Editorial

E-government

Rosemary Mulley provides an introduction to the main issues surrounding e-government – modernisation and electronic delivery of all public services by 2005. She makes it clear that e-Government is about transformation, not computers and hints at the special legal issues which may arise.

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Spam Solution?

Do you suffer from more spam than John Cleese at a Monty Python Convention? W K Hon has found a product which might help.

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Backbytes

Richard Harrison rolls around, fails to grasp XML and lusts after Jordana.

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Evolution of Litigation Support Systems

Richard Brockbank responds to Richard Harrison's article in the Feb/March issue (vol12, issue 6), The E-mail of the Species. He maintains an understandably greater faith in litigation support systems.

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Don't Always Believe what you Reed

On 20 May 2002, Mr Justice Pumfrey gave judgment in the case of (1) Reed Executive Plc (2) Reed Solutions Plc v (1) Reed Business Information Limited (2) Reed Elsevier (UK) Limited (3) totaljobs.com Limited. The case explored for the first time in any detail the extent to which the use of various optimisation techniques for Web sites could give rise to new forms of trade mark infringement and passing off. Ian Jeffery of Lewis Silkin reports on the case and offers his comments.

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Cyberobscenity and the Ambit of English Criminal Law

Professor Michael Hirst of De Montfort University looks at a recent case and questions the Court of Appeals's approach. Professor Hirst is a contributing author to Blackstone's Criminal Practice and a widely published author on evidence and criminal law issues.

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New Chairmen for SCL: Interview with Nigel Miller

Nigel Miller of Fox Williams, is one of the new Joint Chairmen of SCL. Laurence Eastham interviewed him to find out something more about him and to pursue some of the points raised in the recent letter to members.

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Editorial

Laurence Eastham comments on the implications for IT strategy arising from the Land Registry’s proposals on e-conveyancing and wonders if BT and broadband deserve sympathy.

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BT Broadband

We asked BT for an article addressing the difficulties that are arising on implementation. These answers to some of the frequently asked questions BTopenworld receives from customers implementing broadband are what we got. Hopefully they will assist. In addition, there is a useful page on the BTopenworld site at www.btopenworld.com/business/channel/ 0,,csn=337,00.html. This has a list of frequently asked questions and provides detailed, step-by-step solutions to them. For example, it outlines how to set up an Internet dialer. Don’t miss the chance to let us know about your experience of broadband, and possible alternatives at lseastham@aol.com.

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