Beyond the hype about dot-coms, WAP phones and dot-com entrepreneurs, what impacts will e-commerce have on society? How will it affect jobs and local communities? What will it mean for the environment - for energy use, transport and the future shape of our cities? How can we ensure that everyone enjoys the benefits of the new digital technologies? This is a groundbreaking exploration of the social and environmental impacts and opportunities of the new economy. It brings together the leading thinkers and visionaries from the worlds of policy, business and academia in an insightful, vigorous and at times controversial examination of the impact e-commerce will have on the way we live and work, and on the environment on which we all depend.
'An inspiring collection.' Shanker Trivedi, UK Vice-President, Sun Microsystems 'The worthiness of the tome is undeniable.' Webspace 'The impossible has occurred; an enjoyable book has been put together about the e-revolution and the dot com economy.' Community Affairs 'A groundbreaking exploration of the social and environmental opportunities of the new economy.' Greenock Telegraph 'Insightful, vigorous and at times controversial.' Computer Science 'Written for the general reader it is the outcome of wide consultations involving industry, academia, government and voluntary agencies. E-business is at a crossroads - now is the time to get on board.' Green Christians
Contributors * Acknowledgements * Glossary * Figures, Tables and Boxes * Foreword by Jonathan Porrit * Digital Futures: An Agenda for a Sustainable Digital Economy * Mind Over Matter: Greening the New Economy * E-topia? Scenarios for E-commerce and Sustainability * Dot-com Ethics: E-business and Sustainability * Surfing Alone: E-commerce and Social Capital * Sink or Surf? Social Inclusion in the Digital Age * Towards the Sustainable E-region * Virtual Traffic: E-commerce, Transport and Distribution * Bricks versus Clicks: Planning for the Digital Economy * Index