- CENTR Vacancy: General Manager +/-
(CENTR) CENTR is a not for profit organisation, incorporated in the UK, and with staff currently based in Oxford and Salzburg. CENTR was created and funded by country code top level domain registries (ccTLDs) in Europe and beyond. CENTR's members manage the national Internet domain name registries for names registered under their two-letter code (.fr, .uk, .de etc). CENTR provides a forum to discuss matters of policy affecting ccTLDs and acts as channel of communication to Internet governing bodies and others involved in the Internet, promoting the interests of not-for-profit ccTLDs and lobby on their behalf. We are looking to appoint a General Manager. Salary: Negotiable. Deadline for applications: 28 March 2003.
- EU - Belgian consortium heads race to run .eu domain +/-
(IDG) The European Commission is consulting its 15 national member governments over a draft decision to pick a Belgian-led consortium to run the long-awaited .eu top-level domain name registry. The front runner is the Brussels-based European Registry of Internet Domains consortium, or EURID, which has been set up by DNS Belgium vzw/asbl, Istituto di Informatica e Telematica Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche and the Network Information Centre Sweden AB (NIC SE).
- ICANN - Australian chosen to be president +/-
(Sydney Morning Herald) Australia's Dr Paul Twomey has been appointed the new president and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Dr Twomey will replace retiring president/CEO Stuart Lynn, who has served for the past two years, on March 27. For the three years ending November, 2002, he was the first chair of the ICANN governmental advisory committee, a global forum of governmental representatives that provides advice to the ICANN Board on public policy issues.
- ITU - ccTLD DNS Survey Finds Many Errors +/-
(ICANNWatch) ITU has released a survey by Nominum UK that queried all 243 ccTLD's name servers. It would be expected that there would be no mismatches between the root and a ccTLD over the ccTLD's name servers. In fact, 64% of the ccTLDs have mismatched delegation information between themselves and the root.
- UK - Digital TV set to overtake internet +/-
(Guardian) Britain's appetite for digital television is growing so quickly the medium will overtake the internet in terms of penetration by the end of this year, according to the independent television commission. The ITC said more than 10 million homes - 40% of the population - had digital TV at the end of last year. In comparison, 11 million homes were connected to the internet. ITC multichannel quarterly - Q4 2002.
- US - Connected to the Future: A Report on Children's Internet Use +/-
(Corporation for Public Broadcasting) American children regardless of their age, income, or ethnicity, greatly increased their use of the Internet from home, school, or library over the past two years. Yet even with these growth trends, children from under-served populations still significantly lag behind more advantaged children both in home and school access. This report from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting examines both the trends and the implications of children connecting to the Internet.
- US - Legal Issues Don't Hinder American Downloaders +/-
(Ipsos) Downloaders believe their actions are not hurting artists, according to Ipsos, the global marketing research firm. Despite recent efforts to educate the public on the need to respect copyrights and intellectual property in the era of peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing, only one-in-five downloaders age 12 and older agree that free downloading and peer to peer file-trading hurts artists. New findings show that nearly half (48%) of 12-to-17 year olds and 42% of 18-to-24 year olds report they have downloaded music or MP3 files.
- US - Online file-sharing networks bring porn into workplaces +/-
(Mercury News) Child pornography and other sexually explicit videos and images are the most sought-after content on online file-swapping networks, surpassing even the brisk unauthorized music and movie trade. A new study reveals that pornography accounts for more than 40 percent of the traffic on the Gnutella network, which connects such file-sharing services as Morpheus, LimeWire and BearShare. Child porn constitutes a small yet disturbingly measurable percentage of all searches: about 6 percent.
- 2003-04-03 EU, Brussels - Review of the television without frontiers directive, public hearings +/-
(EUROPA) In January, the European Commission adopted a work programme with a view to a possible review of the 1989 "Television without Frontiers" Directive. The questions raised in this work programme are to be the subject of an extensive public consultation. The Commission will publish a communication based on the results of this public consultation at the end of 2003 or beginning of 2004 on the future of audio-visual policy. All interested parties are invited to participate in the public debate by responding to the questions specified in the discussion papers and transmitting their written contributions by 15 July 2003. It will include public hearings in April and June. The documents which will be used as the basis for the debate are now available. The first series of hearings: 2, 3 April 2003 Protection of general interest in television advertising, sponsorship, teleshopping and self-promotion, 4 April 2003 Access to events of major importance to society, Brief extracts of events.
- 2003-04-25 EU, Brussels Workshop on final report of Eurostrategies Study +/-
(Europa) Workshop on final report of Eurostrategies Study on assessment of the Member States measures aimed at fulfilling certain general interest objectives linked to broadcasting, in the context of the new regulatory framework. 25 April 2003 from 10:00- 13:30 in Brussels.
- 2003-05-08 BE, Namur - Collecting and Producing Electronic Evidence in Cybercrime Cases +/-
(CRID) The CRID is organising this Conference in the context of the CTOSE project (EU funded, IST programme). The purpose of this Conference is to address the legal issues involved in handling electronic traces. A background of technical aspects for "non-technicians" will be presented. The event will focus on the legal admissibility of the electronic evidence, as well as on procedural aspects foreseen in the Cybercrime Convention of the Council of Europe and the Proposal Framework decision on attacks against information systems. Then, controversial issues related to the subject matter will be discussed, like the case of traffic data retention. Last but not least, the different interested parties will present their point of view with regard to e-evidence gathering. The event will take place in the Faculty of Law of the University of Namur from 14.00 on 8 May until 15.45 on 9 May 2003. The fee for participants is of 150 Euro.
- 2003-06-23 EU, Brussels - Review of the television without frontiers directive, public hearings +/-
(Europa) 23, 24, 25 June 2003 (provisional) Promotion of cultural diversity and of competitiveness of the European programme industry, Protection of minors and public order - The right to reply, Application (determination of the competent authority, role of the National Regulatory Authorities, etc.)