Gilmore Addresses Participants of Global Summit

Posted: March 14, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Emily Yaghmour

The purpose of the 2000 Global Internet Summit is to develop policy-making principles to guide the growth of the Internet, Gov. James Gilmore announced yesterday in the summit’s keynote speech.

Gilmore identified several principles related to Internet policy that he would like to see adopted. First, he calls for ensuring that the Internet be accessible to all–not only to the privileged. He also proposes establishing universal Internet standards that are respectful of the many cultures in the world. In addition, he stresses the importance of Internet security–not only to protect the privacy of individuals who are using the Internet but also to ensure that terrorists do not sabotage Internet networks.

Gilmore, who serves as chair of the Congressional Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce, also proposes making the Internet a tax-free zone. He is against imposing sales taxes on electronic commerce, and maintains that states should abolish “use” taxes and that the federal government should abolish the federal telecom excise tax.

Today, Gilmore signs the nation’s first Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act (UCITA) at 10 a.m. in Mason Hall. According to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, “UCITA will make it possible for states to provide a neutral and predictable legal framework for transactions in computer information in Internet and in other transactional contexts, and for states to provide greater legal certainty for the millions of transactions which are occurring daily.”

In addition to the governor’s speech, the program on Monday featured presentations and remarks by several individuals who are prominent in the Internet industry, including Vint Cerf, widely known as one of the fathers of the Internet, and Michael Dell, chair and CEO of Dell Computer. Today, a keynote address by Congressman Tom Bliley is followed by four panel discussions, featuring such industry leaders as Steve Case, Chairman of America Online; Ivan Seidenberg, chair and CEO of Bell Atlantic; and William Schrader, chair and CEO of PSINet.

Nine hundred people, representing more than 25 countries, have registered for the Global Summit. In addition, more than 400 observer tickets were issued. One hundred and twenty-five press representatives have registered for the summit.

While all observer passes have been distributed, transcripts of lectures and speeches will soon be available at

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