Memorandum by World Internet Forum
1. What needs to be done to create confidence
and to stimulate e-commerce?
The UK trust set up recently is not fair; the Consumers'
Association is both a trustee and a body seeking "trust".
We would like to suggest that this is a world
matter and one that the World Internet Forum could take on; we
have had discussions with Clicksure in Washington DC (DW is chairman
of their Council); they too are seeking trustee status but not
for UK only for the world; again they have asked if this is something
WiF could do; we could, but there would have to be a buy in from
all governments; how will this be done?
2. Does the European Commission's draft Action
Plan "e-Europe: An Information Society for All" offer
a realistic means of promoting e-commerce in the EU?
Comments to follow.
3. Will codes of conduct and co-regulation
provide sufficient protection? Is there a case for intervention
by national governments and the EU?
The Internet is global; the main problem for
the EU and for all governments is taxation; the World Internet
Forum based at a university to give it academic and transparency
could do this.
4. Do the institutions of national government,
on the one hand, and the European Commission, the Council of Ministers
and the European Parliament, on the other, function with sufficient
flexibility and coherence to promote the EU's objectives in the
field of e-commerce?
E-commerce has developed without government
aid and will continue to do so; the major problems are pornography,
drug trafficking and libel but there are search machines that
can help here; taxation remains the issue.
5. Should existing EU institutions' internal
structures be changed, or new ones created, to improve policy
development and co-ordination?
The Internet will change democracy and change
how governments work; governments are generally reactive; governments
are vertical organisations; the Internet is flat; the Internet
transcends the nation state; too many governments think of the
Internet as a delivery mechanism without properly understanding
that it changes the nature of government per se.
6. How can structural change be brought about
fast enough to accommodate to the growth of e-commerce?
Sort the server, tax position (OECD papers about
to be published?).
Unmetered access ASAP.