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Socio-Economic Group

"An expert group on the socio-economic aspects of the Information Society"

Objectives

Recent developments in the ICT (Information Communication Technologies) markets and the economic slowdown have reconfirmed the need to further integrate the evolution of the socio-economic context in the definition of policies and technology development strategies for the Information Society and Media.

A group of independent experts on socio-economic issues, originally chaired by former Commissioner Liikanen, was thus created to enrich the consultation process on policy and research issues. It has addressed in particular the eEurope initiative and the Community-supported research in Information Society Technologies (IST).

25 September 2003
List of participants
Meeting Minutes ( PDF , 80KB)
Supplementary Documents:
19 March 2003
List of participants
Meeting Minutes ( PDF , 80KB)
Supplementary Documents:

Approach

The group has explored scenarios and visions for the socio-economic developments of the Information and Knowledge Society. It operated as a reflection group providing suggestions on policy and research issues, and exploring the best use of ICTs in business and in private life. Meetings were organised in collaboration with IPTS - DG JRC .

The role of the public authorities in these developments, including the regulatory framework, will be a major focus. Furthermore, the focus was on the 2003-2010 horizon.

Composition

The composition of the group is "technology-and industryeutral". It includes mainly economists, social scientists and experts in policy developments.

IST Research and ISTAG (IST Advisory Group)

ISTAG has a clear mandate of influencing the Work Programme of the IST priority in FP6 and in helping with the development of a European Research Area in IST .

For IST research, ISTAG and the Socio-Economic Group will complement each other. They will confront their findings and might operate together when addressing particular problems of common interest.

Complementary Activities

Knowledge Economy Workshop, 7-8 June 2004
Details
Agenda ( PDF , 40KB)
Participants ( PDF , 19KB)
Participants' Biographies ( PDF , 43KB)
Presentations
Research on the Socio-Economic Implications of ICT ( PDF , 204KB)
Valerie Gregg, National Science Foundation
Internationalisation of R&D - Trends, Issues and Policy Implications ( PDF , 199KB)
Reinhilde Veugerlers, DG ECFIN
Incentives for Knowledge Production with Many Producers ( PDF , 83KB)
Bronwyn Hall, University of California
The case of Digital Rights Management and Open Source Software ( PDF , 202KB)
Arnold Picot, University of Munich
Papers
Incentives for Knowledge Production with Many Producers ( PDF , 127KB)
Bronwyn Hall, University of California
Industrial Structure and Policy Choice ( PDF , 239KB)
Ilkka Tuomi, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies
Directions for Future Socio-Economic Research on ICTs ( PDF , 42KB)
Jos Leyten, TNO Strategy, Technology and Policy
The Knowledge Identification Problem ( PDF , 97KB)
Mario Pérez-Montoro, University of Catalunya
The Globalization of the Software Industry ( PDF , 328KB)
Alfonso Gambardella, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies
The case of Digital Rights Management and Open Source Software ( PDF , 108KB)
Arnold Picot, University of Munich

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