Internet World attendees get Net policy vote

Industry casts its vote on the leading parties' e-commerce policies
Written by Jane Wakefield, Contributor

The great and the good of the Internet industry gathered this week in Earls Court for the annual Internet World conference will get a chance to have their say about the e-commerce policies of the leading political parties.

Technology has featured to a greater or lesser extent in the manifestos of Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. Now, in a virtual polling booth at e-business solutions firm Redbourne's stand (2655), visitors to the exhibition will get an opportunity to comment on which has the best campaign for Net issues.

Among the questions posed will be whether the legislation introduced by Labour has had a positive impact on the e-commerce industry so far, whether the UK is ahead of other regions in the world and what practical measures need to be taken to improve the uptake of e-commerce in the next term of government.

Redbourne's chief executive officer Steve Carter will announce the e-election results at 3.35pm on Thursday -- the same day the country goes to the polls in the wider general election.

Phil Nelson, show director of Internet World UK 2001, believes the conference is an important forum for discussing the controversial issues sorrounding e-commerce. "Maintaining an environment in which e-commerce can continue to thrive should be a key focus for the next government," he said.

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