(RAPID) The European Commission has just received a report by independent experts on the development of new advertising techniques. The study, which does not necessarily reflect the Commission's views, is part of a wider evaluation of the "television without frontiers" directive that will figure in a report to be adopted by the College by the end of 2002. This evaluation report will be backed up by a work programme designed to prepare the ground for a subsequent revision of the directive. The independent study confirms the reasons that led Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner in charge of audiovisual policy, to opt for a pre-revision work programme rather than an immediate revision of the TWF directive.
(FT) Calls for a radical shake up in the way the BBC is funded are set to be rejected by ministers in a move that will see the world's largest public service broadcaster financed by the licence fee for at least another 15 years. see also Candour and caution from culture secretary.
(RAPID) The European Commission has approved the acquisition of the joint control of the German company VG Media Gesellschaft zur Verwertung der Urheber- und Leistungsschutzrechte für Medienunternehmen by the RTL Group and PROSIEBENSAT.1 Media AG. The Commission has concluded that the transaction does not pose any competition problems.
(BBC) The European Commission has decided that the funding of the BBC's nine new digital television and radio channels through the UK television licence fee does not involve state aid. This is because the new channels will be subject to public service obligations and the state financing is not disproportionate to the net costs of running the services.
(RAPID) The European Commission has granted regulatory clearance to a deal whereby Laser, a subsidiary of French retail group Galeries Lafayette, and Amadeus will acquire joint control of a joint venture which will operate as an online travel agency in France.
(BBC) Computer hard drives suspected of containing pornographic images of children are being examined by police in the Irish Republic. It follows an operation across the country on Monday when up to 100 homes were raided. It is understood the people under investigation include a judge, a solicitor, a teacher and a health board official.
(Guardian) Several media and software companies are demanding a judicial review of the BBC's plans to spend £150m of licence money on expanding its online education service over the next five years. The BBC faces a battle with a coalition of 18 software firms, which say their industry will be "decimated" if the BBC plans are approved by the government. They believe the plans go beyond the corporation's public service remit. see also Tessa Jowell seeks views on BBC application for new Digital Curriculum service (DCMS Press Release) and BBC Application for Digital Curriculum Service including PricewaterhouseCoopers' Market Assessment.
(Washington Post) The Bush administration dropped a controversial plan to change the way the government's antitrust agencies review corporate mergers and acquisitions. In face of strong opposition from a key senator, the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission wrote Senate committees that they would abandon an agreement to codify which agency should review mergers in specific industries.
(heise) In einer deutsch-österreichischen Polizeiaktion gelang es, einen Großanbieter von Kinderpornos über einen Chat-Room zu verfolgen und zu stellen. Der Verdächtige aus Wien soll tausende Bilder und Videos per Internet verschoben haben.
(Reuters) A fornire le risposte ai "mali" della Rete, primo fra tutti la pedofilia, sarà il mix tra strumenti tecnologici, conoscenza del mezzo e collaborazione tra gli operatori. E' quanto è emerso dalla conferenza "I mali di Internet, dal terrorismo alla pedofilia", svoltasi oggi a Roma e alla quale ha preso parte il ministro delle Telecomunicazioni Maurizio Gasparri.
(New Zealand Herald) A man convicted of importing more than 100,000 illegal pornographic images says he was gathering the pictures to test filtering software that would block the material. Computer specialist Bryce Coad said an error of judgment that led him to bring the electronic images across New Zealand's border would probably destroy his career in the IT industry.
(IT Asia) District Judge Wong Keen Onn has sentenced an Indonesian boy to a total of four months' jail, for gaining illegal access to a schoolgirl's Internet account with the help of a Trojan horse program.
(Bangkok Post) ECPAT International believes there must be legal reform to harmonise Thai legislation relating to child pornography on the Internet as well as making it easier to prosecute people involved. Cooperation is needed among law enforcement agencies, the commercial sector, NGOs and civil society. See also.
