QuickLinks 11 November 1997
issue no. 15
Links to news items about
legal and regulatory aspects of Internet and the information society, particularly those relating to information content, and
market and technology.
Legal and regulatory issues
- USA - Justice Department Clears AOL-WorldCom-CompuServe Deal (TechWire) America Online said Monday that the federal government had approved the three-way deal that will send CompuServe's subscribers into the AOL fold and cede both online services' physical networks to the rapidly growing WorldCom.
Promoting safe use of the Internet
Warning over Internet 'hate sites'
- Hate-sites have doubled in the past 12 months (BBC) So called "hate-sites" on the Internet have doubled in the past year, according to the Anti-Defamation League. The sites, which offer everything from Nazi symbols to Aryan dating agencies, are part of a worldwide network of sites supporting religious, gender and ethnic intolerance
- U.N. conference targets racism in cyberspace (Wired News) Hate groups are turning to the uncensored world of the Internet to spread anti-Semitism, racism and neo-Nazism, experts at a United Nations meeting said Monday. The number of Internet "hate sites" featuring extremist propaganda has doubled in recent years, with some 200,000 users estimated in the United States alone. Agha Shahi, a Pakistani expert chairing the week-long Geneva meeting, said inciting racial hatred was a violation of human rights and that the Internet should be no exception in banning such propaganda.
Market & Technology
- Apple to sell computers directly over Internet (Nando InfoTech) Apple Computer Inc. said Monday it will build its wares to order and sell them directly to consumers over the Internet. The changes will help the struggling company operate more smoothly and help customers get exactly what they want when they need it, said Apple co-founder Steve
- USA - Lawsuit May Threaten $23-Million in Funds for Next Generation Internet (The Chronicle of Higher Education) The struggle over federal spending on the Next Generation Internet is winding down for the year, and the project's proponents seem to have won about 80 per cent of the $105-million they sought. Now some of them are worrying that a lawsuit will keep the National Science Foundation from spending its share of the money, some $23-million.
Quality of service
- WWW - Web consortium puts forward HTML 4.0 recommendation (InfoWorld) The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) on Monday released HTML 4.0 as a Proposed recommendation, presenting for standards consideration an enhanced version of the Web language with more tools for using forms, frames, and other features.
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