Summit aims to raise digital IQ

The government's most decisive act in upping the country's knowledge economy IQ comes next week. Its e-commerce summit will be held on November 1 and 2 in Auckland.

The government's most decisive act in upping the country's knowledge economy IQ comes next week. Its e-commerce summit will be held on November 1 and 2 in Auckland.

The event, initiated by IT Minister Paul Swain, will cover through seminars and workshops all manner of e-commerce issues, including international branding in the internet era, exporting throughout the Asia-Pacific region and so on. Keynote addresses from the minister and chairman Sir Gil Simpson will punctuate the sessions,while interactive discussion seminars will provide a forum for industry members to hold forth.

Swain hopes to present the government's legislation on e-commerce and online transaction security at the event. The prime minister will also speak to the summit on e-commerce and what it means for New Zealand. Other speakers include Dr Mark Topping from the University of Waikato, who was "instrumental in bringing the internet to New Zealand", and Don Tapscott, chairperson of Digital 4Sight, who was described by Al Gore as "one of the world's leading cyber-gurus".

Details can be found at: www.ecommerce-summit.govt.nz.

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