Andreessen: AOL-Netscape has a political role

The newly-merged "America Online slash Netscape" juggernaut will continue to take an active interest in tech politics, according to Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen.

Andreessen, who recently signed on as AOL's chief technology officer, said the Internet service is a "profoundly important" part of the high-tech industry with a part to play in the "dialogue" on tech policy issues ranging from encryption to global e-commerce. Andreessen was speaking Tuesday morning, after hosting a breakfast at the Netscape Briefing Center for the New Democrat Network, a political action arm of the New Democrat movement, and TechNet, a high-tech lobby group.

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