(RAPID) was kann die Europäische Gemeinschaft für den europäischen Film tun? Viviane Reding Mitglied der Europäischen Kommission, verantwortlich für Bildung und Kultur, CINEROPA Berlin, 19 April 2002
(Washington Post) A controlled, polite and more mature chairman of the Microsoft was animated and unequivocal as he told the judge that provisions sought by a coalition of state prosecutors to rectify Microsoft's illegal conduct would lead to its ruin. see also Gates: Leave My Windows Alone, Gates Testifies, Melinda Watches (AP), Written testimony .
(RAPID) The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Council Framework Decision on attacks against information systems COM (2002) 173(01). It addresses the new most significant forms of criminal activity against information systems, such as hacking, viruses and denial of service attacks. This Framework Decision seeks to approximate criminal law across the EU to ensure that Europe's law enforcement and judicial authorities can take action against this new form of crime. It also aims to encourage and promote information security. see Attacks against information systems Mr Erkki Liikanen, Commissioner for Enterprise and the Information Society and Proposal for a framework decision on attacks against information systems António Vitorino, Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs.
(Universität Bonn) Praktisch sind sie schon: Drahtlose Netzwerke ermöglichen die Rechner-Kommunikation per Funk, ohne lästige Kabel und unabhängig von einem festen Standort. Riskant sind sie auch: Ein ungebetener Lauscher kann die Datenübertragung per Funk viel leichter abhören als bei einem herkömmlichen Netzwerk. Viele Nutzer verzichten zudem sogar auf simpelste Sicherheitsmaßnahmen, zeigt eine Studie von zwei Juristen und einem Informatiker der Universität Bonn, die in der aktuellen Ausgabe der Zeitschrift "Datenschutz und Datensicherheit" (DuD 4/2002 S. 226 ff.) veröffentlicht wurde.
(AP) Italian police investigating an Internet child pornography ring have seized thousands of videotapes and computer disks in raids across the country.
(BBC) Japan is planning to tighten the laws on child pornography on the internet. The government was hoping to put forward legislation to criminalise the transmission of such material online in time for the next ordinary session of parliament in January, said an official. Although it is illegal to sell or distribute child pornography in Japan, there are no laws to stop individuals who show pornographic images of children on their websites. The proposed measures are intended to bring Japan into line with other nations in order to ratify a Council of Europe treaty on cyber-crime that it signed last year.
(Heise) Die Zahl der Fälle von Computer- und Internet-Kriminalität ist auch in Österreich stark angestiegen. Seit 1. August 1999 bestehe im Innenministerium die Zentralstelle zur Bekämpfung der Internetkriminalität. In dieser Einheit arbeiteten derzeit neun speziell ausgebildete Kriminalisten. Die Zahl der Hinweise an die Meldestelle für Kinderpornografie im Internet habe sich von 1700 Hinweisen (2000) um auf über 2300 im vergangenen Jahr erhöht.
(Times Law Report) R v Smith, R v Jayson. Opening attachments to e-mails and downloading images from the Internet to a computer screen were acts of making an indecent photograph, provided that the requisite intention was present. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, so stated when dismissing appeals against convictions for the offence of making an indecent pseudo-photograph of a child contrary to section 1(1) of the Protection of Children Act 1978.
(ZDNet) More laws to fight cybercrime are likely to be counter-productive, but existing laws must be urgently updated if cybercrime is to be effectively tackled, according to a leading IT thinktank. Eurim, the European Information Society Group, which counts more than 100 MPs and MEPs among its members and a similar number of industry representatives, delivered the warning in a briefing document called E-Crime - a New Opportunity for Partnership. see EURIM Briefing No 34.
(BBC) The biggest ever operation against internet paedophiles in the United Kingdom has been carried out by 34 police forces. Officers simultaneously raided 75 addresses across the country, with large amounts of computer equipment seized for examination. see also SurfControl software used by police (BBC).
