• European Commission reorganises its Information Society and Media DG
    News article2 February 2005

    From 01 February, the Information Society and Media Directorate General of the Commission has two new Directorates and three new Units. This reorganisation completes the changes following President Barroso's decision to bring together under the responsibility of Commissioner Viviane Reding, all three aspects of modern day electronic communications –in the fields of broadcasting, computer networks and of electronic communication services.

  • Workshop on combating spam - Results
    News article23 December 2004

    The Commission services (DG Information Society), in close cooperation with the EU's Dutch Presidency, held an open workshop on 15 November to assess progress in implementing anti-spam measures further to the Commission's January 2004 Communication on this issue. The workshop highlighted three key points. Most of the Member States have quickly transposed the privacy and electronic communications Directive into their national laws. Yet, the Commission in some cases will need to assess these laws carefully, to ascertain whether differences amongst them might represent an obstacle to effective cross-border enforcement. Another important conclusion is the changing nature of spam, from "unsolicited commercial communication", to a problem inherently linked to computer security. Spam propagation through viruses that exploit personal computers is a new challenge, which will require suitably adapted measures. Finally, satisfaction was expressed for the degree of cooperation between the enforcement authorities, which work together in a Contact network set up by the Commission earlier this year.

  • EU equips parents with internet safety tools?
    Press release9 December 2004

    The EU Telecommunications Council of 9 December 2004 agreed on the Safer Internet Plus programme, which aims to empower parents and teachers with internet safety tools. The 4-year programme (2005–08), proposed by the European Commission in March, will have a budget of 45 million euro to combat illegal and harmful internet content. The new programme also covers other media, such as videos, and explicitly addresses the fight against racism, and also "spam". It will focus more closely on end users: parents, educators and children.

  • Telecom Council - Background memo
    News article8 December 2004

    The EU Telecommunications Council will meet on December 9, 2004 in Brussels. Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Information Society and Media, will represent the European Commission.

  • Spain, 90 people arrested in the country's largest operation against child pornography
    News article3 December 2004

    According to El País, the police acted following a report received from PROTEGELES, the Spanish hotline funded by the EU . Spanish police say they have arrested 90 people, including 21 juveniles, in the country's largest operation against child pornography distribution. The arrests were carried out in 26 provinces, which constitute about half of the nation's provinces. The suspects include schoolteachers, students, software engineers, civil servants, military personnel and domestic cleaning personnel, the police said.

  • European Parliament approves Safer Internet plus
    News article2 December 2004

    On 2 December 2004, the European Parliament voted in favour of the Safer Internet plus Programme 2005-2008. The final text has been agreed with the Council which will vote on 9 December 2004.

  • Launch of a European awareness-raising network : INSAFE
    News article18 November 2004 to 19 November 2004

    On 18 and 19th November, Prague saw the launch of a European awareness-raising network, INSAFE, to confront a growing challenge on national, European and international agendas. The major goal of INSAFE is to coordinate and reinforce actions undertaken by national nodes and raise their level of visibility.

  • New factsheets on the Information Society published
    News article9 November 2004

    A number of new factsheets on the Information Society have been published. These cover topics such as the Information Society Policy Link initiative, an IST Research overview and the International dimension of the EU's Information Society initiatives. The factsheets are short, non-technical presentations of both EU Information Society policies and programmes.