(BBC) A senior Catholic priest who was caught with 18,000 indecent photographs and computer images of children has been jailed for nine months. Father Michael O'Kelly, the former Dean of Reading, had pleaded guilty to a single charge of making indecent pseudo-photographs of a child between June 1997 and October 2000.
(BBC) More than 30 people suspected of buying paedophile pornography on the web have been arrested in raids across the UK.
(BBC) A volunteer youth worker who had built up a collection of 50,000 indecent photographs and images of young children has been jailed for five years.
(MSNBC) The death of 13-year-old Christina Long this week, allegedly at the hands of an Internet lover, was perhaps the first child murder directly linked to a chat room meeting. But the conditions for her murder are far more common than most parents realize, experts say. One recent study says about 1 in 10 teens admit they’ve followed through on a rendezvous with someone they first met in a chat room.
(Washtech) The U.S. House of Representatives today approved legislation that would give law enforcement new powers to eavesdrop on the telephone conversations of suspected child-sex predators. Supporters say that the "Child Sex Crimes Wiretapping Act of 2001" is needed to snare potential child molesters who search for children in Internet chat rooms.
(Washington Post) As the Internet becomes more of a destination of choice for consumers looking to book airline tickets, hotel rooms or car rentals, the government is considering whether the Web sites should be regulated and whether they are indeed offering the lowest fares.
(Australian IT) The impact of censorship legislation on ISPs has not been as bad as was once feared, according to research. A survey by Carolyn Penfold, a law lecturer at the University of NSW, suggests few ISPs have had to make serious changes as a result of the laws.
(Australian IT) The controversial internet censorship laws passed by the NSW Government could be repealed after a damning assessment by a parliamentary committee. The report says the regulatory scheme would undermine the right of adults to see and hear what they want - an essential underpinning of democratic and cultural expression.
(vnunet) Australian prisoners have been banned from playing computer games after it was feared the entertainment emulated the crimes for which they had been incarcerated.
(BBC) The internet is changing China profoundly, breaking down the stranglehold on information held by China's communist rulers. The Chinese are now the second biggest internet users in the world. Last year more than 56 million of them logged on from home, and that number is growing by 6% a month. But the Chinese state will not give up its monopoly without a fight - and using the internet to express dissent in China is still a very dangerous game to play.
(Europemedia) A new Turkish law that groups the internet under the same controls as the rest of the country’s media are facing harsh criticism from users, service providers and the European Union. see also Censoring the Internet: The Situation in Turkey (First Monday).
(ZDNet UK) The Independent Television Commission (ITC) has slammed an advertisement for Microsoft's Xbox console as "shocking", and banned the commercial from UK television.
(FindLaw) Recently, antiabortion activists have adopted a new tactic: Posting photos of women entering abortion clinics on websites. Are the "abortion cam" websites a legitimate exercise of First Amendment rights? Or are they an improper and threatening violation of privacy that puts the women depicted in danger?
(Wired) The FBI has ordered an Internet provider to cease distributing the unedited video of journalist Daniel Pearl being brutally murdered. See also FBI Agents Intimidate Publishers of Daniel Pearl Video(LawMeme)
(Reason) Lawrence Lessig on the fate of copyrights and computer networks in the digital future.
(BBC) A new pirate movie website which has opened in Iran has brought a swift denunciation from international film industry body the Motion Picture Association (MPA). The website, Film88.com, is reportedly related to Taiwan-based Movie88.com which sold access to thousands of films for $1 each, until it closed down in February - after pressure from the MPA and the Taiwanese Government
(BBC) About 10 million people have attempted to download copies illegally of blockbusters Spider-Man and the new Star Wars film, a new report estimates. And of those, the report says that between two to three million successfully finished the operation allowing them to watch the whole movie. The Copyright Crusade II report, compiled by US research company Viant, will send alarm bells ringing through the film industry as studios attempt to stave off the threat of internet piracy.
