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The Politics Of Surfing

E-politics, Webware for rent

This story appears in the December 1999 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

It was bound to happen: The Internet has become so profitable that the government wants to step in. To protect? To serve? To get a piece of the pie? Whatever the motivation, its attempts to regulate the wild, wild Web could hurt your business. Here's a look at the top five threats the government poses to e-commerce:

1. Intervention without understanding. "Politicians are quick to impose regulations to appease constituents," says George Matyjewicz, moderator of the online discussion list E-Tailer's Digest (, which covers e-commerce issues for retailers. "But they don't always understand the ramifications."

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