QuickLinks - 11 February 1998
issue no. 46
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.
Germany - d-box: Deutsches Decoder-Monopol gefallen
Germany - Bundeskartellamt übt Kritik an genehmigten Telefontarifen
USA - 500 get axed at CompuServe
Legal and regulatory issues
Access to public sector information / IT in government
- USA - Government service putting broker records on Internet
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission plans to launch a new Internet service in about one month that will give individualinvestors the ability to scrutinize stock broker credentials. When fully up-and-running by mid-1999, the service will cite disciplinary actions, backgrounds and other information for every registered broker and brokerage firm in the country, SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt said in prepared remarks at the Los Angeles Times Investment Strategies conference here on Sunday.
- Germany - d-box: Deutsches Decoder-Monopol gefallen
Das vom EU-Kommissar Karel van Miert monierte technische Digital-Monopol auf dem deutschen TV-Markt ist gebrochen. Nach monatelangem Tauziehen zwischen dem Kartelwächter und BerTelKirch hat die KirchGruppe gestern eingelenkt und durch ihre 100prozentige Tochter Beta Research die Ausschreibung für die gemeinsame Entwicklung einer digitalen Set-top-Box bekanntgegeben. Ziel ist es laut Kirch-Sprecher Johannes Schmitz, "ein internationales API (Application Programming Interface) zu entwickeln".
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- Germany - Bundeskartellamt übt Kritik an genehmigten Telefontarifen
Das Bundeskartellamt hatte schriftlich schwere rechtliche Bedenken gegen die Absicht der Regulierungsbehörde vorgetragen, die Preise der DTAG für die nächsten vier Jahre ohne sachliche Prüfung zu genehmigen und insbesondere die Kostenstruktur im Ortsbereich der DTAG ungeprüft zu lassen.
- Germany - Deutsche Telekom widerspricht Kartellamt
Die Deutsche Telekom weist entschieden die Vorwürfe des Präsidenten des Bundeskartellamtes, Dieter Wolf, zurück, wonach die Tarife für Ortsgespräche eindeutig zu teuer sein. "Die Ortstarife der Deutschen Telekom gehören zu den billigsten in der Welt und halten jedem internationalen Vergleich stand", betont Detlev Buchal, Vorstandsmitglied der Deutschen Telekom.
- Internet Fraud Hearings Underway
Internet service providers may have to monitor online fraud voluntarily if they wish to avoid federal laws requiring them to do so. The U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations held its first in a series of hearings about Internet fraud Tuesday.
- USA - Detective Describes Children As Online Victims
An undercover cop told the Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday that sexual predators stalking children on the Internet is a huge problem. "We haven't even touched the tip of the iceberg," said a hooded Daryk Rowland, a detective based in Huntington Beach, Calif. Predators get access to children through computers at schools and libraries, he said.
- USA - FBI says man posted sex pictures with daughter on Internet
(Nando.net - The Associated Press )
A tip from a Web surfer led to the arrest of a man on federal charges of having sex with his 10-year-old daughter and posting graphic pictures of them on the Internet, the FBI said Tuesday.
Convergence of telecommunications, media and information technology sectors
- EU - Media moguls escape harsh new regulations
Controversial proposals for tough new rules to prevent individual media moguls dominating Europe's airwaves and newspapers have been quietly buried.
Data Protection (privacy)
- EU - Business sector warns of red tape burden to data transfers
Exporting personal data out of the European Union will become a bureaucratic nightmare unless member states move quickly to cut the increasing amount of red tape involved, claim business leaders.
- USA - SEC rules to include online means
Investment brokers who communicate online with clients may be subject to email monitoring under rules approved bythe Securities Exchange Commission that go into effect Sunday.
- WTO - U.S. seeks accord on Net trade
The United States has formally proposed that all countries in the World Trade Organization (WTO) agree to keep commerce in goods and services on the Internet duty free, diplomats said today. They said the proposal was on the agenda for the February 19 meeting of the WTO's ruling General Council--the first time it will come before the world trade body since the idea was launched by President Clinton last July.
- EU - Row looms over police rights to bug the Internet
The question of whether police forces should be given the right to 'tap' encrypted messages sent across the Internet looks set to spark a clash between EU governments and the European Commission.
