QuickLinks - 27 November 1997
issue no. 20
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
- Clinton to Inaugurate First 'E-March' on AIDS
On Monday, 1 December, AIDS Action will mark World AIDS Day by launching what it's calling "the first electronic march on Washington" - a Web site, complete with a "Virtual Mall," that will enable netsurfers to learn more about AIDS policy, community activism, and the current outlook on the epidemic, as well as to send email to President Clinton and members of Congress.
- Law enforcement goes online
A special feature with articles on: the FBI takes on hackers, customs fight child pornography, local police tackle threats and fraud, who can I call about online crime, digital wiretapping and the future, privacy and encryption, test yourself: could you be a cybercop
- Internet Domain Names and Rights in Distinctive Marks
(Computer Law Observer - Reinhard Schanda)
Analysis from a German and Austrian Perspective (legal article)
- USA - Internet Gambling Company Faces Criminal Charges
(TechWeb - Net Insider)
The president of a Pennsylvania Internet gambling company facing criminal charges in Missouri has won a temporary victory in his own state’s courts, allowing him to appeal an earlier ruling that would have sent him to Missouri to stand trial.
Unsolicited commercial e-mail (spam)
- Small ISP Blocked From AOL
Houston-based FlexNet, Inc. says it is battling with America Online, who blocked all FlexNet subscribers from the ability to send e-mail to any AOL subscriber. According to FlexNet management, the problem was caused because some one used what appears to be an AOL account to relay a large amount of spam to AOL subscribers and the mail was bounced off of FlexNet's server to a list of AOL subscribers.
- EU makes proposal to fight harmful Internet items
(Nando.net - Reuters)
The European Commission proposed Wednesday to set aside money for measures to help keep illegal and harmful material off the Internet. Continuing its push for industry self-regulation of the global computer network, the Commission said the European Union should help set up a pan-European
network of hotlines to take complaints about illegal items. The EU executive did not propose an exact budget, although it agreed that $8 million should be spent in 1998 and between seven and $11.5 million the following three years.
Security and encryption
- EU dangles WTO threat on U.S. telecom rules
(Yahoo - Reuters)
The European Commission said Wednesday it could take action in the World Trade Organization if the United States does not change a plan for implementing a global telecommunications trade pact.
Spokesman Nigel Gardner said the European Union executive was especially unhappy about provisions, agreed on Tuesday by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, that allow Washington to restrict foreign operators to protect the public interest.
Market & Technology
- EU - Negroponte: Net is way to world peace
(News.com - Reuters)
Tired of all the hype about the Internet? Well, think again--one respected Internet guru says it will bring world peace. Nicholas Negroponte, head of the M.I.T. Media Laboratory, told the European information technology conference in Brussels yesterday that the potential of the global computer network has actually been vastly underrated.
- Dow Jones to charge on-line firms
Dow Jones & Co plans to impose new fees on on-line and electronic services for using the company's benchmark industrial average, the Wall Street Journal repored on Friday, Under the plan, Dow Jones will renegotiate contracts with more than 50 outside firms that distribute quotes for the industrial average, the oldest and most widely quoted of all the market indicators.
- EU - Smartpen to combat fraud - Internet trade could be boosted
A pen which can identify who is using it by the way it is held was yesterday heralded as an important step forward in combating fraud. The LCI Smartpen, which contains tiny pressure pads, a spirit level and a computer processor, paves the way for making secure financial transactions without proof of identification. It could have a huge impact on buying by credit card over the Internet, where security fears are highest. Yesterday the Smartpen won the £140,000 European Information Technology Prize in Brussels, partly sponsored by the European Commission.
Internet access and use
- Cegetel plans to undercut France Telecom
(Nando.net - Reuters)
Cegetel, a unit of Generale des Eaux telecommunications, said on Wednesday it will undercut France
Telecom prices by 10 to 60 percent when it begins its fixed line services on February 1, 1998.
- MSN to drop Internet access service next year in all of Europe
The Microsoft Network (MSN) next year will stop offering Internet access in Europe and focus on developing content for its Web site, an MSN official in the United States said Wednesday. MSN officials in France said earlier Wednesday that by the end of the first quarter of 1998, MSN will hand its Internet-access customers over to France Telecom. The French carrier will provide technical support and services and will give customers of its own online service, Wanadoo, access to MSN services. Internet access in Germany will be handed over by the middle of next year to Deutsche Telekom, from which MSN currently leases network capacity.
- UK - There are over 200 Internet providers in the UK. But how many can survive?
Until recently, the big telephone companies were frightened by the Internet, worried it would give consumers a cheap alternative to their services. Now they are taking control of its infrastructure, and it is the small service providers who should be frightened.
Filtering and rating
- Concerned About Internet Abuse?
(Company Press Release)
Elron Software Inc., is making v4.1 of Elron Internet Manager(TM) available for free download through its ``30-Day Free Trial'' program from its World Wide Web site. Elron Internet Manager v4.1, the leading enterprise solution for Internet usage management and reporting, produces real-time reports and graphs on how the Internet connection is being used in the enterprise. These reports can help system administrators control Internet bandwidth usage, monitor/manage corporate and individual Internet traffic, and reduce potential corporate legal liability or negative publicity by eliminating traffic to inappropriate sites.
- The Learning Company Adds "Safe Chat" to Cyber Patrol
(Company press release)
The Learning Company introduced this week a "safe chat" feature to its Internet content-filtering product Cyber Patrol that's designed to enable parents to block their children's access to unsuitable online chat areas on the Web.
- Japan - Many Japanese still dread PCs
(Nando.net - The Christian Science Monitor)
After a sales boom in late 1995 and 1996, fueled by the introduction of the Japanese version of the popular operating software called Windows 95, PC sales have fallen dramatically. From July through September of this year, for example, shipments were actually down 6 percent compared with the same period a year ago, according to the Japan Electronic Industry Development Association.
- Netscape says its market momentum is continuing
( Nando.net - Reuters)
Netscape Communications Corp. said Wednesday its Netscape Communicator software has topped 25 million users since the product was shipped last June. The company cited the figure as evidence that momentum continues to accelerate behind its products despite stiff competition.
- Stuck into the web
What makes a man with a pedigree in print journalism give it all up to risk launching a daily online football paper? Danny Kelly tells Paul Kelso how he got hooked on the Internet
Quality of service
- Germany - Deutsche Telekom to refund online customers
(Internetnews.com - Reuters)
German telecommunications group Deutsche Telekom AG said on Tuesday it would reimburse subscribers of its online service T-Online for failed attempts to log onto the service.
- International Computer Law Observer
(William S. Galkin, Esq., Editor-in-Chief.)
The International Computer Law Observer (ICLO) is an e-mail report providing monthly coverage of significant legal developments from around the world relating to computers, technology and the Internet. Back issues, a listing of the Editorial Board, and instructions for subscribing can be found at the Computer Law Observer homepage.
- Newsletter on information law in Spanish
The weekly El Reporte DELTA newsletter, published in Spanish, provides information and news on the strategic use of general information technology, with a special focus on on the Internet. The newsletter includes tips, recommendations on Web sites and more. To subscribe, send the message below to the address indicated. E-mail: email@example.com Message Body: subscribir reporte delta
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