Internet Business Activities:

What exactly is "E-Commerce"?


Quick Index:


SSGRR 2002s L'Aquila (near Rome), July 29-August 4 2002 [International Conference on Advances in Infrastructure for e-Business, e-Education, e-Science, and e-Medicine on the Internet]

Regulating the Internet: EU and US Perspectives [A Conference Sponsored by the European Union Center and School of Communications at the University of Washington April 27-April 29, 2000]

Internet Business Model:

Internet Statistics:

Organizational Intranets:

Companies are beginning to turn to the World Wide Web for their "Intranets" -- smaller private networks that combine text, graphics and video to distribute news, answer employee questions, update personnel records and connect geographically distant workers. Companies note that doing it on the Web, while less secure, is cheaper, easier to install, more flexible and requires much less training than using a groupware package such as Lotus Notes. Sales of Intranet software are on the rise, from $142 million this year to a predicted $1.2 billion in 1997. And while Notes has 3 million users, Intranets link about 15 million workers, according to Zona Research Inc. (Wall Street Journal 7 Nov 95 A1)

A Web Week survey reports that "Webmasters at big companies generally enjoy responsibility, authority and respectable remuneration." The typical webmaster is male (87.5%), in his 30s (55%), earns more than $45,000 a year (57.5%), and often more than $65,000 a year (37.5%). Rather than being nerdy troglodytes who emerge from their dens only for another meal of nachos, Cheez Whiz and Jolt cola, Web Week found that many webmasters play a leading role in developing their companies' online strategies. And many of them don't like the name "webmaster," suggesting instead webmeister, webmasochist, or "all-knowing and -seeing ruler of time, dimension and space" as alternatives. (Tampa Tribune 6 Nov 95 A2)

Other Softwares:


Internet Business

National Internet Providers

Local Internet Providers

Wireless Providers:

Services related to Organization and Design of Commercial Home Pages

Online Video Services (incl. Encoding, Streaming and Hosting)

Consumer Protection:



Carlassare, Elizabeth. Dotcome Divas: E-Business Insights from the Visionary Women Founders of 20 Net Ventures. McGraw-Hill 2001. [HF5548.325.U6.C37.2001]

Drucker, Peter. Beyond the Information Revolution," (E-Commerce) Atlantic Monthly, October 1999. ["a prescient social philosopher peers into what he has called 'the future that is already here'."]

... the Information Revolution is just beginning to be felt. But it is not "information" that fuels this impact. It is not "artificial intelligence." It is not the effect of computers and data processing on decision-making, policy-making, or strategy. ... practically no one foresaw or, indeed, even talked about ten or fifteen years ago: e-commerce -- that is, the explosive emergence of the Internet as a major, perhaps eventually the major, worldwide distribution channel for goods, for services, and, surprisingly, for managerial and professional jobs. This is profoundly changing economies, markets, and industry structures; products and services and their flow; consumer segmentation, consumer values, and consumer behavior; jobs and labor markets. But the impact may be even greater on societies and politics and, above all, on the way we see the world and ourselves in it.

Leinbach, Thomas R. and Stanley D Brunn (eds). Worlds of E- Commerce: Economic, Geographical and Social Dimensions. Chichester: John Wiley, 2001 isbn 0-471-494550.

Foreword (Abler)

Introduction: Electronic Commerce: Definitions, Dimensions and Constraints (Brunn and Leinbach, USA)

Part 1 Ecommerce: Meaning, Theory and Impacts

Ecommerce in the New Economy (Leinbach, USA)

Towards an economics of the Internet and E-commerce (Button, USA)

Beyond Transaction Costs: E-Commerce and the Power of Internet Dataspace (Kenney and Curry, USA/Mexico)

The Geography of E-Commerce: Towards a Location Theory of Distributed Computing (Goodchild, USA)

Maybe the Death of Distance, but Not the End of Geography: The Internet as a Network (Malecki and Gorman, USA)

Part 2: Electronic Commerce in Firm, Regional and International Context

The Information Society, Japanese style: Corner Stores as Hubs for E-Commerce Access (Aoyama, USA)

Internet Economies and the Online Recruiting Industry (Cobb, USA)

Grounding Global Flows: Constructing An Ecommerce Hub in Singapore (Coe and Yeung, Singapore)

Finding the Source of Examining the Store the "Earth's Biggest Selection" (Dodge, UK)

Electronic banking and City-Systems in the Netherlands (Van Geenhuizen and Nijkamp, Amsterdam)

