QuickLinks 47 - 13 February 1998
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 - UMTS proposal
Legal and regulatory issues
- How to launder money? Criminals look to cyberspace
The future of criminal money laundering appears to be in cyberspace, officials say, as electronic money cards and the Internet provide an alternative to the methods now in use. The 26-nation Financial Action Task Force (FATF) said in its 1997/98 survey that improved global co-operation and a more transparent banking industry had helped push up the cost of laundering.
- Netherlands - Propositions gouvernementales pour combattre la criminalité sur internet
Le ministère de la justice néerlandais a proposé des mesures destinées à combattre la criminalité sur internet en mettant en place un officier de justice spécialisé en la matière, particulièrement dans les cas de pornographie infantile.
- USA - Heat Turned Up on Digital Music Pirates
In the vast thicket of the Net, a community has formed around the exchange of MP3 songs - CD-quality digital files that anyone can download and listen to. The recording industry isn't taking kindly to having its hits pirated, and in recent weeks Geffen Records has expanded an offensive to shut down FTP sites engaged in the trade.
- NSI Tweaks Domain Dispute Rules
The current stewards of the Internet's 1.6 million-odd domain names have revised their domain name dispute policy to place name owners more at the mercy of those who hold matching registered trademarks, critics charge. Further, legal experts say, the new Networks Solutions Inc. policy grants NSI the right to transfer any domain name to any other party.
- USA - Planned Parenthood Wins Round in Domain Tiff
In a decision that underscores the thorny and ongoing issue of brand identity and domain names, the US Second Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction issued last March that prevented the use of the plannedparenthood.com domain name for a personal anti-abortion Web site.
- USA - New Hampshire weighs in with Net porn bill
Democratic New Hampshire State Rep. Lori Cardin submitted a bill yesterday that criminalizes using the Net or a computer to publish or transmit child pornography or lure a minor. The legislation also makes it clear that online access providers will be held criminally liable for "knowingly" allowing customers to engage in these activities.
Taxation and tariffs
- WTO - U.S. And Europe Ruffle Feathers In World Trade Organization
The United States and the European Union (EU) put forward a controversial and lengthy lists of products for inclusion in the next version of the World Trade Organization (WTO)'s Information Technology Agreement (ITA-II) at a meeting here Thursday.
- EU - UMTS proposal
Proposal by the Commission for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the co-ordinated introduction of mobile and wireless communications (UMTS) in the Community. Download in WinWord format: [DE], [EN], [FR]
Market & Technology
Security and encryption
- New hole in Web security reported
Many of the Internet's most popular Web sites are vulnerable to new security threats, according to a report released today. The problem involves "authentication form fields" used to get into many sites, according to Web security firm MioraSystems Consulting. It says companies and organizations frequently misuse hidden form fields as security measureson their sites.
- British Giant Backs ADSL Lite Group
(Total Telecom )
British Telecom is the first European company to join the Universal ADSL Working Group, the body formed last month by U.S. operators and leading PC industry players to help kick-start broadband-over-copper services for consumers.
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