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House of Lords looks at network resilience and CERTs

On Tuesday I was invited with Chris Gibson of FIRST to give evidence to the Home Affairs Sub-Committee of the European Affairs Committee of the House of Lords. They are currently looking at the European Commission’s proposals to protect Europe from large-scale Cyberattacks. We spent an hour and a half explaining what CERTs are, how […]

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New EC Cookie Law?

Considerable concern has been expressed about the news that it has apparently been agreed to change European law on cookies as part of the revision of the Telecoms Directives. The current law on cookies is contained in Article 5 of the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications (2002/58/EC) and Regulation 6 of the UK’s matching […]

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More on Breach Notification

Further to my last posting on breach notification, my attention has been drawn to a recent (22nd October 2009) draft text of the proposed Directive to amend the EC telecoms directives. As an amendment to the existing Directive 2002/58/EC the new proposals would apply in the first instance only to public telecommunications networks and services. […]

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apComms – Regulating the Internet

The all-party parliamentary communications group (apComms) have published the results of their enquiry into various aspects of internet security – entitled “Can we keep our hands off the net?” – to which JANET provided written evidence earlier in the summer. We responded on two of the five questions, relating to the work of the Internet […]

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Internet Watch Foundation AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) brought some very positive news on efforts to reduce the availability of indecent images of children on the Internet. Thanks to the self-regulatory action of UK hosting providers only a tiny fraction of illegal images reported to IWF are hosted in the UK – down […]

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Legislative Options for Illicit Peer-to-Peer Filesharing

Over the summer the government has carried out the latest in a series of consultations on what to do about sharing of copyright files on peer-to-peer networks. Under the current law, sharing copyright files without permission is a civil offence and rights-holders can sue those who do it. However the criminal offence of copyright breach […]

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House of Lords enquiry into personal internet safety

This is UKERNA’s submission to the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology Sub-Committee investigation into Personal Internet Safety. UKERNA is the non-profit company limited by guarantee that operates the JANET computer network connecting UK colleges, universities and research council establishments to each other and to the Internet and inter-connecting regional schools networks. […]

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Home Office consultation on Possession of Extreme Pornography

This is JANET(UK)’s response to the Home Office/Scottish Executive consultation on posession of extreme pornographic material. The JNT Association, trading as JANET(UK), is the company that runs the JANET computer network. The JANET network connects UK universities, Further Education Colleges, Research Councils, Specialist Colleges and Adult and Community Learning providers. It also provides connections between […]

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All-Party Internet Group enquiry into the Computer Misuse Act 1990

This is JANET(UK)’s response to the All Party Internet Group’s enquiry into the Computer Misuse Act 1990. JANET(UK) is the not-for-profit company that runs JANET, the UK’s education and research network, connecting universities, colleges and research establishments in the UK to each other and to the public Internet. JANET also provides inter-connection between schools networks […]