(RAPID) The European Commission has reached the preliminary conclusion, subject to third-party comment, that it can take a favourable view regarding two sets of agreements to share infrastructure networks for the third generation (3G) of mobile phones. The agreements were filed for approval under the competition rules by mobile network operators T-Mobile and MMO2 and concern the networks that they are building in Germany and in the United Kingdom. The Commission's analysis of the two deals is that the significant cost savings anticipated from the sharing of network elements should lead to quicker 3G network roll-out and services competition, which will benefit consumers, without leading to undue restraints on network competition. Other benefits include greater network coverage and a more limited environmental impact.
(Reuters) L'Union fédérale des consommateurs (UFC-Que Choisir) annonce avoir porté plainte devant le Conseil de la concurrence contre Orange pour abus de position dominante, à la suite de la décision de l'opérateur de téléphonie mobile de surfacturer les communication de ses clients vers les réseaux mobiles concurrents.
(Morgenweb) Wegen der Verbreitung von Kinderpornografie im Internet hat das Landgericht Stuttgart zwei Männer zu Haftstrafen von drei und zweieinhalb Jahren verurteilt. Die beiden 49 und 51 Jahre alten Männer hatten sich nach Überzeugung des Gerichts kinderpornografisches Material aus dem Internet beschafft und selbst Bilder in einschlägigen Clubs verbreitet. Der Richter sagte in der Urteilsbegründung, Kindesmissbrauch zähle zum schlimmsten zwischenmenschlichen Verhalten.
(Aftenposten) The organization Save the Children is angered by the lack of an age limit in the definition of child pornography in Norway. The Justice Department interprets the law to mean that sexual maturity defines child pornography.
(Daily Telegraph) Detectives are questioning three men and a 16-year-old arrested over the making and distribution of indecent images of children via the internet. The four have been taken into custody as part of Operation Duke. Five arrested in internet child porn raids at dawn (Croydon Guardian)
(Ananova) Two officers working on the inquiry into the murder of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman have been arrested on suspicion of pornography offences. They were arrested in connection with a worldwide FBI operation against internet pornography. The arrests are part of Operation Ore in which UK police have been targeting users of pay-per-view websites based in the United States and is part of the FBI's Operation Candyman. see also Chapmans' Liaison Officer Accused In Child Porn Inquiry (Ananova). A liaison officer who has been at the side of the family of murdered schoolgirl Jessica Chapman throughout their ordeal is one of two Cambridgeshire officers arrested over allegations involving indecent pictures of children. Family liaison officer Detective Constable Brian Stevens was arrested as part of an investigation into child pornography on the Internet. Last month the officer read a poem, written by a friend of the Chapmans, at the memorial service for Holly and Jessica in Ely Cathedral.
(silicon.com) UK ISP Freeserve has been ordered by the Advertising Standards Authority to drop its current claims that customers can surf for " long as (they) like" after rival Internet service provider BTopenworld lodged a complaint.
(CNET News.com) A new Greek law banning the playing of electronic games was declared unconstitutional by a judge, and the charges against three people were dismissed. The decision by a judge in Thessaloniki, Greece, could eventually result in the law being repealed, according to reports in the local press. Before thes decision, computer game players and Internet cafe owners in Greece said they would fight the law. According to opponents, the law was conceived to address illicit gambling but was written so broadly that playing any electronic game could be considered illegal.
(Guardian) China's web censors have lifted their ban on access to the popular international Google search engine - but they have ways of making sure no one asks the wrong question. The Chinese technology appears to be capable of learning as it goes. An initial search for "Tibet independence" yesterday on Google went through unchecked. When repeated a minute later it was blocked.
(Korea Herald) Korea's online and communications content monitoring agency designed to filter out "harmful" information has suspended its operations. In June, the Supreme Court ruled the operations of the ICEC to be unconstitutional. The Information and Communication Ethics Committee (ICEC) is an agency operated by the Ministry of Information and Communication and its chief mission is "controlling communication practices regarding harmful information" according to its Web site (www.icec.or.kr). The information ministry had been using the ICEC as a chief online censoring organ, particularly tracking Web sites that incite anti-government sentiment or circulate improper content.
(Heise) Medienunternehmerverbände wollen den Aktivitäten der Nutzer in Online-Tauschbörsen nicht länger zusehen. Sie suchen nach Wegen, Raubkopien im Reich der Bits den Garaus zu machen. Anhaltspunkte soll ein 200-seitiges Gutachten zur "Datenpiraterie im Internet" des Münchner Rechtsprofessors Ulrich Sieber bieten, das der Deutsche Multimedia Verband (dmmv) gemeinsam mit dem Verband privater Rundfunk- und Telekommunikationsanbieter (VPRT) am Rande des Medienforums 2002 in Berlin vorstellte. Siehe auch Politiker gegen weitere Verschärfung des Urheberrechts.
