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This could well go down in history as the summer the U.S. government finally woke up and
recognized electronic commerce as something more than a passing fad.
As the headlines harp on with the theme of dot-com mayhem and new economy crisis, the
government is quietly increasing its role in the development and promotion of online
selling. Is it a good thing -- or a dreaded inevitability -- that the Bush administration
and the U.S. Congress have aggressively stepped up their participation in e-commerce?