(Guardian) Gay rights group Stonewall has called on consumers to boycott companies that make offensive advertising after a TV commercial for Yahoo! had to be pulled off the air.
(Xatrix) Brazil is now both a laboratory for cyber-crime and also it's largest exporter worldwide. Brazil is now both a laboratory for cyber-crime and also it's largest exporter worldwide. Digital crime originating from Brazil now includes identity theft, credit card fraud, intellectually property violations and political protest.
(Copenhagen Post) A 44-year-old man, who was arrested as part of the international 'Operation Hamlet' child paedophilia sting operation, pleaded guilty in a Skjern courtroom to sexually abusing his 11-year-old daughter and of distributing child-pornography, thereby avoiding a trial by jury. The man and his wife were arrested after Swedish police, monitoring child pornography on the Internet, traced a company logo on his shirt to the man's workplace in Jutland. He has yet to decide whether to appeal the eighteen-month jail sentence. see also Danish hotline tip uncovers international paedophile ring (BBC).
(Ha'aretz) The child pornography allegedly distributed over the Internet by four Israelis arrested for this crime, included films of three-year-old children being raped. According to police, the suspects - the first ever to be arrested for "online pedophilia" in Israel - earned hefty profits by posting pedophile footage they either purchased or made themselves in an Internet archive that required users to pay to have access.
(Medill News Service) Despite efforts by senior members of both the House and Senate to crack down on Internet child pornography, two proposed bills failed to become law this year. This failure is largely due to disputes over the definition of virtual child pornography, which both bills targeted. Virtual child porn is made with morphed computer images and without real children.
(TACD) The Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue urges the governments of the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) to support efforts by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to formulate guidelines that will encourage member countries to governments fail to protect consumers from fraud and serious deception or to assist victims in obtaining redress in the virtual marketplace.
(Shidler Center) In 2001, the Shidler Center and the High Tech Unit of the Washington Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection Division released "BidderBeware: Towards a Fraud-Free Marketplace in Internet Auctions". A newreport provides updated data concerning Internet auctions and includes interviews with the industry participants who had recommended a menu ofbest practices for consumers and businesses.
(Reuters) A California billing firm has agreed to give up $1.6 million to settle charges that it improperly billed thousands for Internet pornography, the Federal Trade Commission said.
(Felipe Rodriguez) Burning the village to roast the pig - A paper for the OSCE workshop ‘Freedom of the Media and the Internet’. 30 November 2002.
(CNN) Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says a growing number of Chinese citizens are being arrested, tortured and could even face execution for using the Internet as a tool of peaceful political expression.
(Heise) Wer das Zeigen von Internet-Inhalten, die Jugendlichen nicht zugänglich gemacht werden dürfen, lediglich an eine automatische Überprüfung von Ausweis- oder Kreditkartennummern knüpft, wird den gesetzlichen Anforderungen des Jugendschutzes nicht gerecht. Das hat das Amtsgericht Neuss entschieden.
(Fränkischer Tag) Der bayerische Justizminister Manfred Weiß hat die Forderungen des Freistaats nach einer Verbesserung des Jugendschutzgesetzes bekräftigt. Der CSU-Politiker forderte ein gewerbliches Vermietverbot von schwer jugendgefährdenden Gewaltvideos, Video- und Computerspielen, ein Verbot von Video- Verleihautomaten und ein ausdrückliches Verbot so genannter Gotcha- oder Paintballspiele, bei denen reale Tötungsszenen simuliert werden.
(Wired) A small group of Spanish cyberpunks may have saved their country's Internet cafes from being branded as gambling dens. The cyberpunks, who gather at the site Ciberpunk, organized protests after discovering that the president of the Community of Madrid, had proposed a law that would classify Madrid's cybercafes as casinos. If the law had passed, minors would not have been allowed in cybercafes, from which roughly 20 percent of Spain's young Internet users connect to the Internet.
(LawMeme) Following CBS television show by Victoria's Secret Fashion [Ed: a company selling women's underwear], Michael Copps, an FCC commissioner, called for the FCC to expand its definition of "indecent." Copps complained that currently, the FCC only acts against material that is "palpably and demonstrably indecent." see Commissioner Michael J. Copps Calls for Re-Examination of FCC's Indecency Definition (FCC).
(First Monday) by John Willinsky. This paper examines contradictions in how copyright works with the publishing of scholarly journals. These contradictions have to do with the protection of the authors' interest and have become apparent with the rise of open access publishing as an alternative to the traditional commercial model of selling journal subscriptions. Authors may well be better served, as may the public which supports research, by open access journals because of its wider readership and early indications of greater scholarly impact.
(Patent Office) Formal consultation on draft amendments to UK law considered to be necessary to comply with the Directive closed on 31 October. Almost 300 responses have been received. The Patent Office see no prospect of meeting the Directive’s transposition date of 22 December 2002, but remain committed to the earliest possible implementation of this important Directive and will endeavour to implement the Directive by 31 March 2003 at the very latest.
