QuickLinks 240 - 14 July 2002

Legal and regulatory issues

   Audiovisual

1. UK - BBC/BSkyB scoop digital licences

   Cable and satellite

2. Europe's New Air War

   Competition

3. EU - Getting competition in local access
4. EU - Commission clears merger between Telia and Sonera subject to conditions
5. EU - Commission issues market power assessment guidelines for electronic communications

   Computer crime

6. NL - Dutch ban virtual kinderporno
7. UK - Child porn doctor jailed
8. UK - Scotland - Porn case ruling prompts law call
9. US - 10 Arrested in Federal Investigation of Internet Child Pornography
10. Web child porn raids across Europe

   Consumer protection

11. UK - Getting tough with online fraudsters
12. USA - Your PC's enemy within

   Content regulation

13. DE - Provider kritisieren geänderten Mediendienste-Staatsvertrag
14. FR - Govt Considers More Limits on X-Rated Films
15. India - Censors submit to porn
16. Israel bans porn on TV
17. IT - Police block porn Web sites with Catholic imagery
18. IT - RSF proteste contre la fermeture de sites internet jugés blasphématoires

   Copyright, trademarks and patents

19. DE - BGH: Pressespiegel dürfen elektronisch verbreitet werden
20. EU - European administrations should share open source software resources
21. Tax authority to take over pirate tracing from copyright association
22. US - Judge clamps down on Gator
23. US - Studios sue defunct $1 movie site

   Data Protection (privacy)

24. BE - Arrêté royal rendant obligatoire la CCT sur la cybersurveillance des travailleurs
25. EU: Microsoft Passport Raises Privacy Issues

   Domain names

26. It's time for ICANN to go
27. S - Stockholm fears Web porn label

   e-Government

28. EU - eGovernment Observatory
29. FR - e-Gouvernement : l'administration entre le chaud et le froid

   Electronic commerce

30. DE - Stoiber will Medikamentenhandel im Internet verhindern
31. US - EBay Says No to PayPal Gambling

   Employment and social issues

32. UK - Web abuse: porn surfing heads list of sackable offences

   Hotlines

33. BE - Une @rme contre l'e-pédophilie

   Information society and Internet policy

34. 'Father of Internet' wants interplanetary Internet
35. Cyberlaw: Cybersmart or cybersilly?
36. Eavesblogging the Internet Law Program
37. EU wants focussed agenda at World Summit on Information Society
38. FR - Le Forum des droits sur l'Internet fête sa première année

   Interception

39. UK - ISPs face data interception deadline
40. UK - Privacy debacle set to be repeated

   Internet access and use

41. US - ACLU says cable could close Internet
42. US - Cable companies cracking down on Wi-Fi
43. US - Consumer plea: Don't bind broadband

   Junk mail (spam)

44. Spam blocks eat up real mail

   Liability, jurisdiction and applicable law

45. DK - Deep Link Foes Get Another Win
46. Internet 'choke points' put the squeeze on content
47. DE - Gericht bestätigt Haftung für Gästebucheinträge
48. DE - Linkhaftung: Gesetzgeberische Untätigkeit schafft endlich Klarheit
49. DK - la société Newsbooster ne pourra plus tisser de liens profonds
50. US - Groups Defend Anonymous Online Critics
51. US - NPR Retreats, Link Stink Lingers

   Mobile and wireless

52. EU - Comparative Assessment of the Licensing Regimes for 3G

   Portals, browsers and search engines

53. US - Search engines dropping pay-per-views?

   Protection of minors

54. AU - Child abuse and the Internet
55. FR - MSN : des chats à consommer avec modération
56. UK - Police probe paedophile links to teen 'camgirl' sites

   Racism and xenophobia

57. DE - Gegen Rechtsextremismus im Internet: BKA und "jugendschutz.net" organisieren Zusammenarbeit
58. Hate flourishes on the net

   Rating and filtering

59. DE - Software filtert Schimpfwörter aus Chats
60. DE - Suchmaschinen sollen gemeinsame Filterliste erstellen
61. Filter firm’s Web site bares all

   Safer Internet awareness

62. BE - Pour nos enfants, surfez prudemment

   Self-regulation / codes of conduct

63. China announces 'self-discipline' scheme for Internet providers
64. DE - Streit um Jugendmedienschutz-Staatsvertrag
65. FR - Internet et les modes alternatifs de règlement des différends

