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The Information Society Forum's primary aim in producing this First Annual Report is to draw attention to the major issues that will affect people's lives as they move more rapidly and completely into the Information Society. This new society is being developed and driven by the market for new information and communications technologies and services. The Forum believes that issues affecting peoples' lives are vital elements in the process of change. If they are taken into account, economic development will be strengthened to the benefit and prosperity of all. This report does not represent in every detail the precise views of all members of the Forum. However, its contents have been generally endorsed at a plenary meeting as an accurate reflection of the consensus among members on all major issues that have been under discussion. The Forum has identified some important keys to a successful transition which include more public awareness of the information revolution, better education in the use of the new technologies, popular involvement in designing new services and applications, universal public access to basic on-line services such as public information, education and health and a greater readiness by governments and public authorities at all levels to assume their responsibilities.

Additional information

Authors: CEC, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Report : EN (1996) 51pp., free of charge
Availability: Available from the Information Society Forum Secretariat, European Commission, Information Society Activity Centre, BU-24 2/70, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Brussels (BE)
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