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InfoWorld: Chip makers publish Net regulation white paper

May 01, 2000, 15:36 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martyn Williams)

"A group of associations representing the world's top semiconductor makers have called on world governments to ensure any policies and regulations in the Internet arena promote competition and are not used as excuses to further the governments' regulatory hand."

"Chief among its recommendations is that the current WTO (World Trade Organization) moratorium on e-commerce duties be made permanent. Any taxes that are applied to e-commerce transactions should not treat online sales any less favorably than real-world transactions, no e-commerce-specific taxes should be introduced, and tax regimes should be clear and simple."

"The group also recommended that efforts to control encryption products take into account the availability of such products on the world market, and said it was "imperative that governments do not impose restrictions in the name of national security that actually serve to discourage or restrict the flow of information and, ultimately, interfere with trade."

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