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[News] Reuters on EC Filtering

Jetzt wird die Selbstregulierung auf EU - Ebene 
interessant. Ich denke, GILC wird eher dagegen 
sein. Gleichzeitig wird illegal and harmful content 
mit filtering als Allheilmittel kombiniert. Filtering 
kann vieles leisten, wohl aber nicht das, was erwartet 
wird. Filtern ist im Gegenzug eine große Gefahr 
für die Informationsfreiheit in der westlichen Welt.

Ich meine, und Josef versteht das, das man schon 
sehr genau demokratisch kontrollieren muss, was 
wo und warum gefiltert wird. Weiterhin muss man 
dafür Sorge tragen, dass ein vollständiger Zugang 
für volljährige erhalten bleibt. 


>Date: Wed, 26 Nov 1997 15:13:41 -0500
>From: David Banisar <banisar@epic.org>
>Subject: [News] Reuters on EC Filtering
>To: Global Internet Liberty Campaign <gilc-plan@gilc.org>
>Reply-To: gilc-plan@gilc.org
>Copyright 1997 Reuters Ltd.  All rights reserved.@bThe following news
>report may not be republished or redistributed, in whole or in part,
>without the prior written consent of Reuters Ltd.
>    BRUSSELS, Nov 26 (Reuters) - The European Commission
>proposed on Wednesday setting aside money for measures to help
>keep illegal and harmful material off the Internet.
>     Continuing its push for industry self-regulation of the
>global computer network, the Commission said the European Union
>should help set up a pan-European network of hotlines to take
>complaints about illegal items.
>     That could include material that breaks laws on pornography,
>fraud, national security, libel, privacy, harassment, racial
>hatred or intellectual property, it said in a report.
>     The money should also support projects to promote ratings
>systems so that parents or teachers can shield children from
>sexually explicit or violent material on the global computer
>network, it said.
>     The EU executive did not propose an exact budget, although
>it agreed that seven million ecus ($8 million) should be spent
>in 1998 and between seven and 10 million ecus the following
>three years, a Commission spokesman said.
>     The final amount must be agreed between EU ministers and the
>European Parliament.
>     The Commission was following up on a proposal it issued last
>week that called on the online service industry to draw up codes
>of conduct for controlling illegal and harmful material.
>     It suggested that the industry set up telephone, e-mail or
>fax hotlines and provide ways to filter material that could harm
>     The new proposal would finance projects aimed at encouraging
>European content providers to rate their material. The
>Commission noted that filtering software and rating schemes
>already existed, but "their level of sophistication is still
>low and none have yet reached the 'critical mass."'
>     The Commission proposed that money also be channeled into
>campaigns targeting parents and teachers to raise awareness
>about the potential and the drawbacks of the Internet.
>        REUTERS