uk: Britons Concerned About Online Pornography
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
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.
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
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 BankAustralian internet users are barely moving along the information superhighway compared with other nations, a study shows.http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/03/10/1141701658354.html
China and the break-up of the net
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
In a nightmare vision worthy of a collapsing Tower of Babel, Gervase Markham suggests that the internet might soon fracture into several pieces
New safety net for web surfers
A fresh approach to “safe surfing” has been dreamt up by a group of MIT engineers involved in a crusade to make the internet a safer place for their friends and families.http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/03/06/1141493583941.html
uk: Child porn site reports ‘up 80%’
The number of internet child pornography sites reported to police soared by almost 80% last year, according to a new report.
Internet Filtering in Yemen: 2004-2005
The OpenNet Initiative has released “Internet Filtering in Yemen 2004-2005,” a country study that documents the degree and extent to which the Republic of Yemen controls the information environment in which its citizens live, including Web sites, blogs, e-mail, and online discussion forums.