(Daily Post) A plumber was jailed for life yesterday after filming himself trying to rape a baby girl. Chester Crown Court heard Contento became addicted to Internet child pornography, which the judge branded "dirty, filthy and terrible."
(Independent) A new generation of "cyber" paedophiles is using sophisticated computer security systems to hide the abuse of children, Britain's High-Tech Crime Unit has discovered.
(MSNBC) The U.S. government has shut down an e-mail scam that promised free video-game consoles but instead delivered a connection to a pornographic Web site that charged $3.99 per minute. The case is one of the most egregious examples yet of the deceptive junk e-mail known as spam, the Federal Trade Commission said. Internet users received an e-mail message telling them they had won a Sony PlayStation 2 in a promotion sponsored by Web portal Yahoo. Those who responded to the message were directed to a bogus Yahoo! page that instructed them to download a program that would allow them to claim the prize. The program connected them to a pornographic Web page that secretly charged them $3.99 per minute. see also FTC Shuts Down Multimillion-Dollar Porn Spam Scam (Newsbytes) and Spam Scam Targeted Kids and Their Parents (FTC Press Release).
(Newsbytes) Using special software to harvest the contact information of Ebay shoppers amounts to mass marketing, a U.S. appeals court had ruled in upholding hefty fines and jail time for a man who used the technique in swindling dozens of the online auction site's subscribers. The decision by a three-member panel of the Appeals Court for the 3rd Circuit supported a lower court's ruling that Frank Richard Nickens' conviction on 67 counts of wire fraud was worthy of greater penalties under federal law that takes a dimmer view of "mass-marketing" scamsters.
(Forum des droits sur l'internet) La Cour d’appel de Paris a condamné le responsable de sites pornographiques à 30 000 € d’amende pour ne pas avoir utilisé un système efficace d’interdiction d’accès aux mineurs.
(AP) A federal judge said local governments should be able to limit children's access to violent or sexually explicit video games, saying they're not constitutionally protected forms of speech.
(American Lawyer Media) The government's effort to restrict "virtual" child pornography, which only appears to depict minors, was swept aside by the U.S. Supreme Court as a First Amendment violation. Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition . The contested provisions of the Child Pornography Prevention Act of 1996 (CPPA) are overbroad and unconstitutional. Generally, pornography can be banned only if it is obscene under Miller v. California, but pornography depicting actual children can be proscribed whether or not the images are obscene because of the State’s interest in protecting the children exploited by the production process, New York v. Ferber, and in prosecuting those who promote such sexual exploitation. see also The Future of Virtual Kiddie Pr0n and Other Notes on Ashcroft v. Free Speech (LawMeme) by Ernest Miller, Implications of the Supreme Court Decision in Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition (NCMEC), Ashcroft Calls For New Laws, Resources To Fight Child Porn (Newsbytes) and Feds Ease Rules on Child Porn Charges
(Newsbytes) Free-speech advocates, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), have convinced a federal judge to hobble a Vermont law that prohibits the online transmission to children of certain sexually oriented images and text.
(Wired) A free speech advocacy group is calling for the release of three Vietnamese dissidents who were recently arrested after they criticized the communist regime on the Internet.
(European Audiovisual Observatory) by Tarlach McGonagle, Instituut voor Informatierecht (Amsterdam).
(European Audiovisual Observatory) Alexander Scheuer, Peter Strothmann, Institut für Europäisches Medienrecht. What are the Requirements of Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Concentration Regulation?
(Washtech) Entertainment and consumer electronics industry leaders have struck an agreement on standards for protecting digital TV broadcasts from piracy, industry representatives told Congress. Executives from AOL Time Warner, News Corp., and Panasonic/Matsushita Electric asked receptive House lawmakers for legislation to codify their agreement, expected to be finalized by an industry working group as early as May 17. The standards would prevent the unauthorized redistribution of digital TV programming, and would move broadcasters a step closer to meeting Congress' deadline for shifting to digital programming by 2006.