(CNET News.com) A delicate detente is breaking down under pressure from peer-to-peer networks, placing two powerful industries on a collision course that could reshape the legal landscape for online file-swapping. Record companies and movie studios have long turned to Internet service providers for help in their battle against online piracy, but ISPs are beginning to balk at what they see as increasingly onerous demands to step up pressure against online copyright infringement.
(Le Soir) L'Europe souffle le chaud et le froid sur le respect des données personnelles avec une nouvelle directive qui suscite des débats passionnés. Nous avons demandé au professeur Yves Poullet, des Facultés universitaires de Namur et directeur du Crid (Centre de recherches informatique et droit) d'évoquer les points forts de cette nouvelle directive.
(CIPR) The idea of the Commission on Intellectual Property Rights originated in the UK Government's White Paper on International Development "Eliminating World Poverty: Making Globalisation Work for the Poor". The aim was "to look at the ways that intellectual property rules need to develop in the future in order to take greater account of the interests of developing countries and poor people."
(Neustar) NeuStar seeks the guidance of community members, experts, and interested parties to formulate content guidelines and restrictions for the kids.us domain. We seek public input on our first discussion draft of content guidelines and requirements of this special domain. We invite all interested parties to comment on this paper at KidsDomainComments@NeuStar.us through October 11, 2002. see also Rules set for kid-friendly Web domain (Reuters). Sex, violence and the "seven dirty words" prohibited by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission would be banned from a children's Internet domain, according to preliminary guidelines released by the domain manager. NeuStar, which plans to set up the kid-friendly Internet zone, said it would rely on existing guidelines for television and advertising to determine what material would be appropriate for the ".kids.us" domain.
(Washington Post) The Internet Society (ISOC) has assumed a commanding lead in the competition to control the "dot-org" Internet domain after winning a key endorsement from staff at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Competitors have criticised the recommendation from ICANN staff.
(Reuters) The manager of the United States' Internet domain asked Congress not to interfere with its efforts to set up a kid-friendly zone free of violence, pornography and other adult material. The Senate should not pass a law requiring NeuStar to set up a "dot-kids.us" domain because it would disrupt the company's own efforts to set up the domain in a commercially viable manner, a NeuStar official said. see also Letter on .kids.us (CDT). Congressionally mandated creation of a kids.us domain would set a dangerous precedent for regulation of the domain name space. In addition it would create new concerns about free expression online and would be ineffective in protecting children from inappropriate content. To make kids.us effective for parents, the site must be aggressively maintained and monitored. The kind of enforcement necessary to make the site safe for children would be expensive and difficult, and that money would be better spent educating children and parents how to be safe when using the Web and about the tools already available to filter inappropriate content.
(Washington Post) The U.S. government will renew ICANN's authority to manage the Internet's global addressing system, Commerce Department Undersecretary Nancy Victory told reporters.
(Guardian) Why is the Government so devoted to a digital future when it plainly doesn't work? The development of large-scale government IT systems whose cost-benefit is open to doubt.
(CNET News) About three dozen high-level lobbyists met quietly at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to concoct a way to drastically reduce the deluge of unsolicited e-mail. The invitation-only lunch meeting, which lasted about two hours, started a process that could result in an industry agreement on new laws or self-regulation.
(Heise) Die Düsseldorfer Bezirksregierung hat im juristischen Tauziehen um Website-Sperrungen nochmals nachgelegt. Erst Ende Juli hatte sie die Widersprüche von 38 Providern gegen ihre Sperrungsverfügung vom Februar zurückgewiesen. Daraufhin klagte rund ein Dutzend der betroffenen Unternehmen gegen die Verfügung. Nun hat die Behörde den sofortigen Vollzug der Sperrverfügung angeordnet und damit die aufschiebende Wirkung der laufenden Klagen ausgehebelt. Die Provider müssen die Sperrung nun umgehend umsetzen, sofern sie nicht vor Gericht einen Antrag auf Aussetzung des sofortigen Vollzugs stellen.
