Business leaders from around the world met in Brussels this week to discuss the urgent need to improve communications with governments about critical Internet issues.
Sparked by an initiative from European Commissioner Martin Bangemann, the executives decided to create a "Global Business Dialogue" as a platform for discussion between the public and private sectors. Conflicting policies, rules and regulations are seen by the group as hampering the progress of an online economy.
Bangemann said in a statement: ?I have challenged the private sector to take the lead by coming forward with their own proposals for removing the legal and technical uncertainties which are hampering the take-off of the global online economy.?
The group, which included representatives from Microsoft, Intel, Oracle, Sony and Sun, identified the most urgent issues for industry as taxation, tariffs, intellectual property rights, encryption, authentication, data protection and liability. They have set up a Business Steering Committee to channel proposals.
Bangemann added that the aim of the Global Business Dialogue is to, ?ensure the development of a consistent approach by public and private sector at a global level so that industry self-regulation and regulatory solutions are able to co-exist and that policy making keeps up with technological developments.?
The Business Steering Committee will announce in September the details of the first Global Business Dialogue conference that is planned for 1999.
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