(Heise) Der Berliner Beauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit hat aufgefordert, die Stasikartei mit den Namen hauptamtlicher MfS-Mitarbeiter aus dem Netz zu entfernen. Denn die Veröffentlichung im Netz ohne Begrenzung auf einen geschlossenen Benutzerkreis sei nach dem Datenschutzgesetz vom 23.05.2001 unzulässig.
(Press Release) CEN, the European Committee for Standardization, has approved the report on Data Protection by the EU mandated Initiative for Privacy Standardization in Europe (IPSE). Based on the report’s recommendations CEN’s Information Society Standardization System (CEN/ISSS) will begin organizing its implementation, including the setting up of a CEN Workshop - an open platform involving all the stakeholders, including the public interest.
(Newsbytes) The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has extended a rule that allows children's Web sites to adjust their parental consent practices based on a federally approved "sliding scale."
(Washtech.com) Several U.S. senators warned high-tech industry leaders that their efforts to block federal privacy legislation, the Online Privacy Protection Act, could backfire as state legislators move to fill the void with their own strict and potentially conflicting Internet privacy laws. The Senate Commerce Committee heard from industry representatives and privacy advocates at a hearing to discuss legislation that would establish uniform privacy rules for companies that collect personal information via the Internet. see also Senate Considers Internet Privacy Legislation (EPIC Alert 9.08) and USA - A law to protect spyware (Salon).
(IDG) The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has given its official blessing to the Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P) 1.0 specification, despite criticism from some privacy advocates who said the standard does little to protect consumer privacy. see also Privacy Standard Moves Forward (CDT)
(bridges.org) Who is Doing What and Where. There are a number of different organizations conducting e-readiness assessments in developing countries using a variety of tools. In its Comparison of E-readiness Assessment Tools, bridges.org evaluated major assessment models in terms of topics covered, level of detail, methodology and results. This paper builds on the comparison by looking at where e-readiness assessments have been carried out, and by whom.
(New York Times) Microsoft is supplying thousands of discounted copies of its software in a deal with the Government of Mexico to help support the e-Mexico initiative. It is being criticized by legislators who fear that the deal will create a Microsoft monopoly in the country, and opponents are pushing for open-source alternatives.
(Economist) ENUM, a way of turning telephone numbers into Internet addresses by converting the numbers into domain names ending in .arpa is proving controversial.
(Washtech) The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) put out a request for proposals from organizations and companies interested in operating dot-org. see Schedule and Fee for .org Request for Proposals.
(ICANNWatch) Contributed by Ben Edelman. In casual web surfing, many Internet users have stumbled into a seemingly-innocuous domain name that oddly presented a screen full of sexually-explicit images. 4525 distinct domains that each lead to the Tina's Webcam site. These domains were previously registered by others who seem to have let the domains expire, whether through forgetfulness, confusion, or lack of interest. Complete listing & analysis.
(Hans-Bredow-Institut) Studie von Martin Eifert und Jan Ole Püschel im Rahmen der rechtswissenschaftlichen Begleitforschung zum Media@Komm-Projekt, durchgeführt im Auftrag des BMWI, Zwischenbericht (Februar 2002) (Arbeitspapiere des Hans-Bredow-Instituts Nr. 9) (PDF-Datei)
(FT) The drive to deliver government services online is now entering its critical phase. Governments are under increasing pressure not only to reach the ambitious targets for full electronic service delivery (ESD) that most of them have set themselves, but also to ensure that e-government services are effectively taken up by citizens and businesses and thus deliver their full transformational potential.
(Heise) Bei einem Treffen einer Koalitionsrunde von SPD und B90-Grüne wurde beschlossen, ein "Informationsfreiheitsgesetz, das den Namen auch verdient, noch in dieser Legislaturperiode zu verabschieden", sagte der Bundestagsabgeordnete Jörg Tauss (SPD).
