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early reports from Austria: possible crypto stalemate (fwd)

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Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 03:04:38 -0300 (ADT)
From: M Taylor <[email protected]>
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Subject: early reports from Austria: possible crypto stalemate (fwd)
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Subject: early reports from Austria: possible crypto stalemate
Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 17:48:20 -0400 (EDT)
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From: David Jones <[email protected]>

Brief Crypto update:

Sources in Vienna, Austria, where the current Wassenaar negotiations
have been taking place, seem to indicate that there have been no
changes on international crypto policy.  This is generally regarded
as a "good sign", since it means the hard liners (Russia, US, France, UK, NZ)
haven't been successful, and those countries advocating a more liberal
policy may be sticking to their positions.

The next time int'l crypto policy is to be formally negotiated
is apparently early in December.

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P.S. If anyone happens to be fluent in German, maybe you could help us
     by translating, or summarizing, in English:



(via babelfish)

In my very brief summary: it appears that a stalemate was reached in
regards to the public domain exemption ("General Software Note" in Canada)
of cryptography. The heavyweights (US, UK, France, Russia) want to remove
it while others (much of Europe?, Canada?) want to preserve it.

There is also mention of key-escrow, but I'm not certain if that is tied
to the Wassenaar Agreement talks.

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Robert A. Hettinga <mailto: [email protected]>
Philodox Financial Technology Evangelism <http://www.philodox.com/>
44 Farquhar Street, Boston, MA 02131 USA
"... however it may deserve respect for its usefulness and antiquity,
[predicting the end of the world] has not been found agreeable to
experience." -- Edward Gibbon, 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'