QuickLinks - 22 November 1997
issue no. 18
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
Access to public sector information / IT in government
- Dyson boots up (Guardian - Esther Dyson) 'I wasnít afraid of technology [but] I never expected to be a techie,' confesses Esther Dyson, the Internetís most wired woman. Now she can link the creation of a very special glass bowl to the furore in the digital age over intellectual property rights .
- L.A. Times cracks down on framers (News.com) The Los Angeles Times is making sure that no other sites on the Net, no matter how big or how small, are using its material without permission.
- A good day in court for the Web Shetland showdown (Guardian - Duncan Campbell) The great Shetland Web squabble ended on Tuesday afternoon in the Court of Session in Edinburgh as it began - at heart a row between two far north islanders, one of whom in the end preferred going out on his boat to making the long trip south.
Data protection (privacy)
- New gTLDs, Watch Your Wallet (Real.Content) Earlier this year, CORE (Council of Registrars) announced it would introduce seven new generic top level domains (gTLD).To date, CORE has accepted 86 registrars to obtain, enter and modify a registry's data, but the organization is not yet registering the new names. However, with the opening of CORE registration rapidly approaching, many new registrars are offering pre-registration for a price.
- USA - Chief Execs Call For Commerce Legislation (TechWeb) If you ask the CEOs of the nation's largest computer companies, government should do more to encourage the growth of electronic commerce. In a policy paper on e-commerce released by the Computer Systems Policy Project (CSPP) this week, the leaders of America's high-tech industry highlighted seven policy issues for the federal government's consideration.
- OECD - Doubts cloud OECD optimism on Internet trade steps (Nando InfoTech) The OECD believes it has begun to remove constraints on electronic commerce as a result of a conference that ended on Friday, but business has doubts and some delegates expressed exasperation at a perceived lack of concrete progress in the talks.
- OECD - Government, Industry Convene On Global Internet Policy (TechWeb) Turku, Finland - U.S. diplomats said they will oppose tight state control of the Internet when the biggest-ever policy-making conference on electronic commerce opens here on Tuesday. The conference is organized by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the influential governmental think tank whose policy guidelines typically find their way into the statute books of member states including the United States, Japan, Canada, Germany, France, and England.
- OECD - Internet Firms Want To Ax Regulatory Barriers (Yahoo's Tech - Reuters) TURKU, Finland - U.S. and European Internet service providers said on Thursday action is required to shake up telephone networks and governments which threatened the development of their businesses.
- World e-commerce policies sought (News.com) Ministers responsible for information technology and e-commerce policies in Taiwan and Indonesia today urged a broad international push to establish a framework for global Internet commerce, suggesting that efforts by individual nations should be coordinated.
- OECD - European Net taxes debated (News.com) TURKU, Finland--The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says it has recruited business to the idea of helping staunch a potential hemorrhage of tax revenues as more commerce is transacted over the Internet.
Unsolicited commercial e-mail (spam)
- Usenet administrators lock out CompuServe (InfoWorld Electric) CompuServe has been banned by Usenet administrators, who accuse it of passing along unwanted and abusive bulk e-mail, or "spam," despite repeated requests to stop. On Monday night, an informal group of Usenet administrators and concerned users shut off all traffic coming from CompuServe servers and individual accounts to Usenet, which provides online discussion groups on thousands of subjects.
Internet access and use
- Technology not schools' cure-all (News.com) Technology alone is not a "silver bullet" for modernizing public schools in the United States, IBM chief executive Louis Gerstner said yesterday while accepting a public service award.
- Asian officials hold summit with Silicon Valley (Nando InfoTech) Silicon Valley chieftains and Asian bureaucrats met Thursday for the first Asia Pacific Information Technology Summit, hailing steps to build "the most basic and critical element of infrastructure around the world." The San Francisco meeting, which drew the chief executive officers of some of the world's top computer companies and trade officials from across the Pacific Rim, was billed as an opportunity to promote dialogue on the rapid rise of information technology, particularly the Internet.
Security and encryption
- OECD -
Security Crucial to Internet Development (internetnews.com - Reuters) TURKU, Finland - Failure to ensure that users can make secure transactions over the Internet will slow the development of electronic commerce, a business group leader said on Thursday. Etienne Gorog, International Business Machines Corp executive and chairman of the information technology unit of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD, said the development of new computer generated business would not be stopped, but it could be slowed to a trickle.
- E-Commerce Sites Top Hacker Hit List (TechWeb - InternetWeek) If your company operates a high-visibility electronic-commerce Website, that site probably is experiencing as many as five serious security attacks per month, according to a new survey published by NetSolve.
- OECD - Security Crucial to Internet Development (internetnews.com - Reuters) TURKU, Finland- Failure to ensure that users can make secure transactions over the Internet will slow the development of electronic commerce, a business group leader said on Thursday. Etienne Gorog, International Business Machines Corp executive and chairman of the information technology unit of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD, said the development of new computer generated business would not be stopped, but it could be slowed to a trickle.
Market & Technology
Access to public sector information / IT in government
- Cisco's Chambers: E-commerce to explode (PC Week) The growing impact of information technology has pushed high-tech spending to 43 percent of all capital spending in the United States, according to Cisco Systems Inc. President and CEO John Chambers.
- USA - For first time ever, Pittsburgh auctions bonds live via Internet (Nando.net - The Associated Press) Pittsburgh shook up the cloistered world of municipal finance Tuesday with a first-ever sale of bonds over the Internet. The city also broke new ground by selling its $70 million issue in a live auction, which allowed bidders to top each other's offering price.
- Microsoft unveils e-commerce plan (News.com) Microsoft today unveiled pieces of its e-commerce strategy for helping businesses sell to each other, putting its emphasis on getting other software vendors to write industry-specific applications based on Microsoft technology.
- Net Surges in Value as Investment Tool (internetnews.com - USATODAY) Thanks to the Internet global computer network, we can now buy and sell mutual funds without ever talking to a human being. And investment information and advice is more available than ever. Here's what some mutual fund companies are doing in cyberspace, plus some of the more interesting and useful mutual fund Web sites.
- Online book war heats up (News.com) Online booksellers are gearing up for what may be one of the most profitable periods in e-commerce in the last several years.
- OECD - U.S. Aide Sees Internet Job Losses But Gain Later (internetnews.com - Reuters) TURKU, Finland - Millions of jobs will be destroyed around the world as business computerises and moves on to the Internet, but the new technology will eventually create even more jobs, U.S. President Bill Clinton's special adviser Ira Magaziner told an OECD conference.
Internet access and use
- America Online Settlement Challenged (Yahoo's Tech) A proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit by America Online Inc. subscribers who had trouble accessing the network earlier this year should not be accepted because it will not benefit most of the subscribers, attorneys argue.
- Measuring the Information Society (European Commission ISAC- ISPO) ISAC released on the Information Society Project Office (ISPO) server the results of the new "Measuring Information Society" 1997 survey, which follows the pilot study made in 1995 on the state of awareness and use of modern I.C.T., in Europe. This year edition doubles the sample size and is the result of more than 15.000 face to face interviews across all Europe.
- Vietnam will hook up to Internet, but no access yet (ZDNET - Reuters) Vietnam's government announced on Wednesday it would open up the country to the Internet, ending months of political wavering over the issue. But access to online information will be restricted and may not be available for months.
Quality of service
- America Online Says E-Mail Disrupted Service (internetnews.com) America Online Inc. (AOL) said a hardware problem with a computer server for handling electronic mail kept many of its 10 million members from logging on to the service for more than an hour Tuesday morning.
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