Microsoft Vice President for Trustworthy Computing Scott Charney pitched the Web usage fee as one way to subsidize efforts to combat emerging cyber threats -- a costly venture, he said, but one that had vast community benefits.
"You could say it\'s a public safety issue and do it with general taxation," Charney noted.
Ultimately, Charney was only offering one suggestion during the RSA security conference; not a precise policy prescription.
But his idea has already riled many in the computer world, some of whom have since charged Microsoft and its historically vulnerable Windows operating system are responsible for countless, worldwide cybersecurity problems.
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