(Washington Post) The Electronic Frontier Foundation suit on behalf of five owners of ReplayTV and the entertainment industry's own suit against ReplayTV, and most other copyright conflicts, hinge on the idea of "fair use" - the concept that copyright holders' control over their work must allow exceptions for some noncommercial uses. But the fair-use rights of consumers have never been codified. EFF Newmark, et al., v. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. et al. Court Complaint. see also EFF comes down hard on Hollywood (ZDNet) and ">Sonicblue does not have to spy on its consumers.
(FindLaw) University of Washington law professor Anita Ramasastry discusses the recent phenomenon of parody websites and domain names - some of which so closely parallel the originals that they can be easily confused with them. How can one tell a true parody from a copyright and trademark-infringing site that merely causes confusion?
(RAPID) The European Parliament voted to accept a compromise on the proposed Directive for the protection of personal data and privacy in the e-communications sector. The compromise was negotiated between the Spanish Presidency, the European Commission and the European Parliament during the past month. Now that the directive is agreed by the Parliament, it will be formally adopted within a few months and will be applied by the end of 2003. See also European Parliament vote on data protection (EP), Mr Erkki Liikanen's speech at Plenary Session (RAPID) , EP plenary adopts e-communications Directive (Euractiv),
A new blow to our privacy (Guardian) and EPIC Data Retention Page
(Reuters) A committee set up by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has recommended that the group retool its internal structure and change how corporate directors are chosen, but rejected a proposal to bring governments on board. ICANN - Recommendations for the Evolution and Reform of ICANN (Committee on ICANN Evolution and Reform). see also Overhaul of Net body ahead? (CNN). International management of the Internet and ICANN reform (Consilium) .
(ICANNWatch) Single root, multiple ICANNs? That's the latest proposal from David Johnson and Susan Crawford, entitled "ICANN 3.0". (It's innovative, it's market driven, it follows the Internet fashion of skipping version numbers....)
(Washington Post) Thousands of recently registered "dot-name" domains violate regulations governing the new Web addresses, according to a study by Ben Edelman, a technology analyst for Harvard's Berkman Center For Internet & Society. see also reply from the registrar GNR.
(Newsbytes) Domain registry Afilias has signaled the start of another rush for what could be - literally - some of the hottest domain names still available within the new dot-info domain space. Approximately 17,000 second-hand domains unveiled for a form of pre-booking are apparently so attractive that their previous registrants had been willing to lie and cheat to get them when dot-info went live last year.
(Washtech.com) A congressional effort to cordon off a safe online "playground" for young children may be enjoying broad bipartisan support, but the Washington-based company that would be charged with operating that playground says the proposal is fraught with problems. See also House OKs kid-friendly Internet bill (MSNBC)
(Reuters) South Africa's parliament gave initial approval to a law designed to expand access to the Internet, but critics say it could force the network to shut down in the country. The Electronic Communication and Transactions Bill adopted by the National Assembly gives legal status to Internet communications, contracts and trades. But it also proposes to take over the administration of South African Internet domains, identified by the .za suffix in addresses, without seeking the approval of ICANN
(RAPID) The European Commission has proposed a Directive aiming to facilitate the re-use of public sector information throughout Europe. The aim is to lower the barriers which Europe's content companies face as they develop a new generation of information services and products based on public sector information. The result should decrease the gap between European companies and their counterparts in the US, where a single set of rules has helped stimulate a market several times larger than in the EU.
(LEXUM) 0ct 2, 3 et 4, 2002 Montréal, Canada. The 4th International Conference on Law via the Internet aims to bring together the diverse contributors and partakers in the process of publishing and consulting legal information on the Web. Communications must be related to the general subject of Internet based legal resources. Papers related to new practices and standards for law on the Internet will be particularly welcomed. Papers must be submitted by June 15th 2002.
(Guardian) The public is to get a formal say in the legislative process for the first time when a parliamentary committee takes evidence over the internet. The experiment is being carried out as part of the pre-legislative scrutiny of the communications bill, with the intention of ironing out flaws in the draft legislation before its formal passage through parliament. The public can participate by logging on to the committee's session at www.parliamentlive.tv today from 10.15am. Emails with comments and suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The emails will be received by a mediator working for the committee (appointed by the independent Hansard Society) who will weed out any junk emails and distill the useful contributions for the consideration of members of the committee.