Global Electronic Spaces: Singapore's Role in the Foreign Exchange Market in the Asia-Pacific Region (Langdale, Sydney)

Part 3 Ecommerce: Social, Political and Economic Policy Dimensions

The Currency of Currency: Speed, Sovereignty and Electronic Finance (Warf and Purcell, USA)

Information Communication Technologies and the Integration of European Derivatives Markets (Power, Sweden)

Dry Countries in Cyberspace: Governance and Enforcement without Geographic Borders (Regan, USA)

Dot com Development: Are IT Lines Better than Tractors (Wilson, USA)

Corporate Nations: The Emergence of New Sovereignties (Edwards, Microsoft Corporation, USA)

McCarthy, Joseph L. Commerce in cyberspace. New York, NY : Conference Board, 1996. 22 p. ; "Report based on the Conference Board's Commerce in Cyberspace Conference, held in New York City on February 6-7, 1996."--[p. 2]. Includes bibliographical references. Internet-marketing. Marketing. Business Admin General Stacks HF5415.1265 .C65 1996

McKeown, Patrick G. and Watson, Richard T., Metamorphosis: A Guide to the World Wide Web and Electronic Commerce. Version 2.0. Nwe York: Wiley, 1997, 183pp., $20.95 (paper). [JEL March 1998, p.358]
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Maddox, Kate. Survey shows increase in online usage, shopping: Web advertising tolerance drops as Net audience seeks information on its own,

More people are using the Internet, more of them are shopping online and more are tuning out advertising. Those are some of the key findings of Advertising Age's sixth annual Interactive Media Study, conducted by Market Facts' TeleNation, Arlington Heights, Ill. The survey was based on random sample telephone interviews with 2,000 U.S. adults during the first week of October (1998).

OECD, The Economic and Social Impact of Electronic Commerce: Preliminary Findings and Research Agenda. Paris 1999. [HF5548.32.W97.1999] [full report, pdf]

OECD, Electronic Commerce (Portal) [May 2001]

Wiseman, Alan E., The Internet Economy: Access, Taxes, and Market Structure 128 pp. / Brookings Institution/Press, 2000 Cloth 0-8157-9384-7, $19.95

Matthew A. Zook University of California, Berkeley Department of City and Regional Planning "The Web of Consumption: The Spatial Organization Of the Internet Industry in the United States," [PDF] Paper prepared for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning 1998 Conference Tomorrow's Cities Today: Building for the Future, Pasadena, CA Ė November 5-8, 1998

Abstract: This paper provides a description and analysis of how a potentially ^”spaceless^‘ industry such as the Internet is clustering in specific geographical locations. Using a data set of Internet domain name from the summer of 1998, this paper finds that three regions ^÷ San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles are clearly the most important sites of this emerging industry. Combined, the New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles regions have as many com domain names as the next 11 largest metropolitan regions.
It is argued that the reason behind this concentration has much to due with the characteristics of the industrial districts enjoyed by these regions that has allowed for the sharing of knowledge, labor pools and capital. Of particular interest is venture capital, which despite its mobility has distinct geographic patterns and has greatly aided the formation of startups in this emerging industry. The dataset is based on a survey conducted by the author during June and July of 1998 and is mapped to street addresses.[distributed by the author by Email]

Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2001 16:30:00 -0600
Subject: Most wired U.S. cities

The April edition of Yahoo Internet Life lists its annual "Most Wired
Cities" ranking.  It's based on Yahoo's odd method of assigning points for
the following data: percentage of households online, the proportion having
high-speed connections, the amount of consumer online spending, domain name
ownership (conducted by Berkeley researcher . . . Matthew?), web content
highlighting city, and local government web-based services.

1. San Jose, 33.3 points (out of 40)
2. San Francisco, 32.5 
3. Austin-San Marcos, Texas, 29.1 
4. Washington, D.C., 28.1 
5. Orange County, 26.6 
6. Las Vegas, 26.0 
7. Oxnard-Ventura, 25.7
8. Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C., 24.9 
9. Seattle, 24.6
10. Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, N.J., 24.4
11. New York, 24.3 
12. Boston, 24.2 
13. San Diego, 24.1 
14. Oakland, 23.5
15. Atlanta, 22.9
16. Phoenix-Mesa, Ariz., 22.9 
17. Dallas, 22.5 
18. Los Angeles-Long Beach, 22.3 
19. Minneapolis-St. Paul., Minn., 22.3
20. Bergen-Passaic, N.J., 21.8

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