- An exploration of predatory behaviour in cyberspace: Towards a typology of cyberstalkers +/-
(First Monday) by Leroy McFarlane and Paul Bocij. Over the last few years governments, law enforcement agencies, and the media have noted increases of online harassment. Although there has been a great deal of research into 'offline stalking', at this moment in time there has been no formal research that attempts to classify cyberstalkers. This study aimed to identify a classification of cyberstalkers by interviewing victims. Twenty-four participants were interviewed and their responses logged on a 76-item Cyberstalking Incident Checklist. A typology of cyberstalkers was developed.
- CA - Software will help track online pedophiles +/-
(Globe and Mail) Microsoft has been developing a child exploitation linkage tracking system, or CELTS. The program will essentially take a face print of each child in the images. Much like a set of fingerprints, those can be compared with other images seized from around the world. CELTS will allow police to build a profile of accused pedophiles from the information stored on seized computers, one that includes who they chat with and what messages they may have posted to newsgroups.
- UK - Child porn 'endlessly recycled' +/-
(Guardian) The NSPCC warned that children who have been abused by people producing pornographic photographs for the internet are likely to suffer life-long damage. An analysis of 140,000 images of child pornography posted on websites over six weeks found 35,000 were pictures showing the systematic abuse of just 20 children, none of whom had featured before on known pornographic sites. This worked out at an average of 1,750 images of each child, none of whom could be identified or located. Even the children's home countries were in doubt, according to University of Cork researchers, who were looking into the activities of European paedophile networks.
- UK - Internet 'groomer' gets five-year sentence +/-
(Guardian) A 64-year-old man who used a false teenage persona to prey on young girls in MSN internet chatrooms was sentenced to five years in prison. Police called Douglas Lindsell, 64, of Twickenham, 'the most prolific internet groomer ever caught' and said his conversations with the girls were 'overtly sexual in nature'. Scotland Yard said Lindsell pretended to be a teenage boy in online teenager zones, allowing him to correspond with 54 girls in the UK. He compiled explicit sexual profiles of over 20 girls. In addition to the five year prison sentence, Kingston crown court placed Lindsell on the sex offenders register for 10 years, and placed him under a restraining order which prohibits any employment that would engage him in contact with children under the age of 16. see also The perfect family man who preyed on young chatroom girls.
- IN - India Bans Web Group, Blocks Yahoo Forums +/-
(AP) A government ban on an Internet discussion group run by an obscure separatist movement has ended up blocking access to popular, unrelated Yahoo forums in nearly all of India. India's Computer Emergency Response Team, a section of the Information Ministry that normally deals with hackers and virus attacks, ordered the discussion group blocked in mid-September for 'promoting anti-national news and containing material against the government. But for technical reasons, Indian Internet service providers were unable to block just the Kynhun site - and had to shut down every Yahoo discussion group.
- NO - European watchdog approves Norwegian cable porn ban +/-
(Aftenposten) The ESA (European Free Trade Agreement Surveillance Authority) will not challenge Norway's ban on cable-TV porn. ESA considered the situation after Norway's Mass Media Authority warned tougher measures against ineffective censorship of porn films broadcast on cable TV channels, and accepts the MMA stance. Norwegian authorities have long been annoyed by cable-TV channels that allowed easy workarounds to remove the black bars Norwegian censors place over strategically sensitive areas of the image in hard-porn movies. By using their remote controls to switch to Swedish versions of their porn channels, users would bring up Swedish subtitles. Since the black bars were linked to Norwegian subtitles, this change produced uncensored porn.
- NO - Norway ends 90 years of film bans +/-
(BBC) The Norwegian censors have abruptly reversed a ban on nearly 300 films, meaning that all films which were previously forbidden in the country can now be legally screened. It is 90 years since film censorship began in Norway, but the Norwegian Board of Film Classification has celebrated the anniversary by ending prohibition in favour of classification. see Press Release (NBFC).
- US - FCC Proposes Shock Radio Fine +/-
(AP) The Federal Communications Commission proposed the second-biggest fine ever for indecency: $357,000 against Infinity Broadcasting for a radio segment in which a couple was said to be having sex in New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral.
- US - Court: Cable-based ISPs must provide line access +/-
(Reuters) In a pivotal decision that could shift the competitive balance among Internet service providers, a U.S. appeals court said the Federal Communications Commission erred last year in ruling that cable-based ISPs were not obliged to give rivals access to their networks. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals suggests that cable-based ISPs should be subject to the same strict rules governing phone-based Internet service providers, which are generally required to open their lines to competing services. see also FCC decision.
- EU - Commission warns eight Member States on telecom networks +/-
(EurActiv.com) The Commission has launched infringement proceedings against eight Member States for their failure to fully implement the EU's Directives establishing the new regulatory framework for electronic communications. The deadline for the EU-wide application of the Directives establishing the new regulatory framework for electronic communications expired on 25 July 2003. On 8 October, the Commission sent letters of formal notice to Belgium, Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Portugal, calling on these countries to report on their compliance with the Directives within two months.
- EU - The future of ENUM, VoIP, IM, mobile phones, the Internet? Click here +/-
(Register) An extensive and wide-ranging report to the European Commission is a must-read for anyone interested in the future of ENUM, Internet phones, Instant Messaging, mobile phones and the Internet in general. The report [pdf], written by Joe McNamee and Tiina Satuli of Political Intelligence, is intended as a guide to possible future regulation by Europe regarding new and emerging technologies and will be debated in Brussels on 14 October.
