- EU - Better regulation for Europe's media industry: the Commission's approach +/-
(RAPID) Speech by Mrs Reding. Audiovisual Conference - Between Culture and Commerce, Liverpool, 22 September 2005. I am determined to find the best possible, future-proof balance between a light burden on industry, in order to boost Europe's competitiveness and to encourage successful cross border services on the one hand, and on the other hand the pursuit of undisputed public policy objectives, such as protection of minors or the fight against racial hatred. I have heard and read here and there, that Brussels intends to regulate the Internet, to introduce new red tape. Frankly, this is nonsense! Never ever has the Commission had such a foolish idea! But let me ask you some questions: who in this room is in favour of child-pornography on the new media? Who stands for the freedom to spread incitement to racial hatred on the new media? If one of the service providers present here in this room considers that these abuses are just business-as-usual, he should stand up and take the floor. It is the duty of the Commission to propose a framework under which these shared European values are protected. But I have no intention to "regulate the Internet"! On the scope of the future legal framework for audiovisual services, nearly everyone agrees that ensuring a level playing field among platforms delivering similar audiovisual content falls into the remit of the European lawmaker. In any case, technological change and convergence lead to a multiplication of services. It is necessary to have a technologically neutral regulatory approach, taking into account the degree of choice and control of the consumer. That is why we make a clear distinction between linear and non-linear services.
- CoE - Human rights in the information society on agenda +/-
(EDRI) On 12 and 13 September the Council of Europe convened a Pan-European Forum on 'Human Rights in the Information Society: Responsible Behaviour by Key Actors' with representatives from state, industry and civil society. The Forum was a follow-up to the recent Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Information Society, plus general Council of Europe priorities regarding the protection of children and internet content. The Forum aimed at identifying and discussing 'responsible' and 'irresponsible' behaviour by key actors and how states, industry and civil society can work together (inter alia through partnerships, policy making, greater awareness and education) to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights in the Information Society.
- EU - ITV boss calls for relaxation of product placement rules +/-
(Guardian) ITV chief executive Charles Allen has called for a 'radical rethink' of European media regulation, including the sweeping away of rules preventing product placement. Talking to broadcasters and policy makers at the i2010 European Broadcast convention in Liverpool, Mr Allen said commercial broadcasters had to be given the freedom to look beyond traditional advertising revenues, and his call was backed by the European Union's commissioner for media, Viviane Reding.
- EU - Hi-tech firms fear EU regulation +/-
(Guardian) New European Union proposals to further deregulate the television market could have a negative impact on the internet industry, lobbying groups for UK hi-tech companies warned. As the EU commission met politicians and industry groups at the i2010 European Broadcast convention in Liverpool, trade groups warned that plans to update the TV Without Frontiers directive could usher in regulation of the internet 'via the back door'. See also EC regulation 'could stifle' net BBC.
- EU - Murdoch calls for 'bonfire' of media regulations +/-
(Guardian) BSkyB chief executive James Murdoch has called for the scrapping of European media regulations in a 'bonfire of controls'. 'This is not a plea for freedom without restraint. I take as my starting point the requirement that broadcasters, like anyone else, should be bound by laws on decency, the protection of minors, human dignity and so on,' he told broadcasters and politicians at the European Broadcast convention. 'Beyond that, however, broadcasting should no longer be regarded as a special case. The purpose of broadcasting regulation should be to ensure competition through freedom in pricing, through secure and transferable property rights, and through the removal of genuine barriers to market entry. Full stop. In broadcasting, it is clear that the great advances that have been made have all occurred, sometimes alongside, sometimes in spite of, but never because of regulation. They are the result of technological progress, allied with free enterprise and open markets.' He said attempts to preserve a distinction between broadcasting and new media, and on-demand services and traditional TV channels, were 'doomed to failure'. see also Rein in the BBC, says Murdoch. See also
Speech by Tessa Jowell, UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Speech by Mark Thompson, Director General BBC,
Speech by James Purnell, UK Minister for Creative Industries and Tourism.
- WSIS - Prepcom-3 Documents +/-
(WSIS) The third meeting of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom-3 of the Tunis phase) takes place in Palais des Nations, Geneva (Switzerland) from 19-30 September 2005. Recent documents include Sub-Committee A Chair releases Chair's Draft on Internet Governance and Highlights: 19-21 September 2005.
- FR - Label « Famille ». +/-
(Forum des droits sur l'internet) Dans le cadre de la Conférence de la famille qui s'est tenue le 22 septembre 2005, le Premier ministre, Dominique de Villepin, a confié au Forum des droits sur l'internet la mission d'établir le cahier des charges d'un label « Famille ». Ce label permettra d'indiquer aux parents les services, outils et informations présentant les meilleures garanties quant à la protection de leurs enfants. Il incitera les professionnels à se doter de bonnes pratiques en matière d'information du public, de fournitures d'outils techniques de protection et de coopération avec les autorités de police. Par ailleurs, le Forum se réjouit tout particulièrement de l´annonce d´une campagne nationale de sensibilisation des familles aux moyens de maîtriser les usages de l´internet.
- FR - Protection des mineurs: le gouvernement met la pression sur les FAI +/-
(ZDNet France) Le gouvernement veut que les logiciels de filtrage et de contrôle parental deviennent une fonction standard de l'accès internet pour protéger les mineurs de «contenus choquants, voire traumatisants», a indiqué Dominique de Villepin. «Je souhaite renforcer l'obligation qui pèse sur les fournisseurs d'accès afin que ces logiciels soient disponibles automatiquement et pour tous», a déclaré le Premier Ministre à l'occasion de la Conférence nationale de la famille 2005. Le directeur de la Délégation aux usages de l'internet (DUI), Benoît Sillard, a rappelé qu'il n'est pas question d'imposer aux FAI de "contrôler les sites", mais bien de fournir aux parents un outil leur permettant d´exercer ce contrôle. Une partie du prochain Baromètre des usages de l'internet que la DUI fait réaliser par Médiamétrie porte sur la protection des mineurs : elle révèle que 83 % des parents n'ont pas de logiciel de protection en service. Voir le Communiqué de presse. voir aussi Intervention du Premier ministre lors de la Conférence de la famille. voir aussi Les parents peinent à encadrer leurs enfants sur le Net (Libération).
- NO - Telenor and KRIPOS introduce Internet child pornography filter +/-
(Press Release) Telenor and KRIPOS, the Norwegian National Criminal Investigation Service, have introduced a new filter against child pornography on the Internet. The filter, which is one of the first of its kind, will prevent access to web sites containing sexual abuse of children. The filter will be placed centrally at Telenor, and no installation at customers' computers will be required. KRIPOS will provide lists of web sites containing child pornography, and Telenor will handle the technical management of the filter. Should any of Telenor's customers attempt to open a web site containing child pornography, a blocking site will automatically pop up, containing information about the filter, as well as a link to KRIPOS.
- UK - Supervise your kids online as software is not enough +/-
(out-law.com) Most parental control software aimed at protecting children online is far from foolproof and human supervision is recommended, according to Computing Which? The consumer magazine tested six popular parental control packages. Which? found that most were too difficult for parents to understand and manage. Only Apple's Tiger operating system scored top marks for ease, said the magazine.