(Washington Post) Setting the stage for a major review of sex offender registry laws across the country, the Supreme Court announced today that it will rule on a constitutional challenge to a state law that requires convicted sex offenders' names, addresses and photographs to be posted on the World Wide Web.
(Federal Computer Week) Efforts to build a more user-friendly FirstGov are paying off. Visitors to the redesigned government portal are giving it much higher marks than its predecessor earned.
(RAPID) Drawn up for the Seville European Council, the report adopted by the European Commission and under the responsibility of Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Education and Culture, proposes that by the end of 2006 each of the 150 000 secondary schools in the European Union concludes an Internet twinning agreement with one or more schools in other Member States, or even in third countries as part of the dialogue between cultures.
(EMF) Brussels, 25/26 June 2002. European Multimedia Forum conference
(Irish Examiner) Computer users who have unwittingly or innocently accessed illegal material have been urged to contact the special hotline operated by the Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland, which was established to counteract child pornography on the internet
(Reuters) Every school, hospital and town hall across the European Union should have a fast Internet connection by 2005 if the bloc wants to foster innovation and raise productivity, the European Commission said.
(RAPID) "Connecting Europe" in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 3-4 June 2002. A two-day conference on the progress of the eEurope action plan in the EU Candidate countries. The conference is being hosted by Minister Pavel Ganfar and Information Society Commissioner Erkki Liikanen on behalf of the Slovene Government and the European Union respectively. About 40 Ministers or Deputies representing all 13 candidate countries, several EU Member States, and the countries of South-East Europe, are expected to be among the 430 participants, who will also include delegates from the private sector and academia.
(Yahoo) La Suisse dispose à son tour d'une loi sur la surveillance du trafic internet de chaque citoyen. Entrée en vigueur en début d'année, cette législation suscite le mécontentement des fournisseurs d'accès internet (FAI) et des commissaires à la protection des données de certains cantons.
(Telepolis) Der Bundesrat hat heute den Gesetzentwurf "zur Verbesserung der Ermittlungsmaßnahmen wegen des Verdachts sexuellen Missbrauchs von Kindern" mit der Mehrheit der Union-geführten Länder angenommen. Damit wird auf Antrag von Bayern und Thüringen die bisherige Höchstspeicherfrist für Nutzungs- und Verbindungsdaten in eine Mindestspeicherfrist verwandelt. Sowohl Polizei, als auch Geheimdienste können auf die gespeicherten Daten zurückgreifen.
(BMWi) Maßnahmen der sog. strategischen Beschränkung, bei denen die Überwachung eines Teils der Telekommunikation aus oder zu bestimmten Regionen im Ausland angeordnet werden kann, und zwar ohne Personen- oder Anschlussbezug sind in der TKÜV bisher nicht berücksichtigt. Der bisherige Stand der Überlegungen ergibt sich aus dem Entwurf für eine entsprechendeVerordnung zur Ergänzung der TKÜV (Erste Verordnung zur Änderung der Telekommunikations-Überwachungsverordnung) und der zugehörigen Begründung.
(BBC) A controversial internet snooping centre to be opened in the summer by the UK Government could cause more problems than it solves, experts say. The National Technical Assistance Centre (NTAC) will decrypt computer data and intercepted internet and e-mail traffic as part of a drive against cyber-crime. see also Government e-snoop centre set to go live (vnunet).
(AP) In the seven months since the passage of a sweeping law to combat terrorism, Internet and telecommunications companies have seen a surge in law enforcement requests to snoop on subscribers.
(ZDNet) An alleged Australian spammer is suing an anti-spam advocate after being blacklisted by a spam prevention Web site, in what is believed to be a first of its kind case worldwide.