(RAPID) The High Level Group of Company Law Experts set up by the European Commission has launched consultations on possible reforms to company law in Europe. The deadline for comments is 21st June 2002.
(internet.gouv.fr) Le site internet public de l'accès au droit ouvrira le 15 septembre 2002. Il sera accessible à partir de l'adresse http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr. Il comportera les services suivants, tous disponibles gratuitement: des données juridiques (la Constitution; le Journal officiel; les codes, lois et règlements; la jurisprudence du Conseil Constitutionnel, des juridictions administratives et des juridictions judiciaires), des modes de recherche adaptés aux différents usagers du service. En outre, des licences de rediffusion seront consenties sur l'ensemble des données propres au service au coût marginal de mise à disposition des données.
(BBC) A former civil servant has added his voice to recent criticisms of the UK's e-government policy, questioning whether people actually want online services. Business development officer for NextiraOne Ken D'Rosario was scathing about the government's determination to be a world leader in the delivery of electronic services.
(UK National Audit Office) Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General. The report examines progress in implementing electronic public services delivery via the Internet within UK central government over the last two years. A significant amount of taxpayers’ money is being spent in central and local government in introducing Internet-based services. It finds considerable progress since the previous report in 1999 but weaknesses in information across government on the usage of its web sites, performance indicators to measure progress and methodologies to assess the value added by e-government provision. see also UK - Whitehall failing to meet Blair's website target (Guardian).
(RAPID) In promoting the implementation of e-learning in Europe, Viviane Reding, Member of the Commission with responsibility for Education and Culture, welcomed the launch of the eLearning Industry Group. The Group, which has been established at the initiative of 15 leading companies, will assist the Commission and Member State Governments in furthering the objectives of the Commission's eLearning Action Plan. The 15 founding members of the e-learning Industry Group are : 3Com, Accenture, Apple, BT, Cisco, Digitalbrain, IBM, Intel, Line Communications, NIIT, Nokia, Online Courseware Factory, Sanoma WSOY, Sun Microsystems and Vivendi Universal Publishing.
(internet.gouv.fr) Le décret relatif à la délivrance du label "école de l'internet" est publié au Journal officiel. Ce label est destiné à faire émerger un réseau national "d'écoles de l'internet" dédié à la formation aux technologies et aux applications de l'internet dans l'ensemble des secteurs économiques.
(Heise) Deutschlands Apotheker machen mobil gegen den Versandhandel von Arzneimitteln: Seit einer Woche sammeln sie in 21.500 Apotheken Unterschriften von Kunden und Patienten, um die Einführung von Internetapotheken zu verhindern.
(Newsbytes) A federal appeals court has upheld what the U.S. government says is its right to seize revenue that was on its way to an online gambling outfit in the U.K. where the betting was entirely legal. A three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit's Court of Appeals said U.S. gambling laws could be used to wrest more than $1.3 million from an operation based on the Isle of Man because bets by American gamblers touched down at a New Jersey company that served as a relay for funds transfers by wire.
(Internet Law and Policy Forum) September 17-19, 2002, Seattle, Washington, USA.
(transfert) Dans une décision prise mardi 16 avril au matin, l´Autorité de régulation des télécommunications (ART) oblige France Télécom à baisser ses prix pour le dégroupage, et impose une nouvelle grille tarifaire, applicable dès le 2 mai 2002. Cette décision devrait permettre une plus grande concurrence sur les offres ADSL, et donc un développement de l´accès à l´ Internet haut débit. voir Dégroupage - l'Autorité modifie les conditions tarifaires et opérationnelles de l'offre de référence (Communiqué de presse)
(Washtech) Federal regulators should not count on satellite providers and phone companies to provide ample competition to cable in the high-speed Internet market if regulators approve the $72 billion merger between Comcast and AT&T's broadband unit, consumer groups warned. In a study The Failure of Intermodal Competition in Cable and Communications Markets, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the Computer & Communications Industry Association noted that satellite and digital subscriber line (DSL) Internet access providers serve largely different markets than the cable companies.