(New York Times) As colleges across the country seek to stem the torrent of unauthorized digital media files flowing across their campus computer networks, students are devising increasingly sophisticated countermeasures to protect their free supply of copyrighted entertainment.
(Washington Post) The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis has seized nearly 100 student computers suspected of containing illegally downloaded music and movies, the toughest action yet in higher education's struggle against the trading of copyrighted material over colleges' Internet servers.
(Le Monde) La Bibliothèque nationale de France qui dispose de la plus importante collection française de jeux vidéo organise une rencontre entre créateurs, éditeurs, universitaires et passionnés pour les sensibiliser à sa mission de conservation d'un patrimoine à l'histoire courte mais riche.
(AP) A new Web site will make thousands of children's books from 100 different cultures available for free to Internet-savvy kids around the world. When it's completed in about five years, the International Children's Digital Library will hold about 10,000 books targeted at children ages 3 to 13.
(vnunet) UK domain registrar Nominet has issued proceedings for an interim injunction for trademark infringement and passing off against Domain Registrar Services (DRS), Scott Denny of DRS, and UK-names.
(BBC) The increasing use of the internet by political activists could provide valuable lessons for the UK Government. At a summit of ministers, business leaders and net experts in London this week, officials acknowledged that the government needed to do more to get citizens engaged in the political process online.
(CDT) The E-Government Act, a bill intended to fundamentally change the way the federal government uses information technology to interact with citizens has been passed by Congress. The final version included several new provisions, notably the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). President Bush is expected to sign the bill into law. Text of S. 803.
(Reuters) The European Commission has endorsed plans to recommend minimum quality standards for Web sites which provide advice on health matters.
(RAPID) Viviane Reding Member of the European Commission responsible for Education and Culture, Medientage Munich, 17 October 2002.
(Heise) Amtliche Abhörer und Mitleser werden keine bundesweit einheitliche gesetzliche Ausgestaltung für ihre Arbeit bekommen - und selbst die technischen Anforderungen, die in puncto Überwachungsmaßnahmen an die zur Zusammenarbeit mit den Behörden verpflichteten Zugangsvermittler gestellt werden, könnten auf unbestimmte Zeit je nach Bundesland divergieren
(EFFI) Leaked but apparently authentic and extremely interesting.
(BBC) UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has promised to give every school, university, hospital and doctors' surgery a high-speed link to the internet. At present many public services connect to the web through a telephone line, but the government wants more access to the broadband connections. see UK - Prime Minister's keynote speech to e-Summit (Number 10) In a keynote speech at the e-Summit the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, said that Britain has the potential to match the 19th Century industrial revolution with 'a 21st Century information revolution'.
(BBC) The government should do more to extend the range of high-speed internet services in the UK, a major report into the progress of broadband Britain has found. In its second annual report the Broadband Stakeholders Group found there had been progress in wiring the nation. But it also saw plenty of room for improvement, especially if the government is to achieve its target of making the UK the best place for e-commerce by 2005. see also E-envoy left in the slow lane (BBC) The man in charge of getting government services online and persuading Britons to connect the internet has admitted that he cannot get broadband.
(CNET News.com) E-mail security company CipherTrust wants your spam. The company is calling on surfers of all stripes to help it wage a fight against spam by sending their unsolicited mass e-mail to its new Web site, Spamarchive.org. The idea is to create a vast public repository of spam, so makers of antispam tools can test their algorithms on the latest mass-messaging trends.
(Yahoo! FR) Le gouvernement Raffarin a finalisé la semaine dernière son «avant-projet de loi relative à l'économie numérique». Il introduit une modification de taille de l'article concernant la responsabilité des hébergeurs. «Tout d'abord, il sépare le régime de responsabilité civile de celui de responsabilité pénale», selon IRIS. Le texte du gouvernement dégage l'hébergeur de toute responsabilité civile dès lors qu'ils n'ont «pas eu connaissance de faits ou de circonstances selon lesquelles l'information ou l'activité illicite est apparente».
(Forum des droits sur l'internet) Suite à un questionnaire adressé aux délégations des quinze Etats membres de l’Union européenne, le Conseil vient de réaliser une synthèse des législations et disparités existantes. La majorité des Etats marquent leur intérêt pour l’adoption d’une décision-cadre au niveau communautaire sur ces questions.
(Heise) Das zunehmend von Jugendlichen genutzte Internet kann nach Meinung der Expertin Professor Karla Misek-Schneider von der Fachhochschule Köln süchtig machen. Anzeichen für eine solche Abhängigkeit seien Müdigkeit, Veränderungen von Schlafgewohnheiten, Leugnen und Lügen, wenn es um die am Computer verbrachte Zeit geht. Hinzu kämen Leistungsprobleme und ein Rückzug von Freunden und Hobbys.