(FTC) At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. District Court has ordered the perpetrator of an Internet scheme to halt his illegal practices. The defendant employed more than 5,500 copycat Web addresses to divert surfers from their intended Internet destinations to one of his sites, and hold them captive while he pelted their screens with a barrage of adult-oriented ads.
(IDG) The German state government of North Rhine Westphalia has acknowledged difficulties in finding a software solution to filtering neo-Nazi content. The government confirmed that its efforts so far have produced no results and that it will decide within the next four weeks whether to honor complaints filed by 38 Internet service providers opposing the web site censorship.
(CNET News.com) Companies and executives that do business online and are being dragged into foreign courts for selling products or posting materials that are legal in their own countries but offend the sensibilities or violate the laws of another land. Such challenges increasingly include criminal charges.
(FDI) SA Pere-Noel.fr contre Monsieur F. M., Mademoiselle E. C. et SARL Deviant Network, Tribunal de Grande Instance de Lyon, Chambre des urgences, 28 mai 2002. Diffamation - Injures - Forum de discussion - Responsabilité des gestionnaires - Loi sur la Liberté de la presse."(...) qu'il est constant que les [responsables] ont pris l'initiative de créer un service de communication audiovisuelle en vue d'échanger des opinions sur des thèmes définis à l'avance et en l'espèce, relatifs aux difficultés rencontrées par certains consommateurs face à certaines sociétés de vente ; qu'ils ne peuvent donc pas opposer un défaut de surveillance des messages qui sont l'objet du présent litige ; qu'ils se considèrent eux-mêmes comme les concepteurs du site incriminé et doivent donc répondre des infractions qui pourraient avoir été commises sur le site qu'ils ont créé (...)."
(Guardian) In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, a retired schoolteacher has sued a former pupil for "character assassination" on the Friends Reunited website. Jim Murray, 68, was yesterday awarded £1,250 in libel damages at Lincoln county court.
(FindLaw) Can a newspaper that owns a website accessible in all fifty states, and its editors and reporters, be sued for libel in any one of those states based on an article that appears on its website? What if the newspaper has little or no circulation in a given state, and its only contact with that state is that it is Internet-accessible there? Does it matter if the article is about one of the state's residents?
(Newsbytes) Litigation in the electronic age is fundamentally different from 20, or even 10 years ago, experts say. The culprit - an exponential increase in the number of virtual "documents" stored in countless hard drives is threatening to overwhelm those who must sift through mountains of potential evidence.
(The Recorder) Yahoo - which became tangled in an international dispute over the sale of Nazi memorabilia on the company's auction site - wants its insurer to pay legal costs for the successful declaratory relief action it filed in California. Yahoo's attorneys argue that while they may have been the first to file in the United States, the suit was "purely defensive" because it sought to nullify a French order.
(Wired) The battle is not yet fierce, but the warning signs are clear. There's a new product war on the horizon, one that could make the Cola War and the Browser War look like mere playground scuffles. Call it the DVR War, the battle over which company -- TiVo or Sonicblue, the maker of the ReplayTV - will come to dominate the future of digital video recorders, and, perhaps, the future of TV.
(Heise) Aus Mangel an Bewerbern um die UMTS-Mobilfunklizenzen kann Luxemburg nur drei der vier vorgesehenen Frequenzblöcke vergeben.
(Spanish Presidency) Council Resolution
(Le Monde) Depuis le massacre d'Erfurt, Counter-Strike est au centre d'une polémique, en Allemagne, sur l'interdiction des jeux "violents", aux moins de 18 ans.
(Hiese) In der Diskussion um die Medien- und Computernutzung von Kindern hat Bundesfamilienministerin Christine Bergmann die Eltern aufgefordert, ihrer Verantwortung gerecht zu werden. Sie müssten kontrollieren, was ihre Kinder im Fernsehen sehen oder am Computer spielen. Die Entscheidung der Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Schriften, das umstrittene Computerspiel Counterstrike nicht zu indizieren, könne sie "nicht nachvollziehen".