   Standards

66. Royalties may force standards stalemate

Market & Technology

   Market

67. Multiplayer Game Servers Provide Worlds of Fun
68. The trees fight back - Should old media embrace blogging?

   Statistics

69. FR - Pour 48% des Français, l'internet doit être une priorité gouvernementale

   Technology

70. Writing file sharing's final chapter

Forthcoming events

71. 2002-09-09 ES - Copyright Piracy and Anti-Piracy
72. 2002-09-17 EU - 3G Workshop

QuickLinks 240 - 14 July 2002

   Audiovisual

1. UK - BBC/BSkyB scoop digital licences (Guardian)
A BBC and BSkyB coalition has been awarded the digital terrestrial broadcast licences left vacant by the collapsed ITV Digital network. The decision is certain to attract fierce criticism from commercial broadcasters, who believe the corporation is making a cynical "digital land-grab" by teaming up with BSkyB to launch a non-pay service. See also Dyke promises 'more normal TV' (BBC).

   Cable and satellite

2. Europe's New Air War (Wired)
Why are US allies building their own global positioning system? Call it a declaration of independence.

   Competition

3. EU - Getting competition in local access (RAPID)
Speech by Mr. Mario Monti European, Commissioner for Competition Policy, Public hearing sector enquiry local loop unbundling, Brussels - 8 July 2002.

4. EU - Commission clears merger between Telia and Sonera subject to conditions (RAPID)
The European Commission has given the go ahead to the proposed acquisition of Finnish-based telecommunications group Sonera Corp. by Sweden's Telia AB, another telecoms firm. The Commission feared that the deal -- the first between two incumbent telecoms companies in Europe which moreover are neighbours -- could act against consumers' interests by reducing competition in Finland and in Sweden. But the companies addressed these concerns by offering to sell Telia's mobile operations in Finland, Telia's cable TV network in Sweden and by creating a legal separation between their fixed and mobile networks and services businesses in Finland and Sweden.

5. EU - Commission issues market power assessment guidelines for electronic communications (RAPID)
The European Commission has adopted Guidelines on market analysis and the assessment of Significant Market Power (SMP), as required by Directive 2002/21/EC on a new common regulatory framework for electronic communications service(1) (the Framework Directive). The Guidelines set out the principles that national regulatory authorities (NRAs) will use to define markets and analyse effective competition. The Guidelines were developed on the basis of existing case law and the Commission's practice in the enforcement of EU competition law.

   Computer crime

6. NL - Dutch ban virtual kinderporno (The Register)
Dutch legislators have made it a criminal offence to digitally create faked images of child pornography in a move that strengthens the country's existing laws against child abuse. The Netherlands already has laws against paedophiles who create and distribute images of child abuse, but these measures require the "physical involvement of children" for such acts to be a criminal offence.

7. UK - Child porn doctor jailed (BBC)
A heart doctor has been jailed for nine months and placed on the sex offenders register after he admitted having indecent pictures of children. Dr Bernard Chin was caught at the City Hospital in Birmingham using computers to access several internet child porn sites.

8. UK - Scotland - Porn case ruling prompts law call (Scotsman)
A judge's ruling that a sheriff blundered by allowing a Lothian man suspected of belonging to a paedophile ring to walk free today prompted calls for a change in the law. His decision to free Mr Aspinall on the grounds that police had bungled a search of Mr Aspinall’s West Lothian home was yesterday judged to be wrong by the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh.

9. US - 10 Arrested in Federal Investigation of Internet Child Pornography (New York Times)
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan and Brooklyn announced the arrests yesterday of 10 people in a continuing investigation of a child-pornography ring on the Internet. The authorities have called the investigation Operation Candyman, after the name of an Internet Web site that the F.B.I. says was used to display and trade child pornography and that it shut down in February 2001.

10. Web child porn raids across Europe (CNN)
Police have swooped on a suspected Internet child pornography ring in a series of raids across Europe. Police raided 50 premises in Belgium, Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden in a clampdown on a major Internet-based paedophile network, the European Union's police agency Europol said. see also UK cops in child porn swoop (vnunet.com). The UK's National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) smashed an alleged internet child porn ring this morning, arresting 50 suspects in seven countries. The year long investigation, codenamed Operation Twins, reportedly dealt with hundreds of thousands of the most horrific images and videos yet seen. Hundreds of victims are thought to have been involved in the case, most of them unidentified. Dawn raids carried out in Belgium, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the UK and Germany saw 50 members of the group, known as the Shadowz Brotherhood, arrested. Dozens of computers and thousands of videos and CDs were also seized.