Filtering and rating
- USA - Bill seeks to filter sex off school computers
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John McCain and Sen. Ernest Hollings, the ranking Democrat on the panel, introduced a bill Monday to protect children from sexually explicit materials on the Internet at school and in the library. The Commerce committee will hold a hearing on indecency on the Internet on Tuesday. The legislation would force schools and libraries to filter or block access to some Internet sites in order to qualify for billions of dollars of federal subsidies aimed at bringing more computers into classrooms and public libraries.
Security and encryption
- U.S. one of few restricting crypto
The United States is one of only a handful of countries that have restricted or want to restrict the use of encrypted software and communications within its borders, according to a survey released today. The survey was conducted by online rights advocate the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) on behalf of the Global Internet Liberty Campaign, a group opposed to what it sees as a spread of digital surveillance techniques and efforts by various governments.
Market & Technology
Convergence of telecommunications, media and information technology sectors
- Le mariage entre la télévision et Internet, valeur en hausse
Le réseau Internet et la télévision traditionnelle opèrent actuellement un mariage de raison, une alliance qui doit tout à la technologie numérique. Cette convergence entre le secteur on-line et les technologies de la télévision, du film ou de l'animation, sont au coeur du Milia, le marché international du multimédia.
- TV Ads Tailored to You
Step by step, cable system operators and advertisers are marching us toward a brave new future where advertisements will be specifically targeted to certain zip codes, neighborhoods -even individual homes, and eventually different TV sets within the same home - depending on what advertisers think they know about who's watching that tube.
- France - 1998 web ad spend seen doubling
The French Internet advertising market is expected to double or triple this year as more and more people go online and more companies use the net as a medium to reach their audience. "In France, the ad spend on banners on the net was 4.5 million francs in 1996, 22 million in 1997 and we expect 50 million to 75 million francs in 1998,'' Cecile Moulard, director of Carat Multimedia, said on Monday.
Employment and social issues
- USA - 500 get axed at CompuServe
(Inter@ctive Week Online )
Call it Bloody Monday at CompuServe Corp. America Online Inc., which completed the acquisition of rival CompuServe's online service one week ago, today rolled through its new subsidiary with an ax, chopping off 500 jobs and shelving the company's yearlong efforts to develop a Web-based version of the CompuServe online service.
- USA - Paging Network to lay off 1,800
Paging Network said today that it will eliminate 30 percent of its U.S. workforce of 6,000 over the next 9 to 15months as part of a sweeping restructuring.
Internet access and use
- AOL to launch in Hong Kong
America Online (AOL) said today it forged an alliance with Hong Kong-based China Internet Corporation (CIC) to offer its online service to Hong Kong consumers within the next year, extending its global reach.
- USA - AOL boosts monthly fees
America Online Inc. said Monday it will boost the monthly charge for unlimited use of its AOL service to $21.95 from $19.95, a move it said was necessary to keep pace with increased online usage by its subscribers.
- AltaVista Users to Get Free E-Mail
Digital announced today it will provide a free e-mail service to users of its AltaVista Search Service in conjunction with e-mail technology and solutions provider iName. The service will be integrated into the AltaVista site to offer users e-mail functions, including Web-based e-mail, forwarding, and storage.
Multilingual content and software
- Alta Vista Breaks The Language Barrier
(San Francisco Examiner)
Alta Vista (http://altavista.digital.com) is pushing the Web's international dimension by adding translation capability to its search engine, offering instant translation of Web sites and plain text between English and Spanish, French, Portugese, German and Italian.
- DMA standard aims to bind document management systems
(InfoWorld Electric )
The Document Management Alliance (DMA) 1.0 Specification, announced last week, could soon bring interoperability to an industry known for its monolithic, proprietary systems that manage such valuable assets as government, legal, medical, and engineering documents and images.
- W3C endorses first XML standard for global use
(InfoWorld Electric )
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) on Tuesday gave the Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.0 specification its final approval, providing software developers and content creators a powerful new means for organizing information on the Web.
- Next Internet hopes to cut through tangled Web
Buried near the end of President Clinton's State of the Union address was a pitch for funding the Next Generation Internet (NGI), an initiative most Americans still know little about. NGI advocates hope it will transform today's slow and sometimes unreliable Internet into a high-speed, multimedia superhighway within the next three to five years.
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