK - More cybercrime laws will be counter-productive, says thinktank  Expand
  • UK - Paedophile net raids across country  Expand
  • UK - Plumber gets life for pornographic act  Expand
  • UK - Security systems help internet paedophiles hide abuse  Expand

   Consumer protection

  • USA - FTC shuts down spam scam  Expand
  • USA - Penalty Upheld For Man Who Scammed Ebay Bidders  Expand Translate

   Content regulation

   Convergence of telecommunications, media and information technology

   Copyright, trademarks and patents

  • USA - Feuding Industries Reach DTV Piracy Accord  Expand

   Data Protection (privacy)

  • Deutschland - Datenschützer will Stasikartei aus dem Internet entfernen  Expand Translate
  • EU - CEN delivers report on data protection  Expand
  • USA - Etch-A-Sketch Maker Draws FTC's Ire  Expand
  • USA - FTC Extends Kids' Privacy 'Sliding Scale'  Expand
  • USA - Senators Urge Companies To Relax Their Privacy Bill Protests  Expand
  • W3C - Web consortium backs P3P privacy standard  Expand

   Digital divide

  • Developing countries - E-readiness Assessment  Expand
  • Mexico - Fears About Microsoft Return  Expand

   Domain names

  • ENUM - Listing again  Expand
  • ICANN Seeks Out Dot-Org Operator  Expand
  • Research - 4525 different domains that lead to a single porn site  Expand

   e-Government

  • Ausländische E-Government-Strategien und ihre institutionellen Rahmenbedingungen  Expand Translate
  • Consultant's viewpoint on e-government  Expand
  • Deutschland - Koalitionsfraktionen machen Druck für Informationsfreiheitsgesetz  Expand Translate
  • EU - Company law: expert group launches online consultation on possible reforms  Expand
  • France - Site internet public de l'accès au droit  Expand Translate
  • UK - Britons 'do not want e-government'  Expand
  • UK - Government on the Web II  Expand

   e-Learning

  • EU - European Commission to encourage public-private partnerships in education  Expand
  • France - Label «école de l'internet»  Expand Translate

   Electronic commerce

  • Deutschland - Unterschriftenaktion gegen Internetapotheken  Expand Translate
  • USA - Courts OKs Seizure Of Net Gambling Cash Destined For U.K.  Expand

   Information society and Internet policy

  • ILPF Conference 2002  Expand

   Internet access and use

   Junk mail (spam)

   Liability, jurisdiction and applicable law

  • Netherlands / Germany - ISP forced to pull 'sabotage' site  Expand
  • Deutschland - Providerverband legt Protest gegen Website-Sperrungen ein  Expand Translate
  • España - El PP enmienda la ley de Internet para que sólo los jueces puedan cerrar 'webs  Expand Translate
  • Niederlanden / Deutschland - Deutsche Bahn gewinnt gegen Provider der Zeitschrift "Radikal"  Expand Translate
  • USA - EBay's Risky Bid  Expand
  • USA - Google Runs Into Copyright Dispute  Expand

   Protection of minors

  • UK - Youngsters targeted by digital bullies  Expand

   Racism and xenophobia

  • Deutschland - Betreiber rechtsextremistischer Homepage in spektakulärer Aktion festgenommen  Expand Translate
  • France - Dix-huit mois de prison pour propos racistes tenus sur des forums de discussion  Expand Translate
  • Norway - Man Imprisoned Over Online Hate Speech  Expand

   Rating and filtering

  • EU - Council Resolution on video games  Expand

   Security and encryption

  • Argentina - Hacking 'legal'  Expand

   Self-regulation / codes of conduct

  • EU - EP states self-regulation is best for audiovisual industries  Expand
  • France - Règlement des litiges et administration électronique  Expand Translate

   Telecommunications

  • EU - Commission asks for comments on overall report on local loop unbundling  Expand
  • EU - Electronic communications package published  Expand
    • Decision No 676/2002/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 March 2002 on a regulatory framework for radio spectrum policy in the European Community (Radio Spectrum Decision)
    • Directive 2002/19/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 March 2002 on access to, and interconnection of, electronic communications networks and associated facilities (Access Directive)
    • Directive 2002/20/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 March 2002 on the authorisation of electronic communications networks and services (Authorisation Directive)
    • Directive 2002/21/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 March 2002 on a common regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services (Framework Directive)
    • Directive 2002/22/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 March 2002 on universal service and users' rights relating to electronic communications networks and services (Universal Service Directive)

Market & Technology

   Cable and satellite

  • UK - Lift-off for low-cost satellite broadband  Expand

   Employment and social issues

  • UK - Net cited as marriage wrecker  Expand

   Internet access and use

  • UK - Britons dash for broadband  Expand
  • UK - BT's broadband domination plan  Expand

   Market

  • UK - ITV Digital faces final whistle  Expand
  • USA - AOL struggles with broadband plan  Expand
  • USA - VeriSign Lays Off 350; Posts Loss  Expand

   Mobile and wireless

  • Can multimedia messaging live up to the mobile industry's hype?  Expand
  • Microsoft, Symbian Sharpen Blades in Cellphone War  Expand

   Security and encryption

  • Hotmail at Risk to Cookie Thieves  Expand
  • Keeping e-mail encryption alive  Expand

   Statistics

  • Children get impatient on the net  Expand
  • France - Commerce électronique  Expand Translate
  • Global - Egovernment getting better  Expand
  • Religion proves a draw on net  Expand
  • Surfers Flock to Parenting and Family Web Sites  Expand
  • UK - Tedious TV turns off viewers  Expand
  • UK - Texting improves sex life  Expand

   Technology

  • Hackers turn tables on file-swapping firms  Expand

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