   Consumer protection

11. UK - Getting tough with online fraudsters (BBC)
The UK Government is to get tough with rogue online traders in an attempt to make e-commerce more attractive to consumers. Trading standards offices around the country are being given £500,000 to identify internet scams and fraudsters.

12. USA - Your PC's enemy within (CNET News.com)
The Wild West days of cyberspace are over -and, like it or not, it's time for government to change its laissez-faire attitude toward the Internet and create laws that clearly prevent unscrupulous businesses from preying on unsuspecting consumers and seizing control of computers.

   Content regulation

13. DE - Provider kritisieren geänderten Mediendienste-Staatsvertrag (Heise)
Heimlich, still und leise ist der neue "Staatsvertrag über Mediendienste" in Kraft getreten. Die ursprüngliche Fassung war Teil der zwischen Ländern und Bund zweigeteilten "Multimedia-Gesetzgebung" von 1997 und regelt vor allem, welche Inhalte Mediendienste-Anbieter im Web darstellen dürfen.

14. FR - Govt Considers More Limits on X-Rated Films (Reuters)
X-rated films may be getting too accessible for official taste in France, where the new center-right government wants to review laws governing pornographic material on television, videos and Internet sites. Christian Jacob, minister for family affairs, said the government was concerned that easy access to hard-core pornography on cable television was inciting teenagers to commit sex crimes.

15. India - Censors submit to porn (BBC)
India's film censors have decided to screen pornographic films in dedicated cinemas to try to control the huge popularity of adult films in the country.

16. Israel bans porn on TV (BBC)
The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, has banned cable and satellite broadcasters from showing pornography. In a rare display of unity, Arab members voted alongside right-wing and religious Jewish parties in favour of the bill.

17. IT - Police block porn Web sites with Catholic imagery (AP)
Italian police closed down five U.S.-based Web sites that had been blaspheming Catholicism with a combination of pornographic pictures and offensive statements about the Madonna.

18. IT - RSF proteste contre la fermeture de sites internet jugés blasphématoires (AFP)
- Reporters sans frontières (RSF) a protesté mercredi auprès du ministre de l'Intérieur italien, Giuseppe Pisanu, après la fermeture par les autorités italiennes de cinq sites internet à la suite d'une plainte pour "blasphème" du quotidien du Vatican, L'Osservatore Romano.

   Copyright, trademarks and patents

19. DE - BGH: Pressespiegel dürfen elektronisch verbreitet werden (Heise)
In Paragraph 49 des Urheberrechtsgesetzes findet sich ein so genanntes "Pressespiegelprivileg". Behörden und Unternehmen, die solche Pressespiegel an ihre Mitarbeiter verteilen, zahlen lediglich eine Pauschale an die Verwertungsgesellschaft Wort (VG Wort). Elektronische Pressespiegel unterschieden sich nicht wesentlich vom Pressespiegel in Papierform, solange gewisse Bedingungen eingehalten seien, erklärten die Richter des Bundesgerichtshofs (BGH).

20. EU - European administrations should share open source software resources (RAPID)
European administrations should share software on an open source licensing basis, to cut soaring eGoverment information technology costs (set to rise by 28% to € 6.6 billion this year), says an independent study published by the European Commission. The Pooling Open Source Software study, financed by the Commission's Interchange of Data between Administrations (IDA) programme, recommends creating a clearing house to which administrations could "donate" software for re-use. This facility, which would concentrate on applications specific to the needs of the public sector, could encourage the replication of good practice in eGovernment services.

21. Tax authority to take over pirate tracing from copyright association (Europemedia)
The Dutch tax authority’s intelligence and tracing unit, FIOD-ECD, is to take over the job of tracking and prosecuting software , music and CD pirates on January 1 2003 from the copyright association, Buma/Stemra. The association feels that this is a job for the authorities, and the Ministers of Justice and Finance agree.

22. US - Judge clamps down on Gator (ZDNet News)
A federal judge ordered software company Gator to temporarily stop displaying pop-up advertising over Web publishers' pages without their permission. The order was issued in a lawsuit filed against Gator in June by The Washington Post, The New York Times, Dow Jones and seven other publishers, which allege the company's ads violate their copyrights and steal revenue.

23. US - Studios sue defunct $1 movie site (CNET News.com)
The movie studio's trade association filed suit against Film88.com, a would-be Internet video Web site that has allegedly popped up in several incarnations around the world. The suit largely appears to be aimed at stopping the site's owners from reappearing online in another incarnation. Film88 itself, whose operations were allegedly based at least partly out of Iran, has already been shut down and replaced with a message board and a note from the company's owners.