(Frankfurter Rundschau) Medienwächter sehen Jugendschutz in Gefahr. Die Hamburgische Anstalt für neue Medien (HAM) hat die wiederholte Ausstrahlung von vier Gewalt- und Horrorfilmen durch Premiere beanstandet. Die Medienbehörde meldet zugleich erhebliche Zweifel an der Selbstkontrolle der Privatsender an.
(Financial Times Deutschland) Sachverständige haben die Bundesregierung auf einer Anhörung im Parlament gedrängt, die Neufassung der Jugendschutzgesetze nicht mehr vor den Wahlen im Herbst über das Knie zu brechen. Streitig sind vor allem geplante Änderungen beim Jugendmedienschutz.
(Telepolis) Das Branchenmagazin MCV-Online berichtet, dass Sony freiwillig auf den Deutschlandstart des PS2-Spieles Vampire Night zum 14. Juni verzichten wird. Doch Sony würde sogar noch einen Schritt weitergehen und kann sich vorstellen, dass die USK schon während einer Spielentwicklung das Storyboard begutachtet.
(Commission) Article 255 of the EC Treaty, implemented through Regulation 1049/2001, grants a right of access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents to any Union citizen and to any natural or legal person residing, or having its registered office, in a Member State. his site will guide you in the search for Commission documents.The Guide explains how to exercise your right of access. The Registers of documents will help you to identify documents. Also Organisation chart of the Directorates -general and other services of the Commission - legal acts on public access - links to websites of European Parliament and the Council - Member State rules on access.
(Ministro per l'Innovazione e le Tecnologie) Audizione del Ministro Stanca presso la Commissione Parlamentare per l'Infanzia.
(Press Release) The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has initiated a notice and comment proceeding to evaluate whether currently available Internet blocking or filtering technology measures adequately address the needs of educational institutions and to evaluate the effectiveness of children's Internet safety policies. Written comments are requested to be submitted on or before August 27, 2002.
(ABC) A United States expert has warned of a rise in the number of school and workplace massacres in years to come because video and computer games teach children to become better mass murderers than the military. David Grossman, a psychologist and former Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army, has told a seminar in Sweden the US entertainment industry is to blame for the trend.
(Wired) Call it the best of hate. The Simon Wiesenthal Center released a CD-ROM in Toronto today titled Digital Hate 2002. The disc collects more than 200 websites containing animated hate games, online enrollment for suicide bombers, and "other examples of transnational hate and promotion of terror after the 9/11 terrorist attacks."
(Wired) A controversial library filtering law is unconstitutional, a special three-judge court ruled. The Philadelphia court unanimously said that a federal law designed to encourage the use of filtering software violated library patrons' rights to access legitimate, non-pornographic websites. At the heart of the decision was one key point: Buggy software. In the most extensive courtroom analysis to date, the panel concluded that not only was current technology far too problematic, but its tendency to both overblock and underblock sites won't go away: "Filtering products' shortcomings will not be solved through a technical solution in the foreseeable future." see
Opinion and Order.
Libraries Breathe Easy After Court Ruling On Internet Filters and Judith Krug of the American Library Association (Washington Post) and ITAA Hails Internet Filter Ruling (FCW).
(eco) Zusammenfassend lässt sich feststellen, dass zwar Technologien existieren, die bei der Regulierung einer Nutzung von Internet-Inhalten hilfreich wären, die jedoch kaum in ausreichendem Maß geeignet wären, den deutschen Internet-Benutzer am Zugriff auf unerwünschte Inhalte zu hindern bzw. dafür zu sorgen, dass der Benutzer einem bestimmten Maß an wünschenswerten Inhalten ausgesetzt wird. Darüber hinaus ist eine derartige Regulierung von Inhalten für die betroffenen Telekommunikationsdiensteanbieter nicht zumutbar, da sie diesen unverhältnismäßige Kosten aufbürdet. (PDF, 154 KB)
(Forum des droits sur l'internet) Le Forum des droits sur l’internet a signé le 30 avril 2002 un accord-cadre de partenariat avec le ministère de la Jeunesse, de l’Éducation nationale et de la Recherche en vue de mener avec lui des actions de sensibilisation des élèves et des professeurs aux règles de droit, aux pratiques informelles et aux savoir-faire qui permettent un usage sûr et maîtrisé d’internet et des réseaux. Une première réunion des partenaires du projet a eu lieu jeudi 23 mai.
