- EU - EDRi and EuroISPA attack EC's demands for notice and takedown +/-
(EDRi-gram) EDRi and the European ISP Association (EuroISPA) have prepared a joint civil society/industry position on the European Commission's draft informal recommendation for the takedown of websites which have been accused of being illegal. The recommendation's scope is nominally restricted to child abuse websites, terrorism and racism. However, the proposal already represents a "mission creep" of aspects of policies used for the removal of child abuse websites and, therefore, further "mission creep" into other areas can be considered inevitable.
- Google says China licence renewed by government +/-
(BBC) The Chinese government has renewed Google's licence to operate in China, ending a long-running stand-off between the two. Google gave no details of the licence renewal. There had been speculation China would revoke the licence after Google began redirecting Chinese users to its unfiltered search site in Hong Kong. But, in a conciliatory move towards Beijing, Google said it would no longer automatically redirect users.
- IS - Iceland - first steps for a new media haven +/-
(EDRI-gram) Iceland's Parliament has recently accepted a proposal by Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (IMMI) asking the Icelandic Government to find "ways to strengthen freedoms of expression and information freedom in Iceland, (and provide) strong protections for sources and whistleblowers." Its approval by the Parliament may turn Iceland into a haven for media, with one of the strongest freedom of expression and whistleblowing protection laws. The IMMI has proposed several legal reforms including the limitation of the scope of an exception to existing source protection laws, the increase of protections for whistleblowers employed by the state and the creation of a law similar to the free speech-protecting anti-SLAPP (Strategic Litigation against Public Participation) law of California.
- TR - Turkey goes into battle with Google +/-
(BBC) A ban on YouTube was imposed by a court in Ankara on 5 May 2008, after a series of 17 temporary bans the preceding year. The grounds by the courts given each time varied, but they followed a number of complaints from Turkish citizens about videos on YouTube deemed insulting to Kemal Ataturk, the country's revered first president. In 2007 the government passed a sweeping law regulating the internet, known as Law No 5651. It allows a court to block any website where there is "sufficient suspicion" that a crime has occurred. The eight crimes listed include child pornography, gambling, prostitution, and "crimes against Ataturk". Insulting or denigrating Ataturk was already a crime. The Turkish government refuses to publish statistics, but campaigners for internet freedom estimate that more than 4,000 websites are currently blocked, making internet censorship in Turkey amongst the heaviest in the world.
- Wikileaks founder Julian Assange: more revelations to come +/-
(Guardian) Whistleblowing site Wikileaks says it has a 'backlog' of further secret material after publication of Afghanistan war logs.
- ACTA Coming Down to Fight Between U.S. and Europe +/-
(Michael Geist) With the leak of the full ACTA text the simmering fight between the U.S. and the E.U. on ACTA is now being played out in the open. The biggest source of disagreement remains scope of the agreement, with the U.S. (supported by Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Singapore) pushing for an agreement limited to trademark and copyright, while the E.U. and Switzerland seeking to extend it to all intellectual property.
- EU - Google to allow trade marks as keywords across Europe +/-
(OUT-LAW News) Google will let companies use competitors' trade marks as keywords to trigger search adverts in all European countries for the first time. The move will test the interpretation of a number of EU and national court rulings on the controversial practice. Google's AdWords system sells the right to have an ad displayed when a specific term is searched for in the Google search engine. The adverts are displayed beside the natural search results, ranked by which advertiser bid most and by the ad's relevance. Many of the keywords sponsored by companies will be general words, such as 'car', or their own brand names. But some advertisers use competitors' brands as triggers for their own ads. Some companies claim that this practice is an infringement of the competitor company's trade mark rights, and courts in France have ruled that the practice infringes trade mark rights.The European Court of Justice (ECJ), though, ruled that a trade mark right is only infringed if the advert creates confusion about what company is behind the advert.
- Plagiarism Lines Blur for Students in Digital Age +/-
(New York Times) Professors used to deal with plagiarism by admonishing students to give credit to others and to follow the style guide for citations, and pretty much left it at that. But many students simply do not grasp that using words they did not write is a serious misdeed. It is a disconnect that is growing in the Internet age as concepts of intellectual property, copyright and originality are under assault in the unbridled exchange of online information, say educators who study plagiarism.
- AU - Australia orders Google 'privacy breach' investigation +/-
(BBC) The Australian police have been ordered to investigate Google for possible breach of privacy while taking pictures for its Street View service. Australia's attorney general said he had asked police to probe the internet giant following complaints that Google had gathered personal data from some unencrypted wi-fi services. Google has admitted doing so, but apologised, saying it was in error. see also Google is 'close' to handing over German wi-fi data.
- Did we pronounce privacy dead this week? +/-
(CNET) by Caroline McCarthy. Does privacy exist anymore? Do we even know what it is? A conversation between digital academics Jeff Jarvis and Danah Boyd at the Supernova conference capped off a week in which many peoples' perceptions of the tension between public and private data online were shaken (and stirred).
- EU - Letter from the Article 29 Working Party to search engine operators +/-
(Europa) Letter from the Article 29 Working Party addressed to search engine operators (Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!). Letter from the Article 29 Working Party addressed to Federal Trade Commission related to search engine operators (Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!). Letter from the Article 29 Working Party addressed to Viviane Reding, European Commission Vice-President in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship related to search engine operators (Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!).
- EU - Letter from the Article 29 Working Party to Social Networking sites +/-
(Europa) 12.05.2010 Letter from the Article 29 Working Party addressed to Signatories of the "Safer Social Networking Principles for the EU" and to Facebook.
