Legal Report: International
11/28/2007 - The Ontario Court of Appeals has ruled that a libelous posting on the Internet causes more damage than a similar statement that appears in traditional print media. The appeals court increased the trial judge's damage award from $15,000 (Canadian) to $75,000 and added $50,000 in punitive damages. In increasing the damage awards, the court noted that Internet defamation is more pervasive and more dangerous to the reputation of those maligned because it is interactive and immediately available world- wide. (Barrick Gold Corporation v. Jorge Lopehandia, Court of Appeal for Ontario, No. C39837, 2004)
11/28/2007 - More than half of the organizations polled by the IT Governance Institute revealed that they regularly include IT subjects on their boards' agenda. That may indicate IT's increasing profile, but it also may reflect the fact that all but 7 percent of respondents said that they had experienced IT problems in the last year. @ The IT Governance Global Status Report is available for $100. Find out more, and download an executive summary, by visiting SM Online.
11/27/2007 - U.S. companies must be cautious in dealing with foreign militia groups as the government cracks down on payment schemes.
11/16/2007 - Almost one-third of companies outsource application-development tasks, as well as Web-site development and management, according to a new survey of 744 organizations carried out by Enterprise Systems, a provider of business and technology information for IT managers.
Beyond Print: International
11/09/2007 - Read the complaint from an international rights law firm, suing Chiquita Brands International, Inc., for paying nearly $2 million to paramilitaries to murder and intimidate individuals in Colombia’s banana growing region.
Legal Issues: International
11/08/2007 - The Canadian experience shows that many issues related to the admissibility of digital images in court proceedings remain unresolved.
11/01/2007 - On a single day during the summer, the FBI and law enforcement from 10 other countries conducted more than 90 searches around the world to crack down on illegal trade and distribution in software, games, movies, and music on the Internet. Investigators seized more than $50 million of pirated works during the raid, part of Operation Site Down.
Beyond Print: International
11/01/2007 - A briefing from the U.K. gives more background on Trojan malware.
10/31/2007 - Two weeks after suicide bombers killed more than 50 commuters on the London subway and a bus, a near-identical attack struck that same transportation system, though the second round of bombs didn't go off as planned. The second attack seems to mark the first time that a group affiliated with or inspired by al Qaeda has hit the same type of target twice within a few weeks.
10/29/2007 - Documents obtained by The Sunday Times of London show that British hospitals suffer 43 violent assaults per year on average. Most are committed by patients who are attacking staff, often as a result of frustration over long waiting times. Patients have attacked staff with pool cues, walkers, and, in one case, a bottle of urine.
Book Reviews: International
10/29/2007 - This is not a book so much as a collection of essays, monographs, and first-person accounts of the effects of terrorism from ground zero—the point of impact—to the human effects years afterward.
Daily Headline : International
10/25/2007 - A new report faults Chile for not prosecuting Chilean companies engaging in bribery abroad.
10/11/2007 - Oil exports have brought prosperity and international status to Putin’s Russia. The oil boom may not last much longer, say experts at Alfa-Bank, Chatham House, International Energy Agency, and the Council of Foreign Relations.