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Date: 1998-10-08

Crypto: Wired ueber OECD, GILC, Ottawa


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q/depesche 98.10.8/3
updating 98.10.7/3

Crypto: Wired ueber OECD, GILC, Ottawa

Was bei der laufenden Tagung der OECD in Ottawa zum
Thema e-commerce in Sachen Sicherheit entschieden
wird, steht ebenso in den Sternen wie eine Einigung in
Wassenaar. Rundum hört man wenig Optimismus, dass
sich die OECD zu einer eindeutigen Empfehlung, wie sie
der kanadische Industrieminister Manley am Vorabend
der Tagung gegeben hatte, durch/ringen wird.

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Chris Jones
2:50 p.m. 7.Oct.98.PDT Is encryption technology a
weapon? This is the fundamental question that will be
debated later this year when a coalition of countries meet
to review the Wassenaar Arrangement, an international
agreement governing the proliferation of military
technology.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD) is holding a conference this week
in Ottawa to create policies and guidelines for a global
electronic-commerce system. Since many OECD
members are also signatories to the Wassenaar
Arrangement, this week's policy decisions regarding
encryption are likely to influence the upcoming
Wassenaar negotiations, according to David Banisar,
staff attorney for the Electronic Privacy Information Center
(EPIC).

In preparation for the two meetings, privacy advocates are
urging the OECD and Wassenaar sponsors to adopt less
restrictive policies on the use of encryption software
worldwide.

Members of the Global Internet Liberty Campaign argue
that cryptographic ciphers, essentially complex
mathematical equations, should no longer be treated as a
risk to global stability. A GILC statement issued last
month to the 33 participating states of the Wassenaar
Arrangement calls for the removal of encryption export
restrictions from future revisions.
....
Negotiations on the Wassenaar Arrangement are
expected to take place in Vienna before the end of the
year. But since US security and intelligence agencies
have considerable influence at both the OECD and
Wassenaar meetings, observers said that ultimately the
encryption debate could be a non-issue.

"It's clear to me that the administration continues to
follow a policy that hampers the development of strong
cryptograph ... rather than protecting human rights
internationally, it hurts [the cause]," said Susan Landau,
co-author of Privacy on the Line: The Politics of
Wiretapping and Encryption.
....

full text
http://www.wired.com/news/news/politics/story/15478.htm

relayed by Felipe Rodriquez felipe@xs4all.nl



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