(EurActiv) During its second reading on 18 April, the EP Citizens' Rights Committee decided that users should have the right to refuse 'cookies' and that it is up to Member States to decide for opt-in or opt-out on spam. see also No unlimited storage of electronic user data (EP Notebook).
(vnunet) A Dutch court has upheld a request from German railway company Deutsche Bahn to order internet service provider XS4All to remove documents published by dissident group Radikal. The group advocates disrupting nuclear waste shipments by cutting overhead power lines on train tracks. An XS4All spokesman said that Deutsche Bahn wanted to block the home page of one of its users because it contained two 'sabotage' articles from 1996. Deutsche Bahn said that it also planned to sue search engines Google, AltaVista and Yahoo for providing links to web pages that describe railway sabotage.
(Heise) Der Streit um die von der Düsseldorfer Bezirksregierung verhängten Verfügungen gegen Internet-Provider, die den Zugang zu rechtsextremistischen Web-Sites in den USA sperren müssen, hat nun auch die nordrhein-westfälische Staatskanzlei erreicht. In einem Brief an Ministerpräsident Wolfgang Clement (SPD), beklagt der Verband der deutschen Internetwirtschaft eco "eklatante Verstöße" der Bezirksregierung gegen rechtsstaatliche Grundsätze im laufenden Verwaltungsverfahren.
(El Pais) El Grupo Popular ha recogido alguna de las críticas de la oposición a la ley de Internet (LSSI) y va a modificarla para dejar a los jueces la potestad exclusiva para cerrar webs y servidores. La redacción actual del borrador encomienda esta tarea a las 'autoridades competentes', una expresión que fue considerada 'ambigua' por los grupos de la oposición, ya que permitía que una autoridad administrativa, por ejemplo, clausurara los sistemas de servicios de la Red. see also Spain's website regulation plan: Not that bad (politechbot.com) Comments by Jose Guardia.
(Heise) Die Deutsche Bahn AG hat den niederländischen Webhoster XS4ALL dazu gezwungen, zwei deutschsprachige Anleitungen zur Sabotage des Eisenbahnbetriebs vom Netz zu nehmen. siehe auch Suchmaschinen entfernen "radikale" Links (Heise) Die deutschen Tochtergesellschaften der Suchmaschinen Google, Altavista und Yahoo folgen der Abmahnung der Deutschen Bahn, Links auf die Site der linksradikalen Zeitschrift Radikal aus dem Angebot zu nehmen.
(Corporate Counsel) The auctioneer patrols its site for fraud, but says it's not ultimately responsible for wrongdoing on eBay.com. Michael Geist says "this interesting article discusses the formation of the eBay's legal department and eBay's increasingly proactive approach to legal issues confronting the online auction site." see also eBay limits use of discussion boards (vnunet).
(New York Times) Google, the company behind the popular Web search engine, has been playing a complicated game recently that involves the Church of Scientology and a controversial copyright law. Legal experts say the episode highlights problems with the law that can make companies or individuals liable for linking to sites they do not control. And it has turned Google, whose business is built around a database of two billion Web pages, into a quiet campaigner for the freedom to link. see also Google Asked to Delist Scientology Critics (Chilling Effects Clearinghouse).
(BBC) More than one in four youngsters in the UK has been threatened via their computers or mobile phones, according to a survey. Children's charity NCH, which commissioned the research, now wants young people to be taught how to deal with 21st-Century bullying techniques.
(ZgR) In einer spektakulären Aktion eines Sondereinsatzkommandos (SEK) der Polizei wurde der Betreiber der rechtsextremistischen Homepage "Sturm 18 Cassel" in Kassel festgenommen.
