- Boost for web content labelling +/-
(Guardian) Technology firm Segala is spearheading an initiative to help internet users identify trusted web content through a comprehensive labelling system. Irish-based Segala has been developing content labels for more than two years and is now in talks with major web organisations and publishers to roll out the service for a number of applications.
- Internet censorship, at home or state-run, is a political hot potato +/-
(Guardian) by Seth Finkelstein. Would you be surprised to hear US civil liberties groups arguing that internet censorship is cheap, easy, relatively effective and difficult to circumvent? While in reaction, the US government claimed that such efforts had an unacceptable amount of collateral damage? Yet that's what has been happening for more than a decade in litigation involving censoring the internet. While these arguments sometimes descend into a fog of statistics, the overall implications are important for public policy. In the UK, a different set of censorship issues has arisen with BT's Cleanfeed project, intended to block content that is illegal, as gathered by the Internet Watch Foundation.
- UK - Brown unveils classification system for new media +/-
(Guardian) A "labelling" system for media content is under way to help parents protect their children from unsuitable content in the digital age, Gordon Brown revealed. The chancellor said that as part of its responsibilities for content regulation and media literacy Ofcom, the industry regulator, will introduce common labelling standards providing information on the type of content, regardless of the medium concerned: cinema, TV, radio, computer games, or the internet. A Treasury spokeswoman was unable to confirm when the scheme will be introduced.
- 2007-05-14 Geneva 2nd WSIS Action Line C5 Facilitation Meeting +/-
(ITU) WSIS Action Line C5: Building Confidence and Security in the Use of ICTs. The 2nd WSIS Action Line C5 facilitation meeting will be held 14-15 May 2007 at ITU Headquarters (Room K) in Geneva, Switzerland from 9:30-17:30 both days. The meeting is open to all stakeholders and will be held in conjunction with a cluster of events 14-25 May surrounding World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (May 17th). The invitation letter and draft agenda is available here. See also Partnerships for Global Cybersecurity Web site and Background on WSIS Action Line C5.
- 2007-05-15 Brussels EUPACO: Towards a New European Patent System +/-
(EUPACO) We bring together a new group of reputed expert speakers and we invite participants for the second Brussels event on 15 and 16 May. Keynote speakers: Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical Ltd; Ron Marchant, and William Kovacic. Ron Marchant has just retired as Chief Executive of the Patent Office (UK) where he was also Director of Patents for 12 years. Under his leadership, the UK office has become widely known as a leader among national office for its innovative services and policy development. William Kovacic is one of five Commissioners of the Federal Trademark Commission in the U.S. He previously served as General Counsel for the FTC at the time agency conducted its landmark study on patents, innovation, and competition.
- 2007-05-18 UK, Oxford Global Internet Filtering Conference 2007 +/-
(OpenNet Initiative) The OpenNet Initiative is holding its first public conference to discuss the current state of play of Internet filtering worldwide. The conference will be hosted by the Oxford Internet Institute and held at the University of Oxford on May 18, 2007. The conference is free of charge and open to the public. Results from the first global study of Internet filtering carried out by the OpenNet Initiative will be on the table for a day of discussion involving ICT development experts, speech and human rights advocates, journalists and bloggers, international laywers and scholars, and others interested in state responses to online information flows. We hope you will join us in exploring interpretations and implications of our data and helping to shape the OpenNet Initiative's evolving research agenda.
- 2007-06-21 Geneva ITU/EBU High-Level Experts Meeting on Competitive Platforms for Digital Content +/-
(ITU) The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) are jointly organizing a high-level experts meeting to identify global trends and to address the new technological and policy challenges in the digital content delivery environment. The ITU/EBU High-Level Experts Meeting on 'Competitive Platforms for Digital Content' will be held from 21 to 22 June 2007 at EBU Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. It is a unique opportunity which will bring together the world's leading ICT companies, decision-makers, international organizations and governments for a high-level meeting to facilitate the creation of new opportunities for growth in the digital content market.