The present report is an outcome of a technology assessment carried out by the Insti-tute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Technology. While the results of the project Technikfolgenabschätzung zu Elektronischen Zahlungssystemen für digitale Produkte und Dienstleistungen im Internet (Technology Assessment of Internet Payment Systems for Digital Products and Services) were published in December 1998 (FZKA 6161), this report deals especially with the electronic forms of communication applied within the project. It consists of two parts.
The first part presents an analysis of data and experiences concerning the electronic discussion list (EZI-L) established and maintained as an activity of the project. The analysis helps to assess the functions and limits of this type of participation within TA-projects and thus serves methodological reflection. It can be shown that a strength of this form of communication lies in the discussion of complex fact oriented matters. At the same time the analysis is meant as a contribution to computer mediated communications research (CMC).
The second part documents the 20 issues of the electronic newsletter (EZI-N) which were published as a project activity between October 17, 1997 and September 18, 1998. The documentation reflects the activities and discussions on electronic commerce and electronic payment systems taking place during this period of time being of interest even today.