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18 April 2006
de: Is Freedom of the Press Dying Out in Germany? (Deutsche Welle)
The case of the two journalists charged for exposing state secrets has raised questions about press freedom. DW-WORLD.DE spoke with Hendrik Zörner of the German Journalists' Association about the issue.
Net and finance firms are joining up to stamp out commercial child pornography. The newly formed Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography brings together 18 organisations including Bank of America, American Express, Mastercard, AOL, Yahoo and Microsoft.
us: Financial and internet industries to combat internet child pornography (news release) (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)
Eighteen of the world's most prominent financial institutions and Internet industry leaders have joined with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), and its sister organization, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) in the fight against Internet child pornography. The goal is to eradicate commercial child pornography by 2008.
ITU Hosts Virtual Conference on the Impact of New Technologies on Telecom/ICT Regulation (International Telecommunication Union)
As part of its work on preparing an ICT Regulatory Toolkit, the Regulatory Reform Unit of ITU hosted, on 15 March 2006, a virtual conference on the impact of new technologies on TELECOM/ICT Regulation.
The Future of the Internet (International Telecommunication Union)
The OECD hosted a workshop entitled The Future of the Internet in Paris on 8 March 2006. Presentations given at the event will serve at "food for thought" for future OECD work.
Demographics of Internet users in Thailand (Singapore Internet Research Centre)
The results of the survey conducted by the Thai National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (Nectec) between September to November last year of Thai Internet users show that 54.4% of Thai net users are female. The majority of net users were between 20 and 30 years old. 66% of Internet users access the Internet from home, while 40 % use the Net in the workplace, 29 % at an educational facility and 25 % at an Internet cafe. It is the first time in the survey's seven-year history that home Internet use has dominated.
Promoting Cybersecurity in Developing Countries (International Telecommunication Union)
"The case for promoting a global culture for cybersecurity was strongly emphasized at the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) during an information session for participants conducted by ITU.
ca: CRIA's Own Study Counters P2P Claims by Michael Geist (Michael Geist)
While CRIA regularly trumpets commissioned studies as evidence for the problems posed by P2P, this week it released a major study without any fanfare whatsoever. Conducted by Pollara last month, the study serves as part of CRIA's submission to the CRTC's Commercial Radio Review. What makes this particular study interesting (aside from the fact that it finally includes full details on responses and the actual questions posed), is that much of the data challenges many familiar CRIA claims.
Tolls may slow Web traffic (Christian Science Monitor)
The possibility of a two-tiered Internet threatens today's notion of free travel on the information superhighway.
Earlier this year we requested your questions on one of ICANN's most heated discussions -- issues involving TLDs -- which we passed on to Vint Cerf, Google's VP and Chief Internet Evangelist and chairman of the board of ICANN. Despite an understandably heavy schedule, Vint Cerf has taken the time to personally respond to more questions than we had originally anticipated. So with our special thanks, here are his responses.
Bullies are increasingly using the internet to terrorise teenagers outside of school, a survey suggests. More than 10% of UK teenagers said they had been bullied online, while 24% knew a victim, the MSN/YouGov survey found.
uk: Are you safe online? (eGov Monitor)
A new poster campaign to educate the public about safer use of the internet has been launched by Essex Police. The force's Hi-Tech Crime Unit (HTCU), based out of the force's Chelmsford headquarters, has compiled web-crime prevention advice and useful websites which businesses, personal users and children can make use of to stay safe on the internet.
Microsoft expects to release a first version of new, no cost parental control software for Windows XP by the end of June.
The Supreme Court was informed on Monday that in accordance with its orders, all websites displaying sacrilegious cartoons had been blocked.
uk: How will you watch TV? (The Guardian)
The BBC recorded its lowest ever peak-time rating last week; ITV has admitted that viewers are turning away in droves; and a recent survey by Google said that we now spend more time on the internet than we do watching television. With a major report on the BBC's future due out tomorrow, David Smith and Alice O'Keeffe look at what the next decade holds for the box in the corner
The race for wireless broadband access still wide open
Romance blossoms on the internet, but there is still public concern about the safety of online dating (Pew news release) (Pew Research Center)
There is now broad public awareness of the online dating world, and the internet users who are actively seeking dates have found a variety of ways to pursue their romantic interests online.
Internet means end for media barons, says Murdoch (The Guardian)
Rupert Murdoch last night sounded the death knell for the era of the media baron, comparing today's internet pioneers with explorers such as Christopher Columbus and John Cabot and hailing the arrival of a "second great age of discovery".
uk: Britons Concerned About Online Pornography (Angus Reid Global Scan)
Many adults in Britain believe explicit material on the Internet should be regulated, according to a poll by YouGov published in The Spectator. 71 per cent of respondents believe there should be greater restrictions on what sexual material is allowed online today.
Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Issues Internet Hate Decision (Michael Geist)
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has issued a noteworthy Internet hate decision that focuses on the applicability of the Human Rights Act to Internet hate materials. The Tribunal ordered fines against several individuals for their role in maintaining several hate websites and newsletters. The lengthy decision is worth reading for at least three reasons.
us: FTC Retains Children’s Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Rule Without Changes (news release) (Federal Trade Commission)
The Federal Trade Commission today announced its decision to retain, without changes, the Children's Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Rule, which implements the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. Also see http://www.out-law.com/page-6719
ITU Calls For Enforceable ISP Codes of Conduct to Combat Spam (Michael Geist)
The International Telecommunications Union is holding a World Telecommunications Development Conference this week and has reportedly used the opportunity to release a new study on combatting spam. The Financial Times reports that the ITU concludes that while all countries need anti-spam legislation, a more effective approach would be to require the establishment of enforceable codes of conduct by ISPs. In particular, the ITU recommends codes to require ISPs to prohibit their customers from spamming and not to enter into peering arrangements with ISPs that do not accept similar codes of conduct.
Australia lags on internet front: World Bank (Sydney Morning Herald)
Australian internet users are barely moving along the information superhighway compared with other nations, a study shows.
12 March 2006
Chinese ideas about the setting up its own domain name system could change the global nature of the internet, argues internet law professor Michael Geist.
Splitting the root (The Times)
In a nightmare vision worthy of a collapsing Tower of Babel, Gervase Markham suggests that the internet might soon fracture into several pieces