(Ministro per l'Innovazione e le Tecnologie) itinerari, esperienze, attese. La prima analisi europea sui comportamenti dei bambini nel web. vedere anche Safer Internet - Intervento del Ministro Stanca al convegno "Chi ha paura della rete? Per un uso consapevole di Internet".
(ZDNet) Game companies are looking to subscription fees from online players as a major source of recurring revenue in the near future, but those subscribers may not stay around if the new virtual worlds are full of the cheating and hacking that has marred previous online games. A small but fractious minority in online gaming circles, cheaters can suck the fun out of a game by introducing homemade characters with unauthorized powers, making it impossible for opponents to win or even survive. They can also quickly pollute the social atmosphere critical to many games.
(Europemedia) The Dutch government has spent some E300,000 on an emergency centre to warn private and smaller business internet users of incidents such as computer viruses, network break-ins or denial-of-service attacks.
(Cnet News.com) The best network security is only as strong as its weakest link. And often, that's your not-so-clever password
(Internet Law And Policy Forum) The Internet Law & Policy Forum is holding its annual conference on the topic of Security v. Privacy on 18-19 September 2002 in Seattle, Washington. The events of September 11th have raised the stakes on these two critical issues. Many governments have passed new legislation in efforts to increase security and stop terrorism. Many privacy advocates have criticised some of these new laws for their negative effect on privacy. This conference will explore the synergies and conflicts, both real and imagined, between these two important issues and the laws written to promote them. The conference will have a privacy track and a security track, where speakers will explore key issues and concerns in the respective areas. Some of the topics covered in these panels include: - privacy global survey;-legislative regimes and cross-cultural dimensions;
(ART) The Independent Regulators’ Group (IRG), composed of the heads of the national telecommunications regulatory agencies of nineteen European countries, held its tenth plenary meeting in Paris on 23 and 24 May, under the chairmanship of Jean-Michel Hubert, chairman of the French Autorité de régulation des télécommunications. IRG was created in 1997 as a flexible tool to approximate national regulatory practices and exchange useful experience. It has, since then, gained considerable and in-depth experience of the markets. On 24 May, a few weeks after the formal adoption of the new E.U. regulatory framework, it decided to reinforce its efficiency with improved working methods and a far-reaching work programme.
(Reuters) The trustees of bankrupt KPNQwest warned that they would be forced to shut down the telecom company's data network on Monday unless its customers pay their bills in full immediately. Under a new plan proposed by the trustees, the funds received from clients would be used to keep Europe's largest fibre-optic network running through the end of this month and, if possible, through July. see also KPNQWest Admins Keep Bankrupt Network Running (Slashdot) Some of the network administrators from KPNQWest, although they have been (apparently) ordered to shutdown the network, took over control of the KPNQWest NOC. They are trying to keep the network running and keep customers up, regardless of KPNQWest's insolvency.
(Hesie) Die Deutsche Post wird wegen der schwierigen Marktlage ihr Online-Geschäft aufgeben oder neu ordnen. Die Deutsche Post Signtrust werde aufgelöst. Dies bedeutet einen herben Rückschlag für die digitale Signatur, denn damit verschwindet eines der größten bei der Regulierungsbehörde akkreditierten Trustcenter für qualifizierte Signaturen.siehe auch Deutschland verspielt Vorsprung bei digitaler Signatur.
(BBC) Broadband take-up is increasing rapidly in Europe but it remains in the hands of a few dominant telecoms companies. According to analyst firm IDC, the rise of high-speed internet services is down to aggressive marketing campaigns from incumbent operators such as BT rather than a competitive environment.
(MSNBC) Online gaming via consoles may well revolutionize the game industry and the Internet - just don’t hold your breath.
