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Channel.com Briefs: e-com habits, Media Tech, LibertyOne

Channel.com Briefs: e-com habits, Media Tech, LibertyOne

Study reveals e-com habits

A study by Roper Starch Worldwide, commissioned by ISP giant AOL, suggests Internet users are starting to embrace the transactional capabilities of the Internet.

A random survey of over 1000 Internet subscribers found over half (56 per cent) of Internet users shop online, nearly double the amount who shopped online in 1998 (31 per cent). Over 80 per cent of respondents said they used the Internet to research products before making purchases.

According to the survey, consumers are willing to spend more online, with 26 per cent spending over $500 in the previous three months, up from 19 per cent in 1999.

Users are also engaging in more e-commerce activities such as banking (from 16 per cent in 1998 to 25 per cent for 2000) and trading shares (from 11 per cent in 1998 to 16 per cent in 2000).

Media Tech wins NSW Government contract

Media Technology (formerly Media Tech Pacific) has won a contract to design and implement an Internet-enabled legislative drafting and publishing system for the NSW Parliamentary Counsel's Office (PCO).

The contract, worth half a million dollars over three years, is to deliver legislation and information about legislation in a more accessible form, based on Standard Generalised Markup Language (SGML).

SGML allows for seamless publishing in a variety of formats such as PDF (Portable Document Format) and XML.

"We are aiming to short-circuit any gaps between the release of new and updated legislation and its availability to the public," said Michael Rubacki, publishing and administration manager, Parliamentary Counsel's Office. "Our Web site will become an original source site. The public will not have to wait for third-party publishers to put NSW legislation on the Internet."

LibertyOne CEO drops from board

LibertyOne CEO Marcelle Anderson has left the company's board as financial saviour as iReality starts to take a stranglehold on LibertyOne decision making.

While Anderson will stay on as CEO, she has indicated on several occasions that her role will diminish as iReality seeks to turn LibertyOne's fortunes around.

Anderson's exit comes hot on the heels of the exit of fellow board member David Milman. iReality, which is contributing around $34 million of funding to save the Internet venture from financial disaster, now has its three founders, Matthew Burlage, Ravi Sarathy and Thomas Britt, on the LibertyOne board.


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