- EU - A dissemination policy at the service of citizens +/-
(RAPID) Since 1 October 2004, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities, has made all its data and publications available free of charge on the Internet. This significant change enabled Eurostat to fully play its role as a public service institution, by giving free access to economic and social information on the euro-zone, the EU and the 25 Member States. More than 300 million data, from many different domains, are available online. The number of user sessions reached nearly one million per month. There was a six-fold increase in data downloaded.
- EU - Commission launches Internet Discussion Forum on the Future of Europe +/-
(RAPID) The European Commission has launched an internet discussion in 20 languages on the future of Europe. This discussion, which all citizens are invited to join, is part of the Commission's 'Plan D' for Dialogue, Debate and Democracy in response to a call by the European Council for a period of reflection following the negative votes in France and the Netherlands on the proposed Constitutional Treaty.
- EU - European Competition Network launches one-stop access website +/-
(RAPID) The European Competition Network - the European Commission together with the national competition authorities in the EU - has launched a website providing businesses, their advisors, and citizens with information about antitrust enforcement, annual reports and background documents about the Network. The ECN website will inter alia provide one-stop access to news releases from all the national competition authorities, plus the Commission.
- EU - International Mobile Roaming: Commissioner Reding outlines proposal for regulation +/-
(RAPID) Excessive charges for using your mobile phone abroad could soon belong to the past. The European Commission's updated website of international roaming charges adds further weight to its proposal to bring down these charges by means of an EU regulation. The new EU regulation could in particular eliminate all roaming charges for receiving a call when traveling abroad in the EU. In addition, for calls made while travelling abroad in the EU, the new EU regulation could introduce the "home pricing" principle.
- EU - International mobile roaming charges +/-
(Ofcomwatch) At a press conference, Commissioner Vivane Reding, flanked by Kip Meek of Ofcom, currently chairman of the European Regulators Group (ERG), confirmed the intention of the European Commission to seek the adoption of a Regulation on international mobile roaming charges in the EU. The ERG released its own position, and it differs from what is suggested by the European Commission, in that it envisages regulation only at the wholesale level, combined with measures to achieve retail pricing transparency, but not retail price regulation as such (at least not initially - retail price regulation is retained as a reserve option in case of failure of the other envisaged measures).
- Mobile phone users just want to talk +/-
(vnunet.com) Most mobile phone users just want to use their handsets to make voice calls, and are not interested in advanced features such as internet access, email or IM, according to a study carried out for AOL, Associated Press and Pew Research Center.
- UK - Exam authority finds rise in mobile phone cheats +/-
(Guardian) Cheating students are increasingly turning to mobile phones to help them pass exams, according to figures published by the government's exam watchdog. The first detailed breakdown of malpractice by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority reveals a growing use of electronic gadgetry.
- US - Disney offers teen-tracker mobile +/-
(BBC) Disney is launching a US service that will enable parents to monitor how their children use their mobile phones. They will be able to track voice, text, video and picture messages and set limits on their children's calls.
- AU - Giants say no to porn filter trial +/-
(Austrlain IT) Australia's two largest ISPs have rejected invitations to co-operate in the most extensive internet content filtering experiment ever carried out in the country. The trial, to be launched in Tasmania, was expected to include the entire state's internet population. see also Telstra, Optus wait on filters
- FR - Free parental control software in France +/-
(EDRI) As a result of the agreement signed between the French ISPs and the Ministry of the Family on 16 November 2005, starting with 1 April 2006, most of the ISPs started providing a free of charge parental control software to their subscribers. voir aussi Les FAI filtrent plus Net. (01Net). Depuis le 1er avril, la plupart des fournisseurs d'accès mettent à la disposition de leurs abonnés un logiciel de contrôle parental gratuit. C'est le résultat d'un accord passé avec le ministère de la Famille.
- US - Attorney-General calls for mandatory Web labeling law +/-
(CNET News.com) by Declan McCullagh. Web site operators posting sexually explicit information must place official government warning labels on their pages or risk being imprisoned for up to five years, the Bush administration proposed. A mandatory rating system will 'prevent people from inadvertently stumbling across pornographic images on the Internet,' Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said at an event in Alexandria, Va. see Internet Content Rating Association Response (ICRA). ICRA strongly believes that self-regulation of legal Internet content leads to the best balance between the free flow of digital content and the protection of children from potentially harmful material. A nationally mandated system like the one proposed today for sites with sexually explicit material cannot guarantee international compliance. see also US - Attorney-General gives child porn 'wake-up call'
- US - Violent video games often not properly labeled +/-
(Reuters) Most video games rated 'M' for mature audiences fail to disclose violent content on their labels and can easily fall into the hands of children, according to a study. 'Parents should not interpret the absence of a content descriptor to mean the absence of content,' said the study's author, Kimberly Thompson of the Harvard School of Public Health.