Thursday, April 23, 2009

Recent Internet Reports

INTERNET
Internet Typology: The Mobile Difference: Wireless Connectivity Has Drawn Many Users More Deeply into Digital Life
Pew Internet & American Life Project, March 25, 2009
http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1162/internet-typology-users-mobile-communication-devices
Freedom on the Net: A Global Assessment of Internet and Digital Media
Freedom House, April 1, 2009
http://www.freedomhouse.org/uploads/specialreports/NetFreedom2009/FreedomOnTheNet_FullReport.pdf
This publication includes country reports on Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, India, Iran, Kenya, Malaysia, Russia, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Internet Crime Report 2008
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), March 2009
http://www.nw3c.org/downloads/2008_IC3_Annual%20Report_3_27_09_small.pdf
There is an FBI news release, March 30, 2009, at
http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel09/internet033009.htm

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Sinking the Copyright Pirates: Global Protection of Intellectual Property
Hearing before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, April 6, 2009
http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearing_notice.asp?id=1065
For transcripts, please go to
http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/schedule.asp and scroll down.
The Office of U.S. Trade Representative Releases Summary of Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) Negotiations
News release, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), April 6, 2009
http://www.ustr.gov/Document_Library/Press_Releases/2009/April/The_Office_of_US_Trade_Representative_Releases_Summary_of_Anti-Counterfeiting_Trade_Agreement_(ACTA)_Negotiations.html
The summary is at
http://www.ustr.gov/assets/Document_Library/Fact_Sheets/2009/asset_upload_file917_15546.pdf

3 comments:

Kylie said...

For anyone interested in copyright and compilations, the High Court handed down their decision in the IceTV v Nine Network case yesterday. Case is available from austlii here: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/2009/14.html

I have a summary here:http://octavianet.blogspot.com/2009/04/high-court-delivers-judgement-in-icetv.html
(and sorry (James) for the shameless blog plugging....again...)

Kylie said...

Boing Boing reports that the Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF) is suing the Obama administation for promised access to ACTA documents: http://www.boingboing.net/2009/05/06/eff-sues-obama-admin.html

James said...

The "Freedom on the Net" report is interesting reading. In Australia, we are getting upset about the thought of a mandatory internet filter and how it might operate.

This report highlights the actions of countries like Cuba, China and Iran, who's censorship of the internet defies belief.

In Australia, we have thoroughly scrutinized legislation like the Broadcasting Services Act, to ensure that it does not impact upon our rights to freedom of speech/communication.

This legal scrutiny may well be a luxury that only western legal democracies are afforded.