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The laws of commerce, which were established in a marketplace where sellers and buyers met face-to-face, cannot be expected to meet the needs of electronic commerce, the rapidly expanding use of computer and communications technology in the commercial exchange of products, services, and information. E-commerce sales, which exceeded $30 billion in 1998, are expected to double annually, reaching $250 billion in 2001 and $1.3 trillion in 2003. In addition, by 2003 the Internet will compete with radio to be the third largest medium for advertising, surpassing magazines and cable television. On-line banking and brokerage is becoming the norm. In early 1998, 22 percent of securities trades were made online, and this figure is rising rapidly. Now is the time to review and update the laws of commerce for the digital marketplace.
Issues in Science and Technology.