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EE Times: Vienna agreement loosens some exports, but sets limit on products over 64 bits--Despite deal, encryption stalemate endures

Dec 19, 1998, 12:21 (0 Talkback[s])

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"The Great Encryption Debate that has dragged on for more than five years shows no signs of abating."

"The encryption deal announced in Vienna on Dec. 3 by the Wassenaar Arrangement, the 33-nation group that monitors military exports, was greeted with predictable scorn by those opposed to restrictions on the export of encryption products."

"On other export issues, Commerce officials predicted that U.S. controls on computer exports will eventually be phased out."

"The secret here is the chips, not the box," Reinsch said, noting that relatively high-performance ICs have been decontrolled since early in the Bush administration. Linking multiple boards or PCs using software like Linux "is not a closely held technology in the United States," he said. "It's all over the world via U.S. and non-U.S. clone production facilities."

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