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E-minister launches inquiry into impact of e-commerce

Hewitt directs Digital Futures to study the effects of e-commerce over the next ten years

An inquiry into the environmental and social impact of e-commerce has been launched by minister for e-commerce Patricia Hewitt.

The year long inquiry was announced Tuesday during the minister's address to the Fabian Society/SERA conference on environmental modernisation

The Digital Futures inquiry will look at the impact e-commerce could have on the environment, energy use, planning, transport and, of particular interest according to the minister, social exclusion.

Digital Futures will attempt to predict the impact on these areas over the next ten years.

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