(Reuters) Less than 10 percent of those who play video games online would be willing to pay a fee for the privilege, according to a survey, causing a potential setback to the ambitious plans for subscription services being developed by game makers.
(Guardian) TV licence fees pay for it, so is the BBC's website worth the £60m spent on it every year?
(IHT) The U.S. Army, realizing that American youth would rather play video games than do push-ups in the mud, was set to unveil games designed to appeal to a media-saturated, tech-bombarded generation.
(Guardian) Time differences could make this the web's best World Cup, with fans going online to get news, pictures and - for the first time - video clips while at work or on the move, rather than waiting for the evening's TV roundups. But the web will not be the only new media offering, and will have to compete with SMS messages to mobile phones and other news sources.
(Guardian) Internet company Yahoo will close down its unprofitable auction sites in six European countries within the next few months, and rely instead on a marketing deal with rival online auction company, Ebay.
(NAU) Non-English speakers outnumber native English speakers when it comes to using the Internet, according to new research from Global Reach. Around 59.8 percent of the total world online population are from non-English speaking zones, compared to 40.2 percent from English speaking zones.
(CNET News.com) A Norwegian educational center for cultural preservation lost the password to a historical database cataloging 11,000 original books and manuscripts, but was able to recover it with help from the Web.
(Newsbytes) Two thirds of Australia's biggest public and private organizations this year have already been victims of computer crimes. The 2002 Australian Computer Crime and Security Survey found the level of cybercrime in Australia has doubled since 1999. Sixty-seven percent of the 300 Australian organizations surveyed reported incidents of crime including fraud, data sabotage, trojan infection and laptop theft.
(NUA) Germany has the highest number of Internet users in Europe, according to the latest research from NetValue. At the end of March, there were 16.3 million Internet users in Germany, compared to 15.9 million in the UK, 11.4 million in France, and 7.8 million in Italy.
(vnunet) Si le nombre d'abonnés en ADSL et en câble progresse, la France reste toujours à la traîne par rapport à certains pays européens. Une explication possible réside dans le nombre de lignes dégroupées qui n'est que de 650 pour 8 opérateurs alternatifs contre 500 000 lignes pour France Télécom. Internet, premier bilan (Autorité de Régulation des Télécommunications)
(Unesco) According to a March 2001 survey by the Ajeeb.com Research Unit there were 3.54 million Internet users in the Arab world. This figure was expected to grow to over 5 million by the end of 2001 and more than double to between 10 and 12 million by the end of 2002.
(BBC) The UK is still one of the worst places for broadband in the world, despite falling prices for high-speed internet access. A report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development puts the UK at number 22 out of the 30 richest nations for broadband take-up. see Broadband Infrastructure Deployment: The Role Of Government Assistance (OECD).
(Newsbytes) Notwithstanding physicians' dire warnings that online health information should be closely scrutinized, most Web users simply plunge ahead and read what's online without regard to its veracity, a new Pew Internet and American Life survey finds. But that doesn't mean Americans actually use the information they find recklessly, the study indicates. Instead, many use what they learn to arm themselves with intelligent questions that they can later ask their doctors.
(Reuters) Technology buffs have cracked music publishing giant Sony Music's elaborate disc copy-protection technology with a decidedly low-tech method: scribbling around the rim of a disk with a felt-tip marker.
(Guardian) Record companies are making it impossible to play - and copy - music CDs on a PC.
(NUA) Jupiter Media Metrix: Internet users have been quick to adopt Trillian, a new instant messaging (IM) application which connects users of all the major messaging services, Yahoo, MSN, AOL and ICQ.
(Washington Post) The consumer electronics industry and Hollywood are struggling to come up with an answer to to the question of how to keep high-quality digital television broadcasts from being shared Napster-style on the Internet, but to judge from a report issued this week, there's still a long way to go.
(Berkman Center) Published and run by Harvard Law School students and alumni, Greplaw is a new community forum for news, commentary, and discussion about developments and trends in Internet law and policy.
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