QuickLinks - 15 January 1998
issue no. 36
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.
EU finalising Internet global policy plan
Notice on voice communications on Internet
Legal and regulatory issues
- St. Helena - Study Says Children Don't Ape TV Violence
Children are not inspired to commit violence by watching it on television, psychologists found after studying how the introduction of the small screen affected a remote south Atlantic island. They discovered that some of the world's best behaved children lived on St. Helena, where they could enjoy the benefits of close families and a tight-knit community.
- Klein: 'Free' software has hidden costs
Microsoft's Internet Explorer may be free, but the hidden costs to innovation are all too real, the lead counsel in the Department of Justice's antitrust battle against the software giant declared Wednesday.
- New Zealand - Teen attempts Credit Card Fraud on the Net
The 13 year old son of a court probation officer was "caught out" attempting to commit a credit-card fraud using software downloaded from the Internet this week.
Data Protection (privacy)
- New Zealand - ISOCNZ fields increasing criticism
ISOCNZ, the Internet Society of New Zealand has come under renewed attack for failing to fulfill some of the rolls and objectives for which it was created. It would appear that moves are afoot to call a Special General Meeting in order to address the growing concerns of some members and others in the local Net industry.
Information society and Internet policy
- EU finalising Internet global policy plan
The European Commission is close to unveiling a plan to promote global cooperation on the legal and technical problems caused by the Internet explosion. The initiative, which has some computer and communications companies on edge, is the brainchild of German Commissioner Martin Bangemann, who first called for an "international charter for global communications" in a speech last September in Geneva.
Internet access and use
- India eases entry for Internet providers
India will allow private firms with no experience in information technology to provide Internet services under new eligibility criteria and licensing norms, the government said on Thursday.
Filtering and rating
Security and encryption
- Crypto panel: FBI is No. 1 enemy
Opponents of the federal government's attempts to limit the use of strong encryption made it clear
who they blame the most: FBI director Louis Freeh.
- Senator Wants Back Door to Encrypted Data Closed
Sounding the opening bell of a renewed battle over encryption policy, Senate Republican John D. Ashcroft has declared he would oppose legislation that would mandate that all software made in the Unites States be equipped with features that would allow government access to all encrypted data.
Market & Technology
- BT To Launch Verisign Internet Security In UK
British Telecommunications says it introduce a range of security devices to protect use of the Internet to Britain. In a statement, BT said it had agreed with privately-owned U.S. encryption specialist Verisign Inc to market digital certificates which will allow confidential information such as credit card details to be sent over the Internet without being read by third parties.
- Amazon's top titles go mainstream
After a bumpy start, online shopping may be going more mainstream. Just ask online bookseller Amazon.com (AMZN). Last year, techie books were the online bookseller's hottest commodity. But this year, the online store's top ten titles more closely resembled the legendary New York Times best-seller list.
- Encyclopedia sales force axed as digital takes over
The spread of computers found a new victim on Monday when Encyclopaedia Britannica announced it would end direct selling because people prefer the Internet or CD-ROM versions. The 70-strong sales force who once hawked the weighty tomes from door to door will be disbanded from April, the company announced.
- Netscape to pare work force by up to 15 percent
(Internetnews - Reuters)
Netscape Communications Corp. said Wednesday it plans to cut its overall work
force by up to 15 percent as it reins in expenses after projecting a fourth quarter loss.
- Yahoo joins with MCI to create Internet service
Yahoo Inc., which has morphed beyond its original search engine form to become more of an online service, Monday said it take the next further and join with MCI to create an America Online-style Internet service.
- USA - Top AOL Investor Forum Launches on the Web
For nearly six years Decision Point has provided what users describe as "the best investor resource for technical analysis materials in cyberspace". Now a significant portion of Decision Point offerings are available free on a new web site .
Quality of service
Security and encryption
- Security Measures Address Wrong Issues, Study Says
A new study by Zona Research has found that U.S. companies are investing heavily in computer security, but they may be addressing the wrong issues.
QuickLinks are edited by Richard Swetenham
- Contributors: Alan Reekie, Caroline Leboucher, Theodor Schlickmann