- EU diskutiert Zukunft der Netz-Regulierung +/-
(Heise) Wenn Netze und Märkte zusammenwachsen, müssen dann auch die Regulierer konvergieren? Mit dieser Frage beschäftigt sich Mitte Oktober eine Konferenz der EU Kommission, für die Brüssel nun zwei fette Studien über die Regulierungsprobleme in konvergenten Netzen vorgelegt hat.
- 2003-10-16 EU, Brussels - Workshop on Unsolicited Commercial Communications or Spam (Update) +/-
(Europa) A workshop on unsolicited commercial communications or spam will take place in Brussels on 16 October 2003. Building on the ‘opt-in’ regime to be introduced in all Member States by the end of October, the workshop will aim at discussing additional measures needed to address the various legal, technical and educational facets of spam e.g.: effective enforcement by public authorities, co-operation within industry (filtering, codes of conduct), consumer awareness, international co-operation. The workshop will be introduced by Commissioner Liikanen. The results will be used in the context of a Commission Communication expected later this year on the subject. The workshop is primarily addressed at Member States, industry and consumer associations, but is open to all interested parties. Attendance is free of charge but prior registration is required. see Issue paper, Proposed agenda, Basic information on the rules applicable to unsolicited communications and SPAM: European Commission goes on the offensive (Press Release of 15 July 2003).
- 2003-10-14 OSCE, Warsaw - Prevention of Discrimination, Racism, Xenophobia and Anti-Semitism +/-
(OSCE) Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2003. Tuesday, 14 October. Working sessions 12 & 13. Side event: Discrimination on the Internet Convenor: International Network Against Cyber Hate. Summary: An audio visual presentation of cyber hate that can be found on the Internet. Outline of problems and facts & figures. Discussion between participants and experts about possible solutions. Experts: Ronald Eissens, director Dutch Complaints Bureau for Discrimination on Internet, Rafal Pankowski, Never Again Association Poland and Gérard Kerforn, MRAP France and Suzette Bronkhorst, International Network Against Cyber Hate.
- 2003-10-22 UK, London - Scrambling for Safety 7 +/-
(Privacy International) A public meeting on the governments proposed regulations regarding communications data. Organised by Privacy International & the Foundation for Information Policy Research. Hosted by the Department of Information Systems of the LSE Wednesday, 22nd October 2003 2.15 - 5.00.
- 2003-11-03 CZ, Prague - World Telemedia 2003 +/-
(NOC) 3 - 5 November 2003, Corinthia Towers Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic. Europe's Leading Voice, Mobile & Internet Event. Juicy Profit from Premium Billable Content. The 31st running of this leading conference and exhibition continues to focus on genuinely emerging markets created through the launch of new content, billing and technology opportunities such as gambling, pictures, music, games, dating, chat, MMS, voiceXML, 3G, PARTICIPATION TV etc. see Self Regulation Workshop. Wednesday 5 Nov 14.00 - 16.00. This special European Commission organised session on self regulation models for content, especially mobile, will set out the EC’s vision of regulation for services such as 3G and beyond, with input from academics at Oxford University who are studying the best ways to make self regulation of content work.
- 2003-11-22 US, Stanford - Conference on CyberSecurity, Research, and Disclosure +/-
(Stanford Center for Internet & Society) This conference explores the relationship between computer security, privacy, and disclosure of information about security vulnerabilities.
- 2003-11-24 FR, Paris - EGOVOS 3: Open Standards and Libre Software in Government +/-
(EGOVOS) 24-26 November 2003, UNESCO headquarters, Paris, France. The EGOVOS conference is a high-level international event covering the topic of free/open source software (commonly referred to as Libre Software in Europe), interoperability and open standards in the government sphere. Researchers and developers, local, regional, national and international users and stakeholders, as well as management experts and industry attend. The conference will provide an unrivalled open platform in which to debate and to exchange views on the viability of Libre Software in the design and implementation of affordable, scalable, secure eGovernment services.
- 2003-12-03 DE, Berlin - Online Educa Berlin 2003 +/-
(Conference) The world's largest international e-learning conference and Europe's leading annual gathering of distance education professionals, with 1127 participants from 64 countries world-wide in 2002. Join us on December 3th for this year?s 9th consecutive yearly event and meet the experts in the vanguard of technology-supported learning from around the world!
- 2003-12-11 BE, Brussels - Spectrum trading workshop +/-
(Analysys) The spectrum trading workshop forms a major component of a project entitled Study on conditions and options in introducing secondary trading of radio spectrum in the European Community. This work, commissioned by the European Commission, is being conducted by Analysys Consulting, DotEcon and Hogan & Hartson. Work has kicked off in September and is expected to be completed in May of 2004. ee the press release or visit the EC website.
- 2004-03-13 US,Stanford - Securing Privacy in the Internet Age +/-
(Stanford Law School) Stanford Law School announce an open call for papers addressing the ways in which application of various legal doctrines could induce software vendors, hardware companies and system administrators to adopt security-enhancing practices, report unauthorized disclosures of private information, properly value and remedy harm flowing from privacy breaches, while promoting vigorous competition and innovation. Interested parties should submit a 200 word abstract describing the proposed paper. The deadline for submissions is October 13