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Martin Burns

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The EU has agreed on a framework for eCommerce in Europe, including a number of measures to protect consumers or enhance opportunity for providers.

Amongst the highlights are:

  • Service providers will not be liable for content sent over their systems
  • The legality of a service will only be subject to the originating country's juristiction
  • The location of a provider is defined as the place where business is carried out (ie the office, not where the servers are located)
  • Spam is recognised as being problematic

The directive will only apply to providers established within Europe.

The EU has also announced an initiative to extend the benefits of an Information Society to all Europeans. Le document est egalement disponible en francais, and there is also a wider store of info available from the EU's Information Society Directorate-General.

Martin Burns has been doing this stuff since Netscape 1.0 days. Starting with the communication ends that online media support, he moved back through design, HTML and server-side code. Then he got into running the whole show. These days he's working for these people as a Project Manager, and still thinks (nearly 6 years on) it's a hell of a lot better than working for a dot-com. In his Copious Free Time™, he helps out running a Cloth Nappies online store.

Amongst his favourite things is ZopeDrupal, which he uses to run his personal site. He's starting to (re)gain a sneaking regard for ECMAscript since the arrival of unobtrusive scripting.

He's been a member of since the very early days, a board member, a president, a writer and even contributed a modest amount of template code for the current site. Above all, he likes to do things because it knowingly chooses to do so, rather than randomly stumbling into them. He's also one of the boys and girls who beervolts in the UK, although the arrival of small children in his life have knocked the frequency for 6.

Most likely to ask: Why would a client pay you to do that?

Least likely to ask: Why isn't that navigation frame in Flash?

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