Role of ISPs

13 December 2012 at 10:02am
The 21st June sitting of the Commons Defamation Bill Committee provided some hints at answers to my questions about the Bill’s definitions and process.
13 December 2012 at 9:58am
The new Defamation Bill promised in the Queen’s Speech has now been published. Although it also contains changes to what statements can give rise to liability for defamation, the most interesting part for network operators is likely to be the new provisions on liability for those who host third party content on web sites and blogs.
10 May 2012 at 3:24pm
According to the Dutch digital rights organisation, Bits of Freedom, the Netherlands has just passed a new Network Neutrality law. Their unofficial translation into English suggests that Public Electronic Communications Service Providers will only be permitted to throttle or block traffic on their networks if this is necessary:
4 May 2012 at 12:04pm
Given the outcome of previous hearings on copyright infringement, the court’s conclusion this week that the UK’s major ISPs should be ordered to block access to The Pirate Bay was no surprise. However the judgment raises an interesting technical issue. In a previous hearing, it had been pointed out that there was a way to get around blocks on individual web pages that would not be possible if the block instead referred to the IP address of the website as a whole.
4 May 2012 at 9:48am
A bot is a program, maliciously installed on a computer, that allows that computer and thousands of others to be controlled by attackers. Bots are one of the major problems on the Internet, involved in many spam campaigns and distributed denial of service attacks, as well as allowing attackers to read private information from the computer’s disk and keyboard. Some bots even allow cameras and microphones to be monitored by the attacker. Detecting and removing bots is therefore in the interests of both individuals and internet providers.
6 June 2012 at 11:19am
The Ministry of Justice has published their response to the Joint Parliamentary Committee’s comments on a proposed Defamation Bill.
6 June 2012 at 11:11am
I had an interesting discussion last week with Thorsten Kraft of the German ISP association, eco, on how German network providers cooperate to help reduce the number of their users' PCs that are infected with malware. The UK Government has recently added this as an aim in our national Cyber Security Strategy so the German example may be particularly relevant.
6 June 2012 at 11:08am
The Ministry of Justice has published a summary of the responses to its consultation on a revised Defamation Bill.
6 June 2012 at 11:07am
The European Court of Justice has set some limits for the sorts of measures that ISPs can be compelled to implement to discourage copyright breach by their networks. Back in 2004 the Belgian rightsholder representative SABAM sought a court order requiring an ISP, Scarlet, to install devices on its network that inspected the content of peer-to-peer communications and blocked any that appeared to contain copyright music.
6 June 2012 at 11:05am
The latest judgment from the BT/Newzbin case sets out what BT will be required to do to prevent its users accessing the Newzbin2 website that an earlier case found to be breaching copyright.
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