The Institute for Global Electronic Commerce

UMBC, IBM Toronto, IBM Paris, Elron Electronics Industries, Ltd. (Israel) and Rutgers-Newark are core members of an alliance that recognizes the power, potential and possibility of electronic commerce to rewrite business, industry and education. They have founded The Institute for Global Electronic Commerce (IGEC), designed to address the pressing research, education and training needs of the global marketplace.

The Institute brings together university scholars, business leaders, and leading-edge thinkers to promote the electronic transmission of commercial transactions. This "think tank" enterprise will focus on areas such as computer-human interaction, legal issues, encryption, security and public policy.

The Global Politics of Electronic Commerce and Electronic Commerce are two in a series of university courses offered through the Institute. The University of Maryland Interactive Video Network (ivn) and the Maryland Distance Learning Network (mdln)

The IVN and the MDLN are interactive video networks that link all campuses of the University of Maryland, [Maryland] community colleges, high schools and research laboratories via digital compressed and full bandwidth fiberoptic links for the purpose of intercollegiate teaching and meeting. Dialup ISDN circuits enable connections to be made from our instructional television classrooms to corporate, military and other academic sites worldwide.

Global Electronic Commerce Courses

Global Electronic Commerce is exploding around the world. A paperless, almost instant world of commerce has been created through recent, breakneck advances in information technology, including the Internet, network software, search engines, websites, satellites and wireless communications.

Now, everything is for sale online, from travel and financial services to banking, books, music, groceries and even medical information and diagnosis. This world of new and exciting applications is changing the way business takes place, and electronic commerce hopes to reduce product and service costs and improve customer response time and quality.

Thus, implementing initiatives in electronic commerce is emerging as a vital business strategy in the Information Age. How should this commercial revolution be guided? What issues need to be resolved? How should the technology be developed and managed?

The Global Politics of Electronic Commerce

April 6-June 8, 1998
Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Principal Instructor: James A.R. Johnson, Deputy Director, Global Information Infrastructure Commission and Visiting Research Associate, IGEC, UMBC. He is the head of the USA delegation to the G-7 Electronic Policy Group.

Main location: IGEC, The University of Maryland, Baltimore County
This course will be taught at UMBC and broadcast to Rutgers University and IBM Toronto.

The Global Politics of Electronic Commerce hopes to capture for the historic record the actual creating of global policies that will shape the twenty-first century. Invited lecturers are headliners in the global electronic marketplace who share experiences based on their organization's actual work in forging the policies, standards, and expectations for the world of global electronic commerce.

This course will be a living review of the public policy developments occurring around the world which are shaping the legal, regulatory and policy environment for the global electronic commerce marketplace. Lectures are delivered by nationally and internationally recognized industry and government experts representing U.S. government agencies, state governments, foreign governments, international treaty organizations, information technology business-industry associations, and technology companies.

By attending course lectures, and studying, online, current policy documents in development, students have a rare opportunity to become engaged in dialogue shaping a new society.

Course topics

  • Tax policies on the Internet
  • Content regulation, privacy and security of Internet commerce transactions
  • Protection of consumer interests
  • The threat to national boundaries and legal jurisdiction posed by the Internet
  • Electronic payment systems, online banking and financial services
  • Global harmonization of commercial laws
  • Technical standards development for a worldwide market
  • The place of developing nations in the global information society/economy
Invited speakers
  • Dr. Ira Magaziner, Policy Advisor to the President, The White House, and author of the White House Framework for Global Electronic Commerce The Honorable Joanna Shelton, Deputy Secretary-General, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris, France. The OECD is a major developer of policy proposals for adoption by its 29 member nations. The Honorable Gunther Rexrodt, Minister of Economy, Federal Republic of Germany. Germany is the first country to enact a comprehensive Multimedia Law, which is intended to govern all aspects of the impact of the Internet on that nation.
  • Jeffrey Ritter, Director, Electronic Commerce Law and International Policy Studies (ECLIPS), The Ohio State University, and Chair, Cyberspace Law Committee, American Bar Association
  • James Bond, Director, Information and Telecommunications Policy, The World Bank, Washington, DC
  • Frank Cilluffo, Senior Policy Analyst, Global Organized Crime Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Dr. Brian Kahin, Deputy Director, Office of the Science Advisor to the President, The White House
  • Dr. Michael Nelson, Director, International Programs, Federal Communication Commission
  • Pending invitations are outstanding to: Major Riddick, Chief of Staff, Gov. of Maryland. -- Ira Magaziner -- David Barram, Administrator, General Services Administration
  • Depending on international travel plans: lecture opportunities have been offered to Hon. Joanna Shelton, Deputy Secretary General, OECD; Bruno Lanvin, Director UNCTAD Trade Points Program; and Dr. Keith Change, Chair, APEC Telecommunications Working Group.
Course Schedule

April 7:  Dr. Ira Magaziner
             Senior Advisor to the President
             (invited, not yet confirmed)

