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Public Affairs Services Definitions

This document outlines the Public Affairs Services to be provided by LINX to its Members from 1st January 2007 until changed by Ordinary Resolution.

[Version 1.0 28th October 2005]

Context

  1. Content Regulation
  2. European Internet Exchanges Regulatory Awareness
  3. Law enforcement
  4. Telecommunications Regulation
  5. Unsolicited Bulk Messaging

Content Regulation

To meet with representatives of Government, Police and other bodies to discuss regulation of content on the Internet and to provide appropriate representation to ensure that resulting policies and actions are realistic and reasonable for LINX members.

Specifically:

  • Choose representative[s] for the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) as appropriate.
  • Oversee IWF activities and funding.
  • To maintain a mailing list for LINX members to discuss content regulation.
  • Produce Best Current Practice (BCP) documents for LINX members.
  • Co-opt non-members, should the need arise.
  • Collate information on all areas of content regulation worldwide to assist in deciding direction of ISPs, and keep LINX members informed of events that may directly affect the way they carry on their business.
  • Prepare advice on how to deal with media pressure on related issues.
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European Internet Exchanges Regulatory Awareness

To facilitate the exchange of relevent regulatory information between Internet exchanges across Europe, including LINX.

Specifically:

  • To meet with representatives of European government bodies, and others who make and influence public policy and their members on a Europe-wide basis;
  • To provide information on new developments in public policy and regulation affecting European Internet exchanges and their members to Euro-IX as well as LINX;

Limitations on scope:

  • The scope of this activity is limited to policy that applies across Europe through the institutions of the European Union or other multi-national institutions; policy at a purely national level is not within scope.
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Law enforcement

To meet with representatives of Government and other bodies to discuss interception, regulation of Communications and disclosure of Communications Data on the Internet and to provide appropriate representation to ensure that resulting actions and legislation are realistic and reasonable for LINX members, and protect the privacy interests of their subscribers.

Specifically

  • To meet with (including participating in the regular meetings of) representatives of Government, Home Office, Law Enforcement Agencies, ACPO, EU Commission, G8 Working Groups and other appropriate bodies to report on activities by the above bodies to LINX members, including but not limited to changes in policy and proposed legislation (including Codes of Practice) concerning Communications and Communications Data.
  • To engage in active dialogue with the authorities and legislators to ensure that any new laws drafted to deal with these issues are done so on an informed basis.
  • To engage in dialogue and co-ordinate with other bodies, including civil liberties and other public policy organisations, lobbying Government with respect to these issues, and to host regular meetings of the Internet Users Privacy Forum.
  • To maintain a mailing list for LINX members to discuss law enforcement issues.
  • Produce Best Current Practice (BCP) documents for LINX members.
  • Co-opt non-members, should the need arise.
  • To prepare advice for members regarding their interactions with law enforcement agencies, and in particular the actions that law enforcement authorities are entitled, and not entitled, to request from members.
  • To improve communication between the LINX and bodies responsible for telecoms regulation.
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Telecommunications Regulation

To meet with (including participating in the regular meetings of) representatives of OFTEL, DTI, SPIG, the relevant parts of the EU Commission, and any other appropriate bodies in order to:

  • Report on activities by the above bodies to LINX members, including but not limited to changes in regulation, interconnect, peering and numbering policy.
  • Educate and advise the above bodies on technical and commercial aspects of the Internet in the context of telecoms regulation.
  • To maintain a mailing list for LINX members to discuss telecoms regulation.
  • Co-opt non-members, should the need arise.
  • Report to interested LINX members issues about which each LINX member might wish to lobby.

The subcommittee shall only involve itself with lobbying the above bodies on issues likely to be universally agreed upon by LINX members.

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Unsolicited Bulk Messaging

To operate a sub-committee tasked with producing solutions to the currently major, and growing, problem of Unsolicited Bulk Messaging (including Unsolicited Commercial E-mail ("UCE"), as well as abuse of USENET news) and to co-ordinate with other organisations working on solutions to it.

  • To maintain a mailing list for LINX members to discuss this problem
  • Produce Best Current Practice (BCP) documents for LINX members
  • Collate information on all areas of UBM regulation worldwide for LINX members
  • To minimise duplication of effort between the work of this sub-committee, other LINX sub-committees, and external bodies such as the DMA and CAUCE.
  • To engage in dialogue with organisations involved in direct marketing, to investigate possible legitimate and acceptable means of delivering UBM to those prepared to accept it.
  • Education of the Internet user community, and communication through the media, of the nature and seriousness of this problem and its prevention.
  • To engage in active dialogue with the authorities and legislators to ensure that any new laws drafted to deal with this problem are done so on an informed basis and are in the interests of LINX members and their customers.
  • Co-opt non-members, should the need arise.

This page was last modified 13:28, 28 October 2005.

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