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Clinton urges international consensus on free e-commerce

Clinton urges international consensus on free e-commerce

President Clinton has presented the US administration's strategy for promoting elec-tronic-commerce by calling on Internet users to work towards reaching an international consensus, allowing for commerce to prosper on the global network.

"Governments can have a profound effect on the growth of electronic-commerce," Clinton said in a statement released by the White House. "By their actions, they can facilitate electronic trade or inhibit it. Government officials should respect the unique nature of the medium and recognise that widespread com-petition and increased consumer choice should be the defining features of the new digital marketplace.

The full version of the statement is available on the White House's Web site at www.whitehouse.govYou tell usShould governments tax the Internet? Many products attract sales tax or, in other countries, a goods and services or value added tax. If Internet transactions are conducted over the Internet - such as downloading and buying software - should this be taxed too? If so, how can the tax be collected? Contact ARN's business editor, John Costello, with your ideas:

E-mail: john_costello@idg.com

Tel (02) 9438 2410 Fax (02) 9438 2410


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