   Data Protection (privacy)

24. BE - Arrêté royal rendant obligatoire la CCT sur la cybersurveillance des travailleurs (Droit et Nouvelles Technologies)
Face à l'invasion permanente des communications électroniques dans l'environnement de travail, le Conseil National a voulu prendre les devants afin d'assurer l'équilibre entre, d'une part, le contrôle que doit pouvoir exercer l'employeur aux fins de sécurité du réseau et de contrôle de ses employés, et d'autre part, les normes fondamentales qui garantissent le droit de toute personne au respect de sa vie privée. C'est ainsi que le Conseil a accouché, après une année de négociations, de cette Convention Collective de Travail (CCT). Comme il en a le droit, le gouvernement a rendu cette CCT obligatoire via un arrêté royal.

25. EU: Microsoft Passport Raises Privacy Issues (Reuters)
The European Union's privacy watchdog wants further scrutiny of Microsoft's .NET Passport system to see if it complies with data protection laws. EU national privacy controllers, who monitor compliance with the bloc's privacy laws, said an analysis conducted by their Internet Task Force showed closer checks were needed. See EU - On-line authentication services (Europa)
Working Document - First orientations of the Article 29 Working Party concerning on-line authentication.

   Domain names

26. It's time for ICANN to go (Salon)
John Gilmore, original "cypherpunk" and all-around Internet supergeek, explains why the organization that runs the Internet is broken

27. S - Stockholm fears Web porn label (CNN)
City officials in Stockholm fear the Swedish capital is about to have its name associated with a pornographic Web site. The city has tried unsuccessfully for 10 years to acquire the domain name -- www.stockholm.com -- initially held by an individual in Florida, information technology department head Kjell Bergefall said.

   e-Government

28. EU - eGovernment Observatory (Europa)
IDA Interchange of Data between Administrations. In the following sections and pages, we will be presenting the very latest and best information on all things eGovernment in Europe. At the moment, we have just the very first pieces of information loaded. Over the coming days, weeks and months, this resource will be expanded and regularly updated.

29. FR - e-Gouvernement : l'administration entre le chaud et le froid (Yahoo!)
Coup sur coup, deux études sur l'administration en ligne viennent de paraître. Comme celles qui les ont précédées, elles alternent le chaud et le froid. D'un côté, le livre blanc d'EDS, intitulé L'e-gouvernement en France : une ardente obligation, estime que « la France se dégrade quant à la qualité des services en matière d'e-administration ». Plusieurs éléments sont néanmoins mis en avant : 1 200 formulaires (65 % du total) sont téléchargeables, et le portail Service-public.fr figure parmi les dix meilleurs sites publics mondiaux. De l'autre, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young (CGEY), dans son rapport e-Europe, où en est-on ?, commandité par la Commission européenne, note que le développement des services publics en ligne y aurait crû de 12 points au cours des six derniers mois, passant de 49 % en octobre 2001 à 61 % en avril 2002. Par comparaison, ce taux n'est que de 10 points - de 45 à 55 % - sur l'ensemble des dix-huit pays européens analysés.

   Electronic commerce

30. DE - Stoiber will Medikamentenhandel im Internet verhindern (Heise)
Gegen einen Versandhandel von Medikamenten über das Internet hat sich der bayerische Ministerpräsident und Unions-Kanzlerkandidat Edmund Stoiber (CSU) ausgesprochen. Bei einer Lockerung des bestehenden Verbots würde die konkrete und fachliche Beratung durch den Apotheker fehlen, sagte Stoiber bei einem Treffen mit dem Präsidenten der Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Apotheker, Hans-Günter Friese, in München.

31. US - EBay Says No to PayPal Gambling (Wired)
Online gamblers, most of whom can no longer use U.S. credit cards to fund their habit, are about to lose yet another payment option. Under the terms of its planned purchase of PayPal, eBay said it intends to stop offering the payment service for Internet gambling transactions.

   Employment and social issues

32. UK - Web abuse: porn surfing heads list of sackable offences (Guardian)
One in four UK companies has sacked employees for internet misuse, and porn sites were the most common reason, a survey for Personnel Today magazine has found. The research showed 69% of those fired for abusing their internet connections were surfing for pornography. The next most common causes were web chatrooms and personal emails.

