About: information society technologies

How Europe could leapfrog the US in productivity

Despite Europe leading the United States in the application of digital technologies, it is still far behind in overall economic productivity, argues Robert Atkinson, the president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, in the summer edition of Europe's World.
Digital & Media 20-11-2007

The environmental impact of e-business and ICT

Scientific assessments of the environmental impact of information and communications technologies (ICT) are generally insufficient, write Lan Yi and Hywel R. Thomas in this paper from the University of Cardiff.
Digital & Media 20-01-2005

The European Union and its eGovernment development policy

In this book, Antonio Alabau from the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (Spain), tries to answer the following question in the context of the Lisbon strategic objectives: Can the EU, using instruments from its Industrial, Trans-European Networks, Research and Technological Development, Internal Market, Competition and Regional Development Policies, get public administrations to use ICT, carry out organisational changes, improve public services and democratic processes and develop their public policies?
Digital & Media 02-12-2004

ICT and Social Capital in the Knowledge Society

This report from the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS - part of the Joint Research Centre - European Commission) examines the relationship between ICTs and social capital against the backdrop of the Lisbon objectives. It develops the notions of digital divide and death of distance to concludes with key messages to policy makers.
Digital & Media 19-11-2004

Rising stars in information and communication technology

This report examines the ten concepts considered to have the brightest prospects in terms of the potential to gain widespread use during this decade: internet telephony (VoIP), advanced mobile radio technology (WLAN, UMTS, WiMax), biometrics, quantum cryptography, Model Driven Architecture (MDA), decentralised storage (ILM), decentralised data processing (grid computing), open-source software, outsourcing, and radio tagging (RFID).