Prime Minister Tony Blair is to launch the Government's ecommerce week today with a live Web chat and a lesson in how to send email.
Over the next few days the Government will make a number of ecommerce announcements, including the creation of 1000 walk-in Internet centres funded by GBP650 million of National Lottery money to give everyone the opportunity to go online at local libraries.
Bill Gates, the head of Microsoft, who recently visited Tony Blair at Number 10, is contributing GBP2.5 million to help set up 40 information and communication technology learning centres in deprived areas.
Today Tony Blair will also be answering questions put to him in an online chat on The Bun website, www.bun.com, the Internet arm of The Sun newspaper, kicking off at 2.30pm.
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