(Guardian) A primary school has banned parents from taking pictures of their children's nativity play to prevent images ending up in the hands of paedophiles. The decision was condemned by the child protection charity Kidscape as an over-reaction which "demeans" the issue of child sex abuse. The head teacher wrote to parents instructing them not to bring cameras or videos to the play after governors expressed concern that pictures could find their way on to the internet.
(New York Times) Does using software to remove potentially offensive language, sex and violence from R-rated movies constitute censorship? Or, by allowing viewers to tailor films to their tastes, is it a reasonable concession to consumer choice?
(Heise) Auf dem 7. Thüringer Mediensymposium wurde der Erfurter Netcode präsentiert, ein Qualitätssiegel für junge Surfer im Internet. Gegründet wurde er von der evangelischen und katholischen Kirche, dem ARD/ZDF-Kinderkanal und der Stadt. Der Kinderkanal hat seinen Sitz in Erfurt. Das neue Qualitätssiegel soll junge Netzbesucher künftig vor Gewalt im Internet schützen.
(Shidler Center) The ABA Task Force for E-commerce and Alternative Dispute Resolution, in cooperation with the Shidler Center, has released its final report and a set of recommended best practices for ODR Service Providers. see also comprehensive bibliography.
(First Monday) by Maura Conway. This paper examines the concept of cyberterrorism. Fringe activity on the Internet ranges from non-violent 'Use' at one end to 'Cyberterrorism' at the other. Rejecting the idea that cyberterrorism is widespread, the focus here is on terrorist groups' 'use' of the Internet, in particular the content of their Web sites, and their 'misuse' of the medium, as in hacking wars, for example. Terrorist groups' use of the Internet for the purpose of inter-group communication is also surveyed
(CNET News.com) When President Bush signed a bill creating the Department of Homeland Security, he started a process that will reshuffle bureaucracies, permit greater Internet surveillance and refocus the government's computer security efforts. The authors of the massive law, which totals about 500 pages, envision a far greater role for the government when it comes to making sure operating systems, hardware and the Internet are secure. The law allocates $500 million for research into new technologies. It also classifies certain activities as new computer crimes, stiffens penalties and permits Internet providers to hand more information about subscribers to police.
(AP) The Pentagon defended an anti-terrorism technology experiment that critics have likened to domestic spying on the financial transactions of ordinary citizens. Pete Aldridge, the chief of technology for the Defense Department, told reporters that the project is intended to test whether new computer tools can comb through masses of information - such as credit card and bank transactions, car rentals and gun purchases - and spot clues to the planning of terrorist acts. see also Pentagon defends 'Big Brother' plans (MSNBC) 11/20/2002,
(CNET News.com) The Internet sustained relatively little damage during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, when the collapsing World Trade Center destroyed lower Manhattan's communications networks, according to a new report. The National Research Council's report, however, warns that Internet service providers must prepare for future emergencies. see The Internet Under Crisis Conditions: Learning from September 11 (CSTB).
(Wall Street Journal) Internet casinos are now losing a number of allies that had supported and promoted their growth. PayPal, one of the most popular ways for gamblers to bet online, halted its gambling payment service. Last month, Yahoo stopped carrying ads for Internet casinos. In another sign of the times, Akamai Technologies says it won't carry ads from gambling clients anymore on its "content servers," whose technology for providing high-quality video and graphics is among the Web's best.
(CNET News.com) A small proportion of dedicated file swappers, known as "bandwidth hogs" within the industry, account for a hugely disproportionate amount of network traffic. Now many of the biggest high-speed ISPs are considering capping the amount of bandwidth that their subscribers can use per month, a move that could undermine subscribers' free swapping ways.
(FOXNews) The San Fernando Valley is home to most of America's pornography industry - videos, Web sites, phone sex businesses, adult toys and even the old-fashioned dirty magazine. While many parts of the nation's economy have suffered, the past five years have been good for the adult industry, as new video and computer technology opened the doors to hundreds of millions of potential customers around the world.
(Heise) Das Internetportal zur Europapolitik EurActiv hat seine englische und französische Sprachversion um eine deutsche Version ergänzt. Geboten werden dort unter anderem Nachrichten, Dossiers, Informationen über Länder und Wahlen sowie Rubriken zu den Themen Zukunft Europas, Erweiterung der EU und Umwelt. Die Informationen sind für Industrieverbände, Nichtregierungsorganisationen und andere Gruppen gedacht, die an den Entscheidungsprozessen der EU teilnehmen, aber auch für die Bürger.
(E-Commerce Times) Compared with a year earlier, e-commerce retail sales in this year's third quarter skyrocketed to their highest dollar value since reporting began in 1999, according to a U.S. Department of Commerce survey.
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