Press invite: conference on the Future of the Internet, European Commission, Brussels 25 November

You are invited to a public conference to discuss the findings of a study for the European Commission called "Towards a Future Internet: Interrelation between Technological, Social and Economic Trends".
By: Colin Blackman
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Nov. 4, 2010 - PRLog -- We are pleased to invite you to the final public event of a major study on the future of the internet for the European Commission. The study, Towards a Future Internet, explores the interrelations between technological, social and economic trends with regard to the future evolution of the internet.

The meeting takes place on 22nd November 2010 in Brussels at the European Commission's Directorate General for Information Society and Media, 25 Avenue de Beaulieu, Brussels. Registration is free.

The meeting will present and discuss the findings of the study, the aim of which was to investigate the links between technological, social and economic trends related to the future internet, explore the future needs of internet users, and outline the principles that should guide its future development.

In a few decades the internet has evolved from a specialized network for transmission of data between research labs to become the basis for global trade and culture. More than a quarter of the world’s population now use the internet at work or in their social lives. The internet is even more significant for Europeans with more than two-thirds of the population now regularly using it. But with the internet certain to play an even greater role in the future, the key question is:

How can we guide the evolution of the internet so that it best serves our needs?  

The study addressed this question by means of several foresight techniques – environmental scanning, an online Delphi survey among experts from different countries and backgrounds, and scenario workshops – to identify and analyse trends, drivers of change, future needs, technological options and likely socio-economic impacts.

The study was carried out for the European Commission's DG Information Society & Media by a team led by Ian Brown (Oxford Internet Institute), Simon Forge (SCF Associates Ltd), Colin Blackman (Camford Associates), Lara Srivastava (Webster University), Karmen Guevara, Jonathan Cave (Warwick University) and Motohiro Tsuchiya (Keio University)

Please visit the study website for the conference programme and to see the draft final report. Feedback is encouraged:

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