   Hotlines

33. BE - Une @rme contre l'e-pédophilie (Le Soir)
Pornographie. Child Focus intensifie la lutte en créant un « point de contact civil » sur l'internet. Child Focus lance sur internet un site qui collectera le signalement de tout matériel à caractère pédopornographique : un outil par le biais duquel le public pourra signaler tout contenu mettant en péril l'intégrité sexuelle des enfants

   Information society and Internet policy

34. 'Father of Internet' wants interplanetary Internet (EurActiv)
During a presentation for Internet Society Luxembourg, Mr Vinton Cerf, 'father of the Internet', introduced his ideas about an interplanetary Internet 'InterPlaNet' and raised policy issues at the current state of play. Internet: 21st Century Tidal Wave (ISOC Luxembourg). see also Pioneer Cerf keeps 'net working (AP).

35. Cyberlaw: Cybersmart or cybersilly? (Wall Street Journal)
Is there really a cyberspace full of "cybercitizens" who need only be accountable to their own "cyberlaws"? A loose-knit group of law professors is bucking one of the big fads in the legal field by calling that whole idea "cybersilly".

36. Eavesblogging the Internet Law Program (Slashdot)
Last week the Berkman Center held their second annual Internet Law Program, an intensive course in (surprise) internet law and developments. You probably didn't spend the time/money to attend, but the topics covered are interesting enough (to me anyway) to check it out even second-hand. Dan Gillmor attended and posted his notes: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5 part 1 and Day 5 part 2. Donna Wentworth was there, trying to record the seminar in real-time; hopefully she's learned her lesson. There is tons of interesting stuff in there - it's worth your time to read through if you have any interest in the subject matter at all.

37. EU wants focussed agenda at World Summit on Information Society (EurActiv)
In 1998 the International Telecommunications Union decided to hold a World Summit on the Information Society. It aims "to develop a common vision and understanding of the Information Society and to draw up a strategic plan of action for concerted development towards realising this vision". The Summit will be held in two phases. The first part is to be held from 10 to 12 December 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland and the second in 2005 in Tunis, Tunisia. The EU Presidency, on behalf of the EU, stated that the main topics on the agenda of the Summit should be e-government, e-learning and e-inclusion.

38. FR - Le Forum des droits sur l'Internet fête sa première année (Le Monde)
Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, conseillère d'Etat, est déléguée générale du Forum des droits sur l'Internet. Le Forum vient de fêter sa première année d'existence. Il s'agit d'une association de la loi 1901, créée avec pour mission de construire la civilité de l'Internet.

   Interception

39. UK - ISPs face data interception deadline (ZDNet UK)
ISPs across the UK will have to start intercepting and storing electronic communications including emails, faxes and Web surfing data from 1 August, but there still appear to be glaring loopholes in the legislation.Not only has the Home Office still failed to tell ISPs how they will be compensated for maintaining their interception capabilities, but the measures, which the government said were introduced to combat terrorism and organised crime, only apply to large ISPs. Any criminal organisation wishing to avoid interception simply has to find an ISP that has fewer than 10,000 customers. The interception capability is mandated by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), which was introduced to give police and other law enforcement authorities the same powers to intercept digital communications as they already possess to intercept telephone calls and letters. On 1 August, the RIP (Maintenance of Interception Capability) Order 2002 is due to come into force.

40. UK - Privacy debacle set to be repeated (Guardian)
by Simon Davies. The most entertaining aspect of the government's U-turn on its data-snooping proposals was the home secretary's "we got it wrong" interview on the BBC. But it was not the most surprising element in the saga. The most remarkable aspect was that the proposals got as far as they did.

   Internet access and use

41. US - ACLU says cable could close Internet (Infoworld)
The openness of the Internet is in danger of being compromised by cable companies that offer high-speed broadband services, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the U.S. government must act to protect the Internet's freedom of communication from these monopolies. As Americans move from dial-up Internet access to logging on via cable broadband networks, they're also moving from the open, regulated telephone network to proprietary cable networks that are controlled by a few large companies, according to an ACLU report. This means the Internet could come under private control of the cable operators, the report said.

42. US - Cable companies cracking down on Wi-Fi (CNET News.com)
Broadband providers are cracking down on popular Wi-Fi networks, threatening to cut service to customers who set up the inexpensive wireless systems and allow others to freely tap into their Internet access.

43. US - Consumer plea: Don't bind broadband (Reuters)
Proposed U.S. government policies could harm competition in the broadband Internet market, reducing choices and driving up monthly fees for people who want high-speed access, a consumer group said. By easing regulations on incumbent cable television and local phone companies, the Federal Communications Commission will hasten the demise of independent Internet providers who reach customers over existing phone and cable lines, the Consumer Federation of America said. Consumers will suffer, the group said, as cable and local phone giants who currently dominate the broadband market will no longer be driven to lower prices and create innovative products.

