QuickLinks 85 - 22 September 1998
Legal and regulatory issues
Access to public sector information / IT in government
- France - L'Etat boude le web
L'administration restreint l'accès à ses documents online. La raison: la Documentation française a intégré dans ses contrats type une clause obligeant les administrations, exception faite des ministères, à ne pas publier sur leurs sites plus de 10% du contenu des publications.
- EU - Indicateurs-clés de la zone euro sur Internet
(Agence France Presse)
Eurostat, l'Office statistique des Communautés européennes a décidé de publier à partir de lundi sur Internet plus de 100 indicateurs clés à court terme sur la zone euro. See http://europa.eu.int/eurostat.html.
- UK - Guardian retracts story about Demon Internet
The Guardian has made a retraction in print about the OnLine lead story headed "Police tighten the Net" which stated that Demon Internet was raided by 30 police officers and that computer equipment was seized. "The Guardian is now satisfied that police did not raid the premises, that a visit by two officers was conducted with the full co-operation of Demon and its staff. Demon Internet was not part of a targeted operation and co-operated fully with the National Crime Squad as part of Demon Internet's ongoing commitment to working with the police and criminal intelligence services on all matters relating to eradicating illegal material on the Internet."
- France - Une "cybercriminalité" se développe peu à peu sur Internet
Elle mêle des attaques de systèmes informatiques sensibles - notamment ceux des services de renseignement - et des infractions plus classiques : escroqueries, diffamation, blanchiment d'argent. Face à cette nouvelle criminalité, les moyens de la police restent modestes. La DST dispose d'une "section informatique" depuis les années 80 mais ce n'est qu'en 1994 que la police judiciaire parisienne s'est dotée d'un service spécialisé.
- UK - Police 'ill equipped' to fight cybercrime
A senior officer has admitted that many UK police forces have been left behind by the Internet revolution. Detective Superintendent Keith Akerman said criminals were using the Net to commit almost every type of crime imaginable. But he said police forces were often ill equipped to deal with cybercrime. He called for the setting up of a specialist national police unit concentrating on Internet crime.
Convergence of telecommunications, media and information technology sectors
- UK - BBC kicks off digital TV revolution this week
The BBC will debut its public service digital channels on Wednesday, kicking off a television revolution. The BBC will transmit BBC1, BBC2, BBCNews 24 and BBC Choice, the digital entertainment channel, on both terrestial and satellite digital platforms. It has yet to announce a date for a cable service.
Data Protection (privacy)
- USA - FTC 'Losing Patience' With Business on Web Privacy
(New York Times)
After more than a year of heated debate within the government, the Federal Trade Commission has all but decided that it is going to part company with the Clinton administration over the contention that business can regulate itself when it comes to Internet privacy. "We are losing patience with self-regulation," David Medine, an associate director in the commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in an interview, reflecting the larger agency opinion on this issue. "It's too bad, but I think industry has lost the opportunity to show that they will do it on their own."
- Chatting Up German Voters
The Internet may be an unknown world for many of Germany's politicians, but it's one they're increasingly willing to brave to woo prospective voters. Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who once confused the information superhighway with the real-life autobahns, will make his online debut at his party's Web site.
Employment and social issues
- USA - Immigration battle looms for hi-tech staff
Proposed legislation to increase the number of foreign high-tech workers allowed to enter the United States has been championed by technology companies, but faces opposition on Capitol Hill from a strange-bedfellows coalition of pro-labour Democrats and anti-immigration Republicans.
Information society and Internet policy
- Internet Rules Emerging But More Work Needed
Delegates at the ninth International Information Industry Conference (IIIC) moved a step closer to agreeing ground rules for Internet use and electronic commerce, though differences remain on such issues as data security and pornography.
- Les mémoires du plus célèbre transfuge de la RFA accessibles sur internet
(Agence France Presse)
Les mémoires du chef du contre-espionnage ouest-allemand passé en RDA en 1985, Hansjoachim Tiedge, sont désormais accessibles sur internet, à défaut d'être autorisés sous forme de livre. Le parquet de Berlin avait fait saisir début septembre tous les documents relatifs à cet ouvrage dans les locaux de l'éditeur berlinois Das Neue Berlin, sous le soupçon de violation du secret professionnel.
- IEEE Forges Bonds With Euro Standards Groups
Formal links are being proposed between the U.S.-based Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Europe's three official electronics-related standard's bodies, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), Centre d'European Normalization (CEN), and electrotechnical standards body Cenelec. The IEEE and ETSI agreed to co-operate in a number of areas, including electromagnetic compatibility, wireless LANs, and network signaling.
- France - Global Access et Cable & Wireless obtiennent leur licence
Les filiales françaises de Global Access et Cable & Wireless ont obtenu du Ministère de l'Economie, des Finances et de l'Industrie les licences L 33-1 (opérateur d'infrastructure en région parisienne) et L 34-1 (opérateur de services sur l'ensemble du territoire français).
Market & Technology
- Survey: Nine Out of Ten Want to Pay Bills On Internet
More than nine out of ten respondents to an online survey indicated they would like to use the Internet to view and pay bills. 98% said they would like to receive electronic versions of their monthly bills (i.e. credit card, utility, cable) for payment on the Internet.
- Financial Services Drive Portal Traffic
Financial services and information draws the most traffic on the Web, and the major portal sites are lining up to take advantage of it, portal executives said Wednesday at the Jupiter Finance Conference. Portals, including Yahoo, Excite, and Netcenter, are websites that serve as one-stop directories for users seeking news and services.
- Infoseek And Disney Pick Name For Portal Site
Infoseek and Walt Disney said Monday that their Internet portal site -- still in the works -- will be called Go Network. The companies said they expect to launch the portal site before December. A portal site is an all-purpose Web page from which users can get onto the Internet as well as take advantage of functions such as e-mail, online shopping, and chat groups.
- MSN reaches $60 million deal with Web search providers
Four Internet search providers, Compaq's AltaVista Search Service, Infoseek Corp., Lycos Inc. and Snap Internet Portal Service., will pay Microsoft Corp. a total of $60 million to be featured on Microsoft's MSN Web page.
- Portals to see improved earnings
Despite dire predictions that the Asian and Russian economic crises would drag down U.S. earnings, a number of portal companies are expected to post improved quarterly results next month.
Quality of service
- Clinton Webcast goes smoothly
The Internet broadcast Monday of President Clinton's videotaped testimony appeared to go smoothly, possibly because interest wasn't as high as anticipated. All of the major news Web sites carried the video, which was shown online using a technology known as ''streaming video.'' That allows users to view the video without downloading the entire file, which is what Web surfers did Sept. 11 with the release of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's report.
Security and encryption
- Hotmail Bug, Still an Open Book?
Security updates made last month to Microsoft's free email service, Hotmail, may have failed to fix the problem. Not only that, but privacy watchdogs fear that the fix might actually help the company analyze their users' Web browsing habits. But the company did make some changes to its system, including technical adjustments that involved modifying email.
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