Tim Loughton MP, Minister for Child Internet Safety, Confirmed for ISPA Conference -

ISPA has confirmed that Tim Loughton MP, Parliamentary under-Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families will be giving the keynote speech at this year’s ISPA Conference on the 1st December. Mr. Loughton will update attendees on the Government’s plans to protect users online.

The Conference gives ISPA members and stakeholders the opportunity to hear from Ofcom and the Government on the latest decisions affecting the industry.

Simon Towler, Head of Broadband Policy and Programmes at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is also confirmed and will talk about broadband delivery UK.

The ISPA Conference is an all-day event at the London Offices of Law Firm Bird and Bird (link). It will feature a keynote address from Tim Loughton MP, a speech from BIS, panel sessions on the Digital Economy Act and Cloud Services.

ISPA is pleased to announce that Detica is sponsoring the Digital Economy Act and Initial Obligations Code panel session. If you would like to discuss other sponsorship opportunities please contactadmin@ispa.org.uk or 020 7340 8747.

Register before October 31st to benefit from the early bird rate. Download the registration form here.

Vtesse Broadband and Connect Cardiff join ISPA in September 

Broadband services provider Vtesse Broadband and business ISP Connect Cardiff have both joined ISPA this month.

Vtesse Broadband provides broadband services to communities and businesses - www.vtessebroadband.co.uk and Connect Cardiff delivers internet services to businesses across Cardiff and South Wales -www.connectcardiff.co.uk.

full list of ISPA Members and benefits of membership can be found on the website.

EuroISPA Lobbying Success on ACTA 

The European Parliament this month adopted a Written Declaration that criticised the lack of a transparent negotiation process regarding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) discussions and has taken a clear position in favour of ISPs:

“European Parliament takes the view that internet service providers should not bear liability for the data they transmit or host through their services to an extent that would necessitate prior surveillance or filtering of such data.”

EuroISPA has been lobbying hard on this issue, in coordination with other European ICT associations, NGOs and consumer organisations. This success is a further step forward in raising awareness about the importance to preserve the intermediary liability regime internationally and will be, politically, a strong tool in the context of the review of EU Directives on IPR, e-commerce, etc.

20 Per cent Discount to ISPA Members on Legal Advice 

DLA Piper, a global legal services organisation with offices across the UK as well as EMEA, Asia and the US, is offering ISPA members the chance to join their "Collecting the Cash" programme which provides a free helpline for ad hoc queries. It also offers a 20% discount on their standard hourly rates, with their specialist telecoms payment recovery and commercial litigation team.

For more information email Duncan Calow duncan.calow@dlapiper.com
or Richard Norman richard.norman@dlapiper.com.

Other ISPA membership benefits include a 20 per cent discount on subscriptions to the New Media Age Magazine and free membership of CISAS (Communications and Internet Services Adjudication Scheme).

For more information on benefits of membership please emailadmin@ispa.org.uk

IWF Awareness Day – 7 October 2010 

The IWF Awareness Day will be taking place on 7th October this year to help raise awareness of the work of the IWF.

ISPA is a member of the Internet Watch Foundation, the UK internet Hotline for the public to report their inadvertent exposure to online child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the world and non-photographic child sexual abuse images, criminally obscene adult content and incitement to racial hatred content hosted in the UK.

The IWF works in partnership with the online industry, government, police and the public. As a result of this self-regulatory approach, less than 1% of online child sexual abuse content has apparently been hosted in the UK since 2003, down from 18% in 1997.

For more information or to report a website visit www.iwf.org.uk.

15 per cent Members Discount to Broadband Traffic Management 2010 

The 2nd ‘Broadband Traffic Management’ event will be taking place on the 16th-18th November 2010 in London and ISPA members are entitled to 15 per cent discount on tickets.

For details on the events and discounts for members visit -http://www.ispa.org.uk/events/page_23.html.

ISPA in the News 

ISPA was quoted in the news this month on issues ranging from broadband coverage, the Digital Economy Act, and NGA.

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