   Junk mail (spam)

44. Spam blocks eat up real mail (CNet News.com)
Sometimes-indiscriminate blacklists have become a key weapon in the war against unsolicited bulk e-mail.

   Liability, jurisdiction and applicable law

45. DK - Deep Link Foes Get Another Win (Wired)
The Bailiff's Court of Copenhagen ruled in favor of the Danish Newspaper Publishers Association, which claimed that Danish company Newsbooster violated copyright laws by "deep linking" to newspaper articles on some Danish newspapers' Internet sites. see also Deep Linking Lunacy (Search Engine Watch).

46. Internet 'choke points' put the squeeze on content (Globe and Mail)
by Michael Geist. Regulating Internet-based activity presents lawmakers with a difficult challenge. Offending Web sites frequently vanish without a trace only to resurface in a foreign jurisdiction. Individual Internet users, meanwhile, may speak out under the veil of anonymity without fear of repercussions. With the rules for ISPs increasingly settled, authorities have begun to search for additional intermediaries. If recent activity is any indication, the two most likely targets are financial intermediaries, particularly credit card companies, and Internet search engines.

47. DE - Gericht bestätigt Haftung für Gästebucheinträge (Heise)
Das Landgericht Düsseldorf hat im Rahmen einer mündlichen Verhandlung bekräftigt, dass ein Homepagebetreiber für Einträge in seinem Gästebuch haftet. Regelmäßige Kontrollen in einem offenen Gästebuch, in dem jeder eine Nachricht hinterlassen kann, sind danach zumutbar. Sind rechtsverletzende und beleidigende Beiträge über Monate hinweg nachlesbar, obwohl andere Beiträge gelöscht und die Homepage in dieser Zeit aktualisiert wurden, gelten die Einträge als eigener Inhalt.

48. DE - Linkhaftung: Gesetzgeberische Untätigkeit schafft endlich Klarheit (Telepolis)
von Uwe Jürgens und Oliver Köster. Mit der Umsetzung der E-Commerce-Richtlinie erfolgte keine ausdrückliche Verankerung der Linkhaftung, deshalb entfallen im Vergleich zur alten Rechtslage aber viele Unsicherheiten. Sind Informationsvermittler wie Suchmaschinenbetreiber, Anbieter von Webverzeichnissen und auch andere Anbieter für willentlich gesetzte oder automatisch in ihrem Angebot generierte Links rechtlich verantwortlich? Anders als oft kolportiert löst die E-Commerce-Richtlinie diese Fragen nicht, sie beschäftigte sich mit der Linkhaftung ausdrücklich nicht.

49. DK - la société Newsbooster ne pourra plus tisser de liens profonds (Forum des droits sur l'internet)
Une cour de première instance de Copenhague a prononcé, le vendredi 5 juillet 2002, une injonction contre la société Newsbooster pour lui interdire d'effectuer des liens hypertextes vers les articles de plusieurs quotidiens en ligne.

50. US - Groups Defend Anonymous Online Critics (Washington Post.com)
Internet service providers and online forums should warn customers that their privacy may not be protected when they anonymously criticize companies online, a coalition of civil liberties groups ncluding the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the Center for Democracy and Technology said. In a letter sent to more than 100 ISPs and online discussion boards, the coalition asked each company to include in its privacy policy a pledge to notify any customer whose personal information or identity is subpoenaed. see Anonymity on the net (CyberSLAPP.org). See also ACLU: Don't rat out your customers (CNET News.com).

51. US - NPR Retreats, Link Stink Lingers (Wired)
In response to furious criticism of its online linking policy, National Public Radio will no longer require webmasters to ask permission to link to NPR.org. But there are still limits on linking to the nonprofit radio network's site. Links to NPR's site "should not (a) suggest that NPR promotes or endorses any third party's causes, ideas, websites, products or services, or (b) use NPR content for inappropriate commercial purposes," according to a new policy.

   Mobile and wireless

52. EU - Comparative Assessment of the Licensing Regimes for 3G (Europa)
The Commission commissioned the consultant McKinsey to carry out a study entitled Comparative Assessment of the Licensing Regimes for 3G Mobile Communications in the European Union and their impact on the Mobile Communications Sector.

   Portals, browsers and search engines

53. US - Search engines dropping pay-per-views? (Reuters)
Several Internet search engines have changed or will consider changes in the way they render search results to help their users distinguish advertisements from other Web content. The moves came after the Federal Trade Commission said it would urge Web sites to make sure that "any paid ranking search results are distinguished from nonpaid results with clear and conspicuous disclosures." see also FTC tells search engines to disclose paid results (Computerworld).