(Forum des droits sur l'internet) Le Tribunal de grande instance de Paris a condamné à 18 mois d’emprisonnement avec sursis, le 26 mars 2002, l’auteur de plusieurs propos racistes publiés sur divers forums de discussion. Le prévenu avait précisé qu’il s’était, dans certains cas, borné a reproduire des messages déjà diffusés par d’autres personnes.
(AP) A Norwegian man has been sentenced to 75 days in prison for racist and anti-semitic postings on a Web site. The postings were found to violate Norway's anti-racism law. The case is the first conviction in Norway for online hate and is seen as particularly significant since the postings occurred on a site hosted in the United States.
(CELEX) Council Resolution of 1 March 2002 on the protection of consumers, in particular young people, through the labelling of certain video games and computer games according to age group.
(BBC) An Argentine judge has ruled that hacking is legal by default in the country, arguing that the law covers crimes against people, things and animals, but not cyberspace. It is the first case against computer hacking in Argentina.
(Euractiv) In a resolution adopted on 10 April, the MEPs demanded more self-regulation by the audiovisual industry to protect children from harmful online content. In their Resolution the members of the European Parliament: state children's welfare is primarily the responsibility of their legal guardians; favour self-regulation by the industry and are concerned at recent moves to block access to certain websites; call on the Member States to set up hotlines to handle complaints about illegal or harmful internet content; call for reliable filter and rating systems for digital broadcasting; urge the Commission to promote the creation of user-friendly content filter systems at affordable prices so as to support parental control.
(Forum des droits sur l'internet) Le groupe de travail sur le règlement des incidents et litiges, mis en place en septembre 2001, rend public son rapport d'étape. Vous êtes invités à commenter, enrichir et discuter ce rapport en envoyant votre contribution avant le 31 mai 2002 à l'adresse firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Europa) see main document - overall report (792 KB), annex to overall report (1003 KB).
(Official Journal) L 108 24 April 2002
(BBC) BT is offering a low-cost satellite service for those in the UK who are cut off from the broadband revolution - but questions remain about how widespread the take-up for this new service will be.
(Heise) The internet is playing a significant role in relationship break-ups in the UK, according to marriage guidance service Relate.
(BBC) The start of self-install broadband and cuts in the price of fast net access via phone lines seem to have sent Britons barmy for high-speed net services. Online stores are reporting shortages of the parts people need to set up their own fast net link, retailers are being inundated with phone calls, and websites that let people check if broadband is available in their area are being overwhelmed.
(BBC) BT has set itself ambitious targets for broadband in the UK which include selling consumers a whole internet package - with the PC thrown in as well. Crucial to this plan will be BT Broadband, its radical new model for internet access which cuts out the need for an internet service provider (ISP) and divides the internet market for the first time into a basic access model with content, such as e-mail, provided separately. This is a worldwide first and has already drawn fierce criticism from ISPs. Oftel, the telecoms watchdog, insists the service is within BT's licensing agreement and, because BT offers a wholesale version of it, is not anti-competitive. see also £27 BT internet undercuts ISPs (Guardian) and UK - ISPs fight BT over broadband plan (vnunet).
(Guardian) The last rites were read over ITV Digital yesterday when administrators to the ailing pay TV business admitted it had finally run out of cash and would be broken up unless a last-minute buyer came forward. The expected collapse is likely to trigger a £500m legal claim by the Football League, which is owed £178.5m by ITV Digital in settlement of a three-year broadcasting contract. see alos UK - ITV Digital for immediate sale (FT), Jowell defends digital plans (Guardian) The culture secretary, Tessa Jowell, has sought to play down the impact of ITV Digital's collapse, insisting that digital terrestrial TV will continue and giving no indication she expects the target date for analogue TV switch-off to change. Ms Jowell said today the demise of ITV Digital was "a failure of a company, not of a technology", in a statement to the House of Commons. see Tessa Jowell's Commons speech on ITV Digital.
