The US government has announced that David Beier will succeed Ira Magaziner as head of the White House?s ecommerce taskforce.
A senior aide to vice president Al Gore, Beier will oversee many of the ecommerce initiatives announced in the administration?s latest policy document released on Monday (see Newswire 1 December).
Beier will be helped by Elliot Maxwell, who last month was appointed Internet adviser to the Commerce Department.
Magaziner was instrumental in directing the Clinton administration?s policy efforts to boost ecommerce. This has included the transfer of government control of the Internet domain name system to a global non-profit organisation, and negotiations with the European Union to reach an agreement over its new privacy directive.
Beier will assume the role when Magaziner, who worked as head technology officer with the administration for six years, steps down at the end of the year.
The UK is following the trend of having a dedicated official to champion ecommerce by appointing its own Digital Envoy (see Newswire 26 November).
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