   Protection of minors

54. AU - Child abuse and the Internet (National Child Protection Clearinghouse)
(Issues paper no.15) by Janet Stanley; The past decade has seen rapid development and exponential growth in the use of electronic, computer-based communication and information sharing via the Internet, particularly across the Western world. Clearly there are many benefits that result from Internet usage, but until recently there has been little recognition of the dangers that may also result from the use of such technology. There is now growing evidence that the Internet is a new medium through which some commonly recognised forms of child maltreatment, sexual and emotional abuse, may be pursued.

55. FR - MSN : des chats à consommer avec modération (01net)
D'anciens modérateurs bénévoles s'inquiètent de la prolifération de discours à caractère pédophile sur certains salons de discussion (chat-rooms) hébergés sur MSN France, et soulignent les risques de dérive du service. voir aussi Salles de chat sur MSN France (MSNFR).

56. UK - Police probe paedophile links to teen 'camgirl' sites (Observer)
Police are investigating a series of personalised teen websites amid fears that paedophiles could target children who put photographs of themselves on the internet in return for gifts. An Observer investigation can reveal that British girls as young as 14 are inviting strangers to send them presents through their websites, sometimes offering intimate pictures in return. see also Every parent's worst nightmare.

   Racism and xenophobia

57. DE - Gegen Rechtsextremismus im Internet: BKA und "jugendschutz.net" organisieren Zusammenarbeit (ots)
Beamte des Bundeskriminalamtes (BKA) und Mitarbeiter der Zentralstelle der Obersten Landesjugendbehörde für Jugendschutz in Mediendiensten - jugendschutz.net -, haben sich im BKA getroffen, um Erscheinungsformen und Dimensionen von rechtsextremistischen Inhalten im Internet zu diskutieren, Erfahrungen auszutauschen und Möglichkeiten der Zusammenarbeit abzustimmen.

58. Hate flourishes on the net (BBC)
Hate has flourished on the internet since the 11 September attacks, according to the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The Jewish rights organisation said that websites promoting violence and racism had proliferated over the past year. "Extremist groups are undoubtedly spending more of their efforts online," said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, at a seminar in Berlin, Germany, where he was presenting the findings of the organisation's Digital Hate 2002 report.

   Rating and filtering

59. DE - Software filtert Schimpfwörter aus Chats (ZDNet)
Die Debatte um den Jugendschutz im Web und passende Werkzeuge hierzu dauert an: Nun hat die Frankfurter Multimedia-Agentur "Neue Digitale" eine Software vorgestellt, die unschöne Wörter aus Chats herausfiltert. "Damit könnten Wirtschaft und öffentliche Hand sicherstellen, dass ihre Web-Präsenz sauber bleibt", ließ das Unternehmen verlauten.

60. DE - Suchmaschinen sollen gemeinsame Filterliste erstellen (Heise)
Das Mainzer Aufsichtsgremium jugendschutz.net, eine gemeinsame Einrichtung der Jugendministerien der Länder, hat an Betreiber von Suchdiensten eine "Verpflichtungserklärung" zum Aufbau und Austausch einer schwarzen Liste für "unzulässige und jugendgefährdende Adressen" und Keywords verschickt. Mit dem Dokument, das heise online vorliegt, sollen sich die Anbieter dazu bereit erklären, die illegalen und die jugendgefährdenden "Fundstellen" in Suchindexen und Webkatalogen zu sperren.

61. Filter firm’s Web site bares all (MSNBC)
Graphically illustrating its contention that its software is second to none, the Internet-filtering firm Websense is linking its corporate home page to a daily roster of sites featuring hard-core sex, hacking information and racist rants that it says weren’t blocked by two of its rivals.

   Safer Internet awareness

62. BE - Pour nos enfants, surfez prudemment (Le Soir)
Une étude belge alimente une réflexion européenne pour un internet plus sûr. La Commission européenne s'inquiète des dangers qui pourraient menacer les enfants face à l'internet. Les Facultés universitaires de Namur ont d'abord voulu savoir ce qu'ils y cherchent. Au même titre que n'importe quel média, le réseau internet recèle des manières et de nombreux contenus à ne pas mettre dans les mains des enfants. On pense bien sûr aux sites pornographiques, mais d'autres dangers, moins immédiats mais plus pernicieux, guettent les mineurs d'âge au détour d'un clic: les contenus illégaux ou choquants, les e-mails non désirés, les virus, ou les incitations commerciales particulièrement ciblées par exemple. Consciente de ce nouveau phénomène, la Commission européenne a donc souhaité que des chercheurs se penchent sur l'éducation et la sensibilisation des jeunes (et des parents) pour un internet plus sûr. Parmi ces chercheurs, deux membres des Facultés universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix de Namur (FUNDP).

