new or old?
size & shape
This page considers 'new economy' advocacy groups.
It covers -
number of national, regional and global electronic commerce
associations are emerging.
Locally two bodies are Tradegate,
an Australian electronic commerce association, and the
Australian Internet Industry Association (IIA).
The Australian Electronic Business Network (AEBN)
is a government program meant to "foster awareness
of electronic commerce among small to medium enterprises".
Lots of Canberra propaganda, along with some good stuff.
The explosion of ecommerce in North America has resulted
in a proliferation of lobby groups, expert panels and
reports. Many of those bodies share membership, produce
little of value and are unlikely to be around after sucking
on the exhaust of traffic going down the information highway.
We're highlighting a few of the more interesting - or
merely more powerful - bodies.
The Electronic Commerce Forum (ECF)
competes with NetCoalition.com
and the strangely named Global Information Infrastructure
US bricks-&-mortar retailers, including the International
Council of Shopping Centers and International Mass Retail
Association, have formed the E-Fairness
Coalition, a lobby group advocating a 'level playing
field' at the state and national levels.
Alliance, another lobby group, advertises itself as
the "premier organisation of Internet policy professionals
representing the Internet online industry" [sic]
and strongly aligned with the Direct Marketing Association
The US-based Internet Law & Policy Forum (IPF)
has a cross-border focus. Its current working groups are
dealing with self-regulation, digital signatures, content
blocking, and certificate authorities.
The Global Internet Project (GIP),
another US-based and industry-driven group, has produced
a number of interesting papers on cryptography and regulatory
regimes. It has supported the private-sector led Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN)
and is associated with bodies such as the Global Business
Dialogue for Electronic Commerce (GBDe).
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