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The Wassenaar Arrangement Campaign

The Global Internet Liberty Campaign (GILC) has began a campaign calling for the removal of cryptography controls from the Wassenaar Arrangement.

The aim of the Wassenaar Arrangement is to prevent the build up of military capabilities that threaten regional and international security and stability, by restricting the proliferation of offensive strategic weapons. It treats encryption as a munition to be restricted in the same manner as weapons of war. But cryptographic products are vital for the continued growth of digital economies, for the development of secure electronic commerce and the protection of the privacy of citizens.

There is no sound basis within the Wassenaar Arrangement for the continuation of any export controls on cryptographic products.

The Wassenaar Campaign is being coordinated by Electronic Frontiers Australia and quintessenz user group.


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