   Self-regulation / codes of conduct

63. China announces 'self-discipline' scheme for Internet providers (Yahoo Singapore)
China's Internet service providers (ISPs) are increasingly censoring their own content for subversive political material through so-called "self discipline pacts". The China Internet Association said the agreements banned signatories from producing or releasing content that was "harmful to national security and social stability" or illegal. An official from the association, a self-regulatory body for China's Internet sector, said the deal also left ISPs responsible for ensuring surfers "use the web in a civilized way", without specifying what this meant.

64. DE - Streit um Jugendmedienschutz-Staatsvertrag (DigiTV.de)
In Zukunft sollen die deutschen TV-Stationen im Rahmen einer Selbstkontrolle stärker den Inhalt der eigenen Programme verantworten und so den politischen Gremien Arbeit abnehmen. Die Direktoren der Landesmedienanstalten vertrauen darauf nicht und fordern eine umfangreiche Überarbeitung des bis jetzt vorgelegten Entwurfs. So soll es eine "Nachkontrolle" der Entscheidungen von Selbstkontrolleinrichtungen geben.

65. FR - Internet et les modes alternatifs de règlement des différends (Forum des droits sur l'internet)
Le groupe de travail "Modes alternatifs de règlement des différends", en activité depuis le mois d'août 2001, a remis le 17 juin 2002 son rapport final et les présentes recommandations et pistes d'action.

   Standards

66. Royalties may force standards stalemate (CNET News.com)
Tthe World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is bracing for a vote next week that could decide once and for all how it will handle patented technology that comes with royalties attached.

   Market

67. Multiplayer Game Servers Provide Worlds of Fun (New York Times)
Although online games have been around for decades, these are definitely boom years. So-called massively multiplayer online games - those capable of supporting thousands of players at once - are one of the fastest-growing segments of the $10.8 billion electronic game industry.

68. The trees fight back - Should old media embrace blogging? (Economist)
Back in the mists of early Internet history, online publishing was going to wrest power from the inky fingers of old media groups and put it in the hands of ordinary people. Well, it never happened. Yet just when old media began to feel smug again about its old-fashioned paper-based products, weblogging (known as blogging) happened. The question for the big media world is whether to embrace the phenomenon that, in part, claims to undermine it.

   Statistics

69. FR - Pour 48% des Français, l'internet doit être une priorité gouvernementale (AFP)
Pour près d'un Français sur deux (48%), le développement de l'internet doit figurer parmi les priorités du nouveau gouvernement, indique un sondage réalisé par AOL France/Louis Harris. Pour trois Français sur quatre (76%), tous les citoyens n'ont pas les mêmes chances d'accéder à Internet. Les internautes déplorent cette fracture numérique dans des proportions similaires (79%).

   Technology

70. Writing file sharing's final chapter (CENt News.com)
By Gene Kan. Each time a new concept was unearthed during the boom days of the Internet, venture capitalists would chase it. Checkbooks in hand, they backed countless start-ups, flogging each one as the next big thing. CNet Editor's note: Gene Kan was an entrepreneur who helped articulate the potential of peer-to-peer technology in various articles and appearances at industry forums. He was 25 when he passed away on June 29.

71. 2002-09-09 ES - Copyright Piracy and Anti-Piracy (UIB)
Legal Aspects of E-Commerce - 3rd generation issues. 3rd European Summer School designed for lawyers, company members, advanced law students and postgraduates. Palma de Mallorca, 9th - 12th September 2002

72. 2002-09-17 EU - 3G Workshop (Europa)
The Commission commissioned the consultant McKinsey to carry out a study entitled Comparative Assessment of the Licensing Regimes for 3G Mobile Communications in the European Union and their impact on the Mobile Communications Sector. In this context, the Commission will hold a public workshop in Brussels, scheduled to take place on 17 September 2002, to present and discuss the study. You are invited to pre-register for this event. Pre-registration must be received no later than 6th September 2002, by e-mail, giving your name, organisation, address, phone and fax number. Upon registration, an official invitation will be sent in the beginning of the month of September indicating exact time and venue of the meeting and agenda.


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