US president Bill Clinton and his vice president Al Gore will gather executives from the computer industry, legislators and government officials to help promote the Internet as a global marketplace.
The major obstacles to widespread adoption of ecommerce are security and the privacy of online information.
Critics of the Clinton administration?s strategy of favouring self regulation of the Net industry, coupled with concerns over the new European Union privacy directive, have forced the president to call a meeting next Monday in which he will ask for more action from the industry to protect consumers online.
While critics want the government to pass new legislation to protect the collection and distribution of personal information online, consumer groups like The Better Business Bureau and the Online Privacy Alliance are working to establish a framework to validate online merchants.
According to US reports executives from Cisco and eBay are among the companies included in the meeting.
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