- US- Microsoft patents web link tabbing +/-
(out-law.com) The US Patent and Trademark Office granted Microsoft a patent for the process of tabbing through the hyperlinks on a web page ? a feature that is found on most web browsers and relied upon by many people with disabilities that prevent them using a mouse.
- AU - Nominet wins data mining case +/-
(out-law.com) Nominet UK, the national registry for all .uk domain names, has won an Australian court battle against two men who used information stolen from the registry's database to send misleading domain name notices to thousands of its registrants. In January 2003 Nominet discovered that its WHOIS database, which lists domain names and their owners, had been the subject of data mining attacks. Following the theft, 50,000 registrants received misleading notices from an outfit calling itself "UK Internet Registry".
- BEUC position paper on Digital Rights Management +/-
(INDICARE) Interview with Cornelia Kutterer, Senior Legal Advisor at BEUC (Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs), on the occasion of the organisation's position paper on Digital Rights Management. Cornelia Kutterer is a German lawyer, holding a master's degree in Information technology and communication laws. The interview was conducted by Knud Böhle, ITAS. Abstract: BEUC's 10 page position paper on DRM aims to "set out a clear consumer perspective". This perspective comprises rights of consumers in a narrow sense and societal rights. While chapter one and two sets the scene presenting a general assessment of the current situation, the main part addresses seven issues of consumer acceptance: (1) recognition of consumer rights, namely the right to private copy, to fair commercial practices, and to be informed and refunded for faulty products, (2) a fair, competitive and balanced regime, (3) the right to privacy and private data protection, (4) right to free speech, (5) the Digital Divide, (6) right to maintain the integrity of private property (Trusted Computing), and (7) a chapter on the current levy system which is regarded as unfair. The paper finishes with a fourth chapter containing concluding remarks. The purpose of the interview is to better understand the motivations and arguments of BEUC, and to challenge their reasoning here and there.
- HK - Google news site hit by legal row over copyright +/-
(South China Morning Post) Google forged ahead with its news website despite threats of legal action and allegations by local media of copyright infringement. The controversies arose after the launch of Google's Hong Kong news. The website for Hong Kong news cites news summaries and uses photos from local Chinese language media, including newspaper, radio and television, and provides hyperlinks to their websites.
- UK - Government seeks safer web for kids +/-
(The Register) Home Office minister Paul Goggins wants to make Britain the safest place for kids to be, online and offline, and announced a new campaign to promote online child safety. Speaking at the Promoting Mobile and Internet Safety Conference, Goggins said that although technology offered many valuable services, it still carries many risks. He argued that organisations should work together to better understand the challenges that need to be addressed to make the internet a safer place for children. See Press Release (Home Office).
- UK - Govt Campaign to Warn of Internet Dangers +/-
(eGov monitor Weekly) The Government is planning to mount a major new campaign to raise public awareness of computer security and internet safety risks. Officials from the Home Office and other government departments are currently engaged in talks with the computer and internet industry and law enforcement agencies on a possible joint information initiative. The discussions have been ongoing under the codename 'Project Endurance'.
- UK - Wales - New Pilot Scheme for Internet Safety +/-
(Press Release) WISE KIDS is working in partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government and the Wales Youth Agency to develop and deliver a pilot, innovative "Internet WISE" peer mentoring programme for young people. The programme, which is aimed at 14-19 year olds, can be delivered by youth workers, teachers, librarians, in fact any learning providers who work with young people. WISE KIDS is a Wales based organisation promoting positive and safe Internet use.
- US - Digital Divide: Where To Go From Here +/-
(Kaiser Family Foundation) This issue brief, Children, The Digital Divide, and Federal Policy, includes new research findings and reviews the latest information on wiring the nation's schools and libraries, including points of access, the speed of connection, and what children are doing online. The report also examines current Federal policies and policy ideas that could address the new digital divide. This is the tenth in a series of reports and fact sheets on topics related to children, media and health that pull together the most relevant research on such issues as TV violence, teens online, media ratings, and children and video games.
- 2004-09-13 OSCE, Brussels - Conference on Tolerance and the Fight against Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination +/-
(OSCE) 13 - 14 September 2004 Brussels, Belgium. In the Decision on Tolerance and Non-Discrimination, Ministers in Maastricht reaffirmed their commitment to promote tolerance and non-discrimination. They decided to follow up the work started at the OSCE Conference on Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination, held in Vienna on 4 and 5 September 2003, and welcomed the offer by Belgium to host a second OSCE conference on this subject in Brussels. This Conference aims to build upon the general and specific discussions within the OSCE on racism, xenophobia, discrimination and anti-Semitism that have taken place since the Porto Ministerial Council Meeting in 2002.
- 2004-09-14 UK, London - Promoting Mobile and Internet Safety +/-
(Neil Stewart Associates) Meeting the Responsibility to Protect Children and Young People. Tuesday 14th September 2004. Mayfair Conference Centre, London W12 2EL
- 2004-09-15 CoE, Strasbourg - High-Level Conference on the Challenge of Cybercrime +/-
(CoE) World-wide action against cybercrime is the aim of a Council of Europe conference, to be held in Strasbourg from 15 to 17 September.
- 2004-10-28 US, New York - State of Play: Reloaded +/-
(NYLS) State of Play will be held this year at New York Law School, Tribeca, New York City from Oct 28-30, 2004. The State of Play, an annual conference sponsored by New York Law School and Yale Law School, explores the next frontier in the evolution of cyberspace: virtual worlds. "State of Play: Reloaded" highlights two themes: the role of intellectual property and governance in virtual worlds. Should we import copyright and trademark into virtual spaces? Can we exclude them? What should be the relationship between real and virtual world economies? Should legislatures protect virtual world property? What are the possibilities for using virtual spaces to practice the activities of real world democracy? Should virtual worlds be treated as separate jurisdictions with their own evolving norms and forms of dispute resolution? What is the potential for using virtual worlds to promote democracy and self-governance?