(Wall Street Journal) AOL Time Warner, whose online service is struggling to hold on to customers who want high-speed Internet access, is rethinking its cornerstone strategy of promoting such broadband access nationwide. The move calls into doubt one of the main goals of the merger that brought the Internet and media colossus into existence.
(Washtech.com) Internet addressing giant VeriSign Inc. yesterday laid off 350 employees, about 10 percent of its workforce, in a restructuring move prompted in part by disappointing first-quarter financial results.
(Economist) Mobile operators are still licking their wounds after their failures with WAP, a crude form of web-browsing for mobile phones, and (so far) with third-generation (3G) services that will enable handsets to download music and video. Operators paid billions for 3G licences, but the technology is late and demand uncertain. Now the industry is rallying behind multimedia messaging services (MMS), which will make it possible to zap photos and graphics to and from handsets, just as text messages are sent in their billions already. But is this just more hype?
(Reuters) The mobile Internet has been slow to get off the ground, according to new research, but software makers are becoming ever more fanatic behind the scenes to gain support in an industry they view ready to take off.
(Wired) MSN Hotmail users, guard your cookies. A simple technique for accessing Microsoft's free e-mail service without a password is in the wild and apparently being exploited. The trick involves capturing a copy of the victim's browser cookies file. Once the perpetrator gains two key Hotmail cookies, there's no way to lock him out because at Hotmail, cookies trump even passwords.
(AP) Phil Zimmermann's invention for encrypting e-mail, Pretty Good Privacy, was so good that the government considered it munitions subject to tough export controls. Prosecutors threatened him with criminal charges when others leaked it overseas. The government ultimately backed off. But now, the company that makes the most popular version of PGP is the one pulling the plug.
(BBC) Children may be more net-savvy than their parents but they can get just as frustrated by poorly-designed websites, a new survey has found. A study by the US design think tank, the Neilsen Norman Group (NNG), observed children using a wide range of websites. It found that the bells and whistles often used on sites designed for kids do not necessarily impress.
(Ministère de l'économie) Le ministère de l'économie, des finances et de l'industrie, en partenariat avec l'IDATE et l'agence "Proposition", publie un nouveau tableau de bord sur le développement du commerce électronique en France. Une mine d'informations ...
(NUA) Canada boasts the best egovernment initiatives according to a new study conducted by Accenture. In the study, which measures how well countries are doing in moving government services online, Canada beat 22 other countries to come first. Rounding out the top 10 countries are: Singapore, the United States, Australia, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Finland, Hong Kong, Germany and Ireland. see also Study: Government sites "sophisticated" (CNET News.com). Treating citizens more like customers has helped governments around the world become "increasingly sophisticated" in their use of the Web. Consulting firm Accenture found "a growing tendency to treat citizens and businesses like customers and to introduce the techniques (of CRM) to government service delivery".
(BBC) Religious websites have experienced a surge of visitors in the past month. Internet measurement firm Jupiter Media Metrix found that sites dedicated to religion were the fastest growing in the United States during March.
(Reuters) Traffic to parenting and family Web sites jumped during the month ofMarch, as Internet surfers logged on to access articles about babynames, child development, toys and baby-care products, according toInternet audience measurement service Nielsen//NetRatings.
(Guardian) Half the UK's viewers are so bored with television they cannot remember anything about the programmes they watch, according to new research.A staggering 50% of respondents to a Henley Centre survey said they could not recall "anything memorable" about the last TV show they saw. And a third claimed they only watched television because they lacked anything better to do. There was some reassuring news for broadcasters in the Henley Centre survey - 59% of respondents singled out TV as their primary media source of trustworthy information.
(BBC) Messaging has great text appeal in the UK, especially when it comes to relationships, a survey has found. The poll, conducted by interactive TV station The Dating Channel, found that some people would rather give up chocolate and TV than lose the facility to text.
(CNET News.com) For the past several weeks, a pseudonymous programmer has been releasing versions of popular file-swapping programs online with the advertising and user-tracking features stripped out.
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