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An introduction to e-commerce and distributed applications
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4 Issues and problems affecting internet, e-commerce and e-business development

4.1 Legacy technology

The aim of Section 5 is to examine some of the issues and problems which affect the devekopment of Internet, e-commerce and e-business applications.

The World Wide Web was developed as a way of dispensing documentation within the large research laboratory at CERN in Geneva. I am sure that the originator of the technology, Tim Berners-Lee, did not realise at that stage how it would expand and become a major component of our economic infrastructure. Because many of the developers of the technology were unaware of its potential there are a number of problems associated with its huge expansion. Three of these are discussed in the following subsections.