Netscape is spearheading a group of 16 IT suppliers and telcos, set up to lobby governments round the world to keep the Internet free but secure.
The group, called the Global Internet Project, is headed by Jim Clark, Netscape's chairman, and other members include Sun, BT, Oracle, IBM, AT&T, MCI and NEC. The group will be operated under the auspices of the US industry trade body, the IT Association of America.
The group's aim is to provide information and argument to lawmakers to persuade them that the Internet needs to remain free of government control and censorship. If it does not, trade over the new medium will suffer, the parties argue.
Netscape's move has been prompted by the US debate over Net censorship, centring on the controversial Communications Decency Act, and by proposals in other countries to restrict access or tax Internet usage.
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