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The European Commission see multimedia information and telecommunications networks as key ingredients for the competitiveness and welfare of society. In particular, information, research and knowledge networks are a vital element in sustaining scientific and technical progress. Although the new information and telecommunications technologies are a driving force for innovation and represent a boost for productivity, they are still far from meeting the hype and high expectations that surrounded the so-called information infrastructure. These technologies are still only being used to a limited extent in such areas as teaching, medicine, and transport systems. With the advent of multimedia and broadband communication it may be considered that it is enough to roll out the "information superhighway" and a plethora of applications and services will thrive everywhere. Nevertheless, it is worthwhile to answer the key question: what do we mean by information society? It is much more than superhighways, which in effect are the means rather than the essence of the concept. Only if well understood, mastered and placed within a broader context of general politics can information and research networks be a real knowledge infrastructure to support the future Information Society.

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Authors: DG XIII - Telematics Applications,
Bibliographic Reference: Proceedings of EUROAMERITEL 98
Availability: Available free of charge from DG XIII
Record Number: 199910484 / Last updated on: 1999-03-26
Original language: en
Available languages: en,es