April 14:  Thomas Kalil
                Director, Information Technology Policy
               The White House

april 21:   Jeffrey Ritter, Esq.
               ECLIPS, Ohio State University

April 28:  still open

May 5:  Dr. Michael Nelson
             Director, International Technology Policy

April 28:  still open

May 5:   Dr. Michael Nelson
             Director, International Technology Policy
             Federal Communications Commission
             (formerly White House Science Advisor on Technology Policy)

May 12:   Mr. Donald Abelson
               Chief Negotiator - Telecommunications Policy
               United States Trade Representative -
               Executive Office of the President

May 19:   Dr. Patrick Vittet-Philippe
               European Commission (DG XIII)
               (author of the EC policy paper on electronic commerce)

May 26:   Mr. Frank Ciluffo
               Senior Policy Analyst
               Global Organized Crime Project
               Center for Strategic and International Studies
               (recently addressed the Davos conf. on cyber terrorism)

June 2:     Dr. Daniel Greenwood
               Deputy Attorney General
               Commonwealth of Massachusetts
               (expert on state legislation on e-commerce)

June 9:     still open
The Global Politics of Electronic Commerce is held on the UMBC campus, conveniently located five miles south of Baltimore City, off Interstate 95. Please visit our website at:

For additional information call:
UMBC Continuing Education: (410) 455-2336
Rutgers Continuing Education: (973) 353-5113

Who Should Attend: Students of business, technology or public policy n Managers and executives of technology companies n Staffs and members of trade associations representing ICT companies n State government managers dealing with information technology issues n Members and staff of the State legislature n Federal government agency managers n Members of the legal community IGEC information:

Electronic Commerce

April 7-June 9, 1998
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Principal Instructor: Dr. Nabil R. Adam, Professor of Computer and Information Systems; Director of the Center for Information Management, Integration, and Connectivity (CIMIC) at Rutgers University, and member of the Department of Computer and Information Science, NJIT.

Main location: CIMIC, Rutgers University, Newark Campus
This course will be taught at the Rutgers University and broadcast to UMBC and IBM Toronto.

Electronic Commerce refers to business activities involving consumers, manufacturers, service providers, and intermediaries using computer networks such as the Internet. This class serves as an introduction to electronic commerce, and divides its time by discussing the three principle tenets of this discipline: business, technical and policy issues. Interdisciplinary in nature, the course will cover a wide range of topics, and is designed to attract a diverse audience. Guest lecturers from a wide range of disciplines will provide expertise on the topics listed below. The only prerequisite is a working knowledge of the Internet.

Course topics

  • Introduction to Electronic Commerce
  • Components and Services-electronic catalogs, electronic payment systems, EDI, Intranets and Extranets
  • Electronic Commerce for Business-applications to publishing, retailing, supply chain, advertising and marketing, manufacturing and banking
  • Technical Aspects and Technologies-database, data warehousing, data mining, networking and telecommunications technology, agent services
  • Principles of Security for Commerce-requirements, authentication, authorization, confidentiality, integrity, non-repudiation, firewalls, encryption, digital signatures
  • Electronic Commerce Policy and Legal Issues
  • Social and Cultural Issues

Invited speakers

  • Dr. Yoon Chung, Professor, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea
  • Dr. James A.R. Johnson, Deputy Director, Global Information Infrastructure Commission and Visiting Research Associate, IGEC, UMBC
  • Dr. Weidong Kou, Principal Investigator, Center for Advanced Studies, IBM Toronto Laboratory and Adjunct Professor, UMBC
  • Dr. Luis Kun, Senior Information Technology Advisor, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research
  • Dr. Richard Langhorne, Professor and Director, Center for Global Change and Governance, Rutgers University
  • Dr. Shamim A. Naqvi, Department Head, Bell Laboratories and Fellow, Bellcore
  • Dr. Daniel Schutzer, Vice President & Director of External Organizations, Standards and Advanced Technology, Citibank, President of the Financial Services Technology Consortium
  • Dr. Yelena Yesha, Professor, UMBC and Director, NASA Center of Excellence in Space Data and Information Sciences

Electronic Commerce is held on the Rutgers campus, 180 University Avenue, Newark, NJ. Please visit our website at

Registration Information

It is recommended that you register at least ten days before the starting date of the course to allow time for confirmation and parking permits to be sent to you. You are not officially registered in a class until payment has been received.
CEU Course Credit 2.5 CEUs will be awarded at completion of either course.

Four easy ways to register
  • Phone: (410) 455-2336 with VISA or MasterCard information;
  • Fax: (410) 455-1322 with VISA or MasterCard information;
  • Mail your registration form with your check or credit card information to: UMBC Continuing Education, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250
  • E-mail your registration information to; phone your credit card information promptly to complete your registration.

Refund policy: Students who cancel prior to the first meeting will be refunded their tuition less a $25 processing fee.
(No refunds will be granted after the first meeting.)