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The Internet has created a new environment for conducting human activities and has given rise to the term Information Society. In this new environment, existing economic and social activities are re-defined and new ones are born. At the same time, concerns about the impact of the Internet on these activities cover a wide spectrum of topics ranging from ethical to technical and scientific. Because activities such as commerce, finance, energy, health, personal information exchange -all increasingly depend on the Internet, one of the areas of interest is the ability of this new medium to deliver services in a manner inspiring confidence to the users of these services. The Internet is now a key component of a global information infrastructure that consists of interconnected communications networks and the data services provided by them. The global span of this infrastructure and the activities, which use or depend on it form a complex system that needs to be better understood for confidence to be established. The need for confidence is pervasive not only in a business context but also in all social interactions.

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Authors: WILIKENS M, JRC-Institute for Systems, Informatics and Safety, Ispra (IT);KYRIAKOPOULOS N, JRC-Institute for Systems, Informatics and Safety, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19797 EN (2001). Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from Documentation Service JRC Ispra (IT) FAX:+39-0332-785818
Record Number: 200013310 / Last updated on: 2001-06-12
Original language: en
Available languages: en