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Breaking the crypto code

Government and industry struggle with the export of encryption software, a key economic and national security issue.

Cryptography is widely acknowledged as a critical ingredient to the growth of business online. But law enforcement authorities also considered it a hazard that could help hide criminal activity. Here is a look at how the issue is emerging in two opposing venues.

New bill is laissez-faire
by Alex Lash and Courtney Macavinta
Legislation aimed at wiping out most Commerce Department restrictions on the export of software encryption will be reintroduced in the Senate next week.

Convention to air issues
by Alex Lash and Tim Clark
Cryptography companies will gather next week to exhibit their wares and debate the role of government in the regulation of encryption technology.