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Skåne Sjælland Linux User Group: Open Source is a hot topic in Denmark

Jan 29, 2000, 19:21 (3 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Hans Schou for this link. ]

"Monday January 17th the Danish Ministry of Research held a hearing about which strong encryption tools and/or protocols the Danish government should use for communication with the citizens."

"The minister of research, Birte Weiss, opened the hearing. She mentioned Echelon as one of the reasons for arranging this hearing. "The Danish government can not do anything to protect the Danish citizens from foreign intelligence agencies, and each individual is encouraged to use encryption software" Birte Weiss said."

"The hearing ranged from secure e-commerce solutions to encryption of e-mail. Several software products were presented by Hewlett Packard, Utimaco, Network Associates, iD2 Technologies, IBM Denmark, Cryptomatic, Microsoft Research, Baltimore Technologies. The Free Software Community was represented by Werner Koch, author and project leader on the GnuPG (GNU privacy guard) project...."

"While some of the companies simply did a commercial presentation, it is worth noticing that Stefek Zaba from Hewlett Packard (HP) also presented FreeSWAN, GnuPG and OpenSSL as valuable products they offer to their customers. HP offers a lot of security solutions to their customers and use Open Source software whenever they believe this is the best solution for the customer."

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