(Heise) Das Bezirksgericht Zürich hat den ETH-Assistenzprofessor Thomas Stricker vom Vorwurf der Rassendiskriminierung wegen Verbreitung rassistischer Links freigesprochen. Die Bezirksanwaltschaft hatte 5000 Franken Bußgeld beantragt, weil Strickers Homepage Links enthielt, die laut Anklage zu rassendiskriminierenden Texten führten. Die Richterin vertrat die Auffassung, dass mit einem Link "ein fremder Inhalt bereitgehalten" werde. Die Links des Angeklagten hätten jedoch nicht auf rassistische Seiten verwiesen. Dem Angeklagten könne nicht zugemutet werden, alle von den Websites aufgeführten weiterführenden Links zu überprüfen.
(vnunet) A Crown Court judge has called for airline companies to seize mobile phones from passengers before flying. Judge Timothy Mort was speaking after sentencing a man to four months in jail for using his phone to play a game during a flight.He called for all mobiles to be confiscated as passengers board an aircraft, pointing out that the devices can affect communications and cause auto-pilot systems to malfunction.
(RAPID) Anna Diamantopoulou, European Commissioner responsible for Employment and Social Affairs, European Parliament's Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs. The speech is about the fight against discrimination, particularly discrimination based on racial or ethnic origin but also religion or belief, age, disability and sexual orientation.
(Pressemitteilung) Ab welchem Alter sollen Kinder das Internet nutzen? Wie viel Zeit sollten sie mit Surfen verbringen? Wie können Kinder vor möglichen Gefährdungen geschützt werden? Diese Fragen beantwortet kurz und übersichtlich das Faltposter "Der richtige Dreh im www" des Bundesministeriums für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend und der Gesellschaft für Medienpädagogik und Kommunikationskultur (GMK).
(CNET Reviews) Some of you may not realize this (or care), but there's a difference between hackers and crackers.
(Washington Post) As the White House moves to finalize a national plan to better secure cyberspace, high-tech firms and other companies are continuing a furious campaign to have some recommendations struck from the document. The administration no longer plans to recommend that Internet service providers such as America Online, MSN and EarthLink bundle firewall and other security technology with their software. Instead, it will ask ISPs to "make it easier" for home users to get access to such protections.
(vnunet) Blizzard Entertainment has dropped more than 14,000 players from the online version of its Warcraft III game after catching them cheating.
(CNET News.com) Six top financial institutions have met privately with AOL Time Warner, Microsoft, IBM and other leading corporate instant messaging providers and urged them to build communications networks that interoperate. For the Wall Street firms, a lack of IM interoperability has been a source of increasing frustration and a possible pinch on profits.
(Reuters) Private Media Group, a publicly traded adult entertainment site based in Spain, has made an offer to acquire the assets of defunct song-swapping site Napster. Private Media said it plans to use the Napster trademark to offer millions of adults worldwide the ability to swap adult-oriented content for free and to also gain access to "top quality" content at a reasonable price. Private Media claims to own the largest library of adult-oriented content in the world, with global copyrights to the content.
(Le Soir) Au pays du matin calme, l'utilisation de l'internet via le portable rencontre un franc succès.
(CNET News.com) Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once quipped that though he couldn't define pornography, he knew it when he saw it. Will filtering software ever have it that easy? Not anytime soon, and not without a lot of human intervention, according to language expert Geoffrey Nunberg. The Internet is too vast and diverse, and the applications too indiscriminate in their quest for the obscene and the pornographic, he says.
(Guardian) For the first time, Europe has more internet users than the US. According to Irish-based industry monitor Nua.com, Europe has almost 186 million users, while Canada and the US register 182 million. The difference may not seem substantial, but Europe is still a growing market. As the European market continues to increase, the battle to dominate the continent's internet service provision is becoming increasingly heated. There are three big players in Europe's ISP market; Germany's T-Online, France's Wanadoo and Italian Tiscali. Between them, they control the market with a total of around 25m regular subscriptions.
(Globe and Mail) What's the fastest way to eat up bandwidth? Keep running a peer-to-peer file-sharing program. So says Marc Morin in a paper called The Effects of P2P on Service Provider Networks. He has measured exactly how much P2P technology is influencing the Internet. We were all wrong when we tried to calculate P2P traffic by adding up the size of the MP3 files we were swapping. The real problem is the peer-to-peer software itself: The two main P2P networks, Kazaa and Gnutella, now make up an astonishing proportion of all Internet traffic - about 40 to 60 per cent.
(Netzeitung) In Nordrhein-Westfalen soll der Zugang zu kritischen Websites gesperrt werden. Der Chaos Computer Club holt jetzt eine Konferenz zur Informationsfreiheit am Montag den 16.09.2002 nach Düsseldorf. Konferenz zu Informationsfreiheit, Kontrolle von Inhalten und Zensur im Internet
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