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IST 2004: Participate in your future: Smaller - faster - safer - smarter

Funded under: FP6-IST


Information Society Technologies (ISTs) are becoming Europe�s main economic resource - key to its growth, competitiveness and jobs creation. In recent years, IST research has focused on a new generation of applications and services that are more people-centred and easier to use. We foresee a world where users - citizens, students, workers, patients - are able to access and benefit from such technologies in a much more convenient way. Technologies will make systems smaller, faster, safer, smarter and cheaper - and always best connected. Applications based on these become even more wide ranging.
Today, many products and services are still hard to use and out of reach for many people. Research at European level must therefore place users at the centre of future developments:
- Overcoming the �digital divide�, where people could be disadvantaged due to geographic location or other demographic factors.
- Ensuring that the elderly and persons with physical handicaps may play their full part in society.
- Improving the quality of life of citizens through better use of technologies.
- Encouraging the participation of citizens in government and cultural affairs.
This is exactly the main theme of this year�s publication: Participate in your future. Our belief is that we are still far from taking full advantage of the possibilities that progress in IST and their applications can offer. We are still just at the beginning of their development and use.
The objectives for IST in the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) are to ensure that Europe will achieve this vision whilst maintaining its lead in the technologies that lie at the heart of the knowledge economy.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Information Society, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2004, 176 pp, free of charge
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ISBN: ISBN 92-894-8106-4
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