- Facebook data harvester speaks out +/-
(BBC) The man who harvested and published the personal details of 100m Facebook users has spoken out about his motives. Ron Bowes, a security consultant, used a piece of code to scan Facebook profiles, collecting data not hidden by the user's privacy settings. The list, which contains the URL of every searchable Facebook user's profile, name and unique ID, has been shared as a downloadable file.
- Facebook moves to limit third party application's access to data +/-
(BBC) Facebook has begun to roll out changes to the site in its efforts to appease critics of its privacy practices. The change means that games and applications installed on a person's profile must specify what personal information they will access and use.
- AU - Fractious ISPs may fumble their chance on internet filter +/-
(The Australian) Australian ISPs have an opportunity to see off Labor's mandatory internet censorship laws, but their disunity could let it slip. For three years, the internet lobby has been fighting a losing battle to stop the laws, which would require them to put filters in place that would, in theory, block illegal internet content. Last week, the federal government delayed the legislation and gave ISPs an opportunity to work within a voluntary filtering scheme adopted by Optus, Telstra and Primus. However, the voluntary filter scheme rather has fractured the industry than united it, with two major ISPs, Internode and TPG, refusing to co-operate.
- DE - Bundeskriminalamt fordert erneut Sperren von Kinderpornographie +/-
(Heise) Das Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) ist weiterhin unzufrieden mit den eigenen Möglichkeiten zur Bekämpfung von Kinderpornographie im Web. Einschlägige Seiten "bleiben trotz aller Löschungsbemühungen eine zu lange Zeit abrufbar", zitiert Die Welt aus einer Studie der Wiesbadener Polizeibehörde für das erste Halbjahr 2010. 40 Prozent der Webangebote, die Bilder sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs zeigen, sind demnach eine Woche nach einem Hinweis der deutschen Ermittler noch abrufbar. Bis zum Verschwinden der Webseiten gibt es laut dem Bericht "immense Zugriffszahlen", was zu "einer Störung der öffentlichen Sicherheit und Ordnung" führe. Das BKA plädiert deshalb für das Sperren der Angebote bis zu ihrer Löschung.
- ID - Indonesia Finds Banning Pornography Is Difficult +/-
(New York Times) Indonesia's information minister said that local service providers would have to start blocking online pornography by the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which starts Aug. 11. That deadline is fast approaching but no official decree has been issued, no list of banned sites has been published and no details have surfaced on who will pay for monitoring and screening of Web sites. The minister has, however, threatened the roughly 230 Internet service providers in Indonesia with closure if they fail to block pornographic sites for the country's 40 million Internet users.
- IL - Israeli police block overseas gambling websites +/-
(Haaretz) Israeli would-be gamblers will be left bereft of a venue after the police ordered Israel's Internet service providers to block access to overseas gambling websites. Gambling is illegal in Israel, explain the police. This is the first time Israeli ISPs have been ordered to block sites. Israel Police representatives visited every Israeli ISP over the past few days to personally deliver the directive. The police handed the providers a list of overseas gambling sites and their IP (Internet protocol) addresses to be blocked. According to the police order, the sites "provide a place for illegal gaming for lotteries or gambling, as defined in Section 224 of the Penal Code."
- CN - China's plan to use internet for propaganda +/-
(Sydney Morning Herald) The Chinese Communist Party has detailed its ambitious but secretive strategy for transforming the internet into a force for keeping it in power and projecting "soft power" abroad. An internal speech by China's top internet official, apparently posted by accident on an official internet site before being promptly removed, outlines a vast array of institutions and methods to control opinion at home and also "create an international public opinion environment that is objective, beneficial and friendly to us". Concerning the Development and Administration of Our Country's Internet, Report by Wang Chen, Deputy Director, Propaganda Department, Communist Party of China (CPC) Director, External Propaganda Department, CPC Director, Information Office, State Council, People's Republic of China. Delivered on April 29, 2010 before the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.
- EU - Bringing European values to the Internet of Things +/-
(RAPID) Speech by Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, 2nd Annual Internet of Things Conference Brussels, 1st June 2010.
- EU - Why Europe needs the Digital Agenda +/-
(RAPID) Speech by Neelie Kroes, World Congress on Information Technology, Amsterdam, 25 May 2010. see also Building the Networked World (BBC).
- 2010-09-28 EU, Warsaw - 4th International Conference Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online +/-
(Saferinternet.pl) The 4th International Conference "Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online", which will take place at the Novotel Warsaw Airport, on 28-29 September 2010, is organized by the Polish Safer Internet Center, established by the Research and Academic Computer Network (NASK) and the Nobody's Children Foundation. Klicksafe, a German project devoted to Internet safety, is also involved in the preparations for the Conference, organized within the framework of the European Commission's "Safer Internet" program. The main partner of the event is Orange Foundation. The Warsaw conference will bring together representatives from the education sector, NGOs, law enforcement, government and industry. It will address a wide variety of issues relating to children and young people's safety online, such as identifying computer crimes against the youngest Internet users, grooming, cyberbullying, child safety and mobile phones, online gaming and Internet addiction.
- 2010-10-22 EU, Luxembourg - Safer Internet Forum 2010 +/-
(Europa) How do children use online technologies? Are parents up to speed? How to cope with risks? The 2010 edition of the Safer Internet Forum will take place in Luxembourg on the 21-22 October. This year the Safer Internet Forum will focus on the results of two major research projects funded by the Safer Internet Programme: EUKidsOnline II, which surveyed children and parents in 25 European countries about internet use, and European Online Grooming Project, the first European research project that studies the characteristics and behaviour of sexual offenders who have used the internet to groom young people. The results of research will be put in context in 3 parallel sessions on 21 October and a plenary session on 22 October. see agenda.