(RAPID) Safer Internet plus, a new 50 million euro, 4-year programme to make the internet safer for children, has been proposed by the European Commission. This programme, running from 2005 to 2008, would build upon EU work under way since 1996 to combat illegal and harmful internet content. Encompassing new media, such as videos, and new issues such as "spam", it would bring in accession countries, and focus more closely on end users: parents, educators and children. It aims to mobilise talent in the public, private and voluntary sectors to prepare hard-hitting safety campaigns. Its four action lines are: fighting illegal content; tackling unwanted and harmful content (including spam); promoting a safer environment, and awareness-raising. see Safer Internet plus proposal COM(2004) 91. see also EU plans safer net for children (BBC).
US cracks down on internet spammers (FT)
Four of the largest US internet service providers filed lawsuits against hundreds of people accused of sending junk e-mail messages, the first broad action under a new US anti-spam law that came into effect on January 1. The new law, known as the Can-Spam Act, criminalises particular tactics that spammers use to send junk e-mail, such as using deceptive subject lines or routing e-mail through third-party computers. AOL was joined in the suit by Microsoft, Earthlink and Yahoo.
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- Anti-Spam Solutions and Security +/-
(SecurityFocus) As a brief review from part one of this article series, current anti-spam solutions fall into four primary categories: filters, reverse lookups, challenges, and cryptography. Each of these solutions offers some relief to the spam problem, but they also have significant limitations. Spam filters do not stop spam. In all cases, the spam is still generated, still traverses the network, and still gets delivered. And unless the user does not mind missing the occasional misclassified desirable email, the spam is still viewed. While filters do help organize and separate email into spam and non-spam groupings, filters do not prevent spam. The first article looked at filters and reverse lookup solutions. This second part now focuses on the various types of challenge-based systems and cryptographic solutions.
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- Study: Very few bloggers on Net +/-
(CNN) Despite the potential of turning every Internet user into a publisher, relatively few have created Web journals called blogs and even fewer do so with regularity, a new study finds. Some bloggers indeed update their journals often, in some cases several times a day. But it's clearly a minority who are taking advantage of the blog and its potential to steer the online discourse with personal musings about news events and daily life. The Pew Internet and American Life Project found that somewhere between 2 percent and 7 percent of adult Internet users in the United States actually keep their own blogs. However, 44% of Internet users have created content for the online world through building or posting to Web sites, creating blogs, and sharing files.
- US - Web Access at 75 Percent +/-
(Reuters) Nearly three of four people in the United States have Internet access at home, Nielsen/NetRatings said. In a February telephone survey, an estimated 204.3 million people, or 74.9 percent of the population above the age of 2 and living in households equipped with a fixed-line phone, had Internet access, up from 66 percent in February 2003. Women were slightly more likely to be Web surfers than their male counterparts.
Michael Geist, jugendschutz.net, EDRI-gram , SafeKids/NetFamilyNews.
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