Archive for 2010/07/19
The European e-Justice Portal is now online at https://e-justice.europa.eu
Although France, Germany and The Netherlands have their own localized versions of YouTube, Belgium has to wait until the legal case between SABAM and YouTube has come to an end
Dutch language article: http://tweakers.net/nieuws/68643/conflict-met-sabam-oorzaak-van-uitblijven-youtube-punt-be.html
French language article: http://www.lalibre.be/societe/cyber/article/597137/un-youtube-a-la-sauce-belge.html
More details are surfacing about why Blogetery.com, a blogging platform that claimed to service more than 70,000 blogs, was mysteriously booted from the Internet by its Web-hosting company.
The site was shut down after FBI agents informed executives of Burst.net, Blogetery’s Web host, late on July 9 that links to al-Qaeda materials were found on Blogetery’s servers, Joe Marr, chief technology officer for Burst.net, told CNET.
But Marr said a Burst.net employee erred in telling Blogetery’s operator and members of the media that the FBI had ordered it to terminate Blogetery’s service. He said Burst.net did that on its own
With more Twitter followers than any governmental employee besides Barack Obama and John McCain, Jared Cohen and Alec Ross are the U.S. government’s internet gurus. And their boss, Hillary Clinton, has charged them to teach digital diplomacy to the world
Google points Holysee-kers to pedofilo.com
a UK software startup I’ve met might have solved a couple of the biggest headaches of watching web video. I came away from the demo wondering why people hadn’t thought of doing this before
Reclassification of ISPs as common carriers would “cram today’s broadband Internet access providers into an ill-fitting 20th century regulatory silo
BREIN responds to lost court case
Targeted action against these subscribers would be less far-reaching than a complete block of the site
Dutch Institute STAP concludes that in relation to movies for the age of 6 and above, at more than 50 percent of the screenings advertisements for alcoholic beverages were shown. At a third of the screenings where these ads were shown, more than a quarter of the audience consisted of minors. (Manufacturers of alcoholic beverages themselves are said to adhere to a code prohibiting them from showing their ads to audiences that consist of at least 25% minors).
STAP wants a ban on these ads when planned to be shown before 9 pm (same rules already apply to Radio and TV).
During one month STAP visited 120 movie screenings at big cinemas in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Of the 23 movies shown before 3 pm, 18 came with ads for alcoholic drinks.
Manufacturers of alcoholic beverages spent 2.5 million euro on ads in cinemas last year. That’s more than 10 percent of all ad spending.
In France, Norway and Estonia there is a total ban on these ads. In Germany they are banned before 6 pm and in Poland they are banned before 8 pm.
Dutch language article: http://www.nu.nl/binnenland/2295463/jongeren-zien-vaak-alcoholreclame-in-bios.html
At a press conference I attended in London last night, Google fellow Amit Singhal was given a rough ride by a bolshy journalist who demanded to know why the company didn’t intervene more often when search results went awry.
Singhal did reveal that there are three reasons why Google will manually interfere with its search results. They are:
1. Removing links to sites distributing malware.
2. Removing links to sites that are the subject of legal action, such as DCMA takedown notices issued by copyright holders.
3. When Google’s Safe Search fails and returns pornographic or unsuitable images. Or when the image search is returning instances of child abuse. “There is no way for the algorithms to tell the age of the person depicted,” Singhal claimed.
There could perhaps be a fourth addition to that list: the now defunct Google China search engine, which censored content at the behest of the Chinese Government. But Singhal didn’t dwell on that matter for too long…
[In some countries a proactive ability to verify age is not required, to avoid non-prosecution of potential child abuse or non-prosecution of distribution of what are potentially child abuse images]
Foxtel IQ, Telstra’s T-box and fetchTV allow movies to be downloaded whenever the viewer wants to watch them.
In the last few weeks, Blockbuster stores at Ashfield, Bondi Junction and Enmore have closed their doors, as well as a Video Ezy outlet in Paddington
Vertical is one of 42 publishers from Japan and the U.S. who in June formed the “Multi-national Manga Anti-Piracy Coalition,” which demands that illegal American manga websites “immediately cease their activities” and threatens to “seek injunctive relief and statutory damages” and “report offending sites to federal authorities.”
will digital piracy follow?
Webb, 51, used the program in December 2008 and January 2009, downloading 110 images and depicting child pornography, including five that showed minor children in bondage. “I didn’t choose to be there,” wrote the 19-year-old woman, who was younger than 10 when she was raped on camera. “But now I’m there forever.”
According to court documents, on Feb. 8, 2008, an FBI agent in New Jersey detected that Jones was making numerous images of child pornography available through the LimeWire file-sharing program
UK consumers cannot be held legally responsible for any illicit online file sharing activity which occurs without their knowledge, or consent, on their unsecured wireless networks. That’s the legal opinion of Roger Wyand QC, a barrister specialising in intellectual property law and joint head of Hogarth Chambers. His opinion will come as a relief to the thousands of people who maintain they have been wrongly accused of illegally downloading and sharing copyright protected material via the internet
UNITED STATES: FTC Testifies on Protecting Teen Privacy
PPOTV’s software platform enables sharing of video files and broadcasting of TV channels over P2P networks. Users with broadband access can, upon installation of the software, watch TV programs from across the world
Deep packet inspection vendor Allot Communications performed an analysis of its global customers’ data traffic
The Internet is FAR too powerful for the government to leave unregulated. We have warned for a very long time now that the US government would, by hook, or by crook, regulate the Internet — whether US citizens want it or not. And here it comes
According to various press write-ups, Music Education in the 21st Century in the United Kingdom, published yesterday, worries that older forms of music like brass bands, classical, and folk music could become extinct. Despite the fact that you can put any kind of music you want on an iPod, kids just aren’t hearing anything but pop, rock, hip-hop, and rap.
This is in the same week that the Performing Rights Society for Music released a paper proposing to levy fees on ISPs in proportion to the amount of copyrighted material being illegally downloaded via their networks.
These are connected issues
by caching the password for 15 minutes, Apple reduces the significant annoyance of typing passwords
To the geeks, freaks and hackers of the net the Church of Scientology subverts the idea of technology to be about control instead of the freedom they cherish
In addition to that:
Look at the difficulties of running a live game show via a game console in a world of on-demand entertainment