QuickLinks - 18 November 1997
issue no. 17
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
- FTC warns 180 Internet Web site operators () Consumer protection officials in 25 countries have informed hundreds of Internet Web site operators that their get-rich-quick business opportunities and pyramid schemes may be illegal. International Internet Sweep Day was conducted Oct. 16, the Federal Trade Commission announced Monday.
Data Protection (privacy)
- Public Concerned With Internet Privacy (Real.Content) More than 80 percent of the public is concerned with privacy and security when placing personal and financial information on the Internet, according to a national survey commissioned by software company Taxsoft Inc.
- OECD targets Internet trade barriers (internetnews.com - Reuters) Business transacted over the Internet will not flourish unless governments tear down barriers to electronic trade, an OECD official told Reuters in an interview.
Joanna Shelton, deputy secretary general of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, said as more business takes to the Internet, its growth could be thwarted by conflicting national regulations and double taxation.
- Europe Looking at Net Content Rules (Wired - Reuters) The European Commission is expected to adopt Internet content guidelines that would leave it up to service providers and publishers to cooperate with individual governments to devise rules to keep online kids away from pornography and other potentially offensive material.
Market & Technology
- Siemens, Motorola Team For TV-Phone link (Reuters) Germany's Siemens and Motorola today joined forces to get a jump on an expected boom for new equipment as telecommunications markets around the world open up to competition. Siemens said its public communications group and Motorola agreed to jointly manufacture and market systems to let cable television companies offer phone services over their networks.
- France Telecom Tests "SurfTV" Set-Top Box (Internetnews.com) National telecommunications provider France Telecom stepped up its
efforts to bring Internet access to every home in France by launching
market trials for a set-top device called SurfTV.
- Pacts Promise Cable News On Web (Inter@ctive Week) The mating of cable television, news and the World Wide Web is on.
- Consumer Reports sets up for-pay Web site (Wired) Consumer Reports Monday was set to launch its "commercial-free zone" on the Internet, as the subscriber-supported group makes its first stab at bringing its gadget and service reviews to the Web.
- Microsoft To Launch Computer Mall On Net (Inter@ctive Week) Microsoft Corp. plans to launch an Internet-based mall for computer users. Microsoft plans to bundle computer-related content taken from its own Microsoft Network with news and information supplied by outside publishers, such as CNet Inc., operator of news.com, computers.com and other Web sites, and Ziff-Davis Inc., which publishes Inter@ctive Week, among other technology publications
Internet access and use
- AOL users top 10 million (NandoNet - Reuters) America Online Inc. said Monday it has more than 10 million subscribers around the world. The world's largest online service provider, which early this year got complaints from subscribers who could not get access to its network, said it has added 3 million subscribers over the last 12 months in North America, Europe and Japan.
- Nortel, Rockwell Partner on 'Light ADSL' (Inter@ctive Week) Northern Telecom Inc. and Rockwell Semiconductor Systems are expected to announce this morning that they will work together to develop technology that moves data at faster speeds over copper telephone lines. The two companies had independently announced what is being called a "light" version of Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) technology, which would boost data transmissions over copper to 1 megabit per second and reach a higher percentage of telephone customers than faster versions of ADSL, which operate at speeds up to 8 Mbps.
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