The Hill 
March 4, 2010
A top Microsoft executive on Tuesday suggested a broad Internet tax to help defray the costs associated with computer security breaches and vast Internet attacks, according to reports .
Speaking at a security conference in San Francisco, 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.