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Information society directorate-general, towards an information society for all

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In Europe, information is fast becoming our main economic resource, and the key to growth, competitiveness and job creation. It also plays a vital role in improving our quality of life. To reap the full benefits available to us in this new Information Society, we need to promote computer literacy for everyone, and give people access to affordable, good quality communications infrastructure and services.
It is therefore important that we continue to liberalise the European telecommunications market, helping to bring Internet access prices down, and improving services - notably by rolling-out broadband, creating a clear and predictable legal framework for e-commerce, helping users feel more confident in Internet security, and working with Member States to ensure that everyone has the necessary skills to benefit from new technology.
Research also plays a key role in the Information Society. Research on Information Society Technologies (IST) is one of the main priorities of the 6th European Union Framework Programme for Research. The importance given to IST research by the EU's Research Council and the European Parliament is reflected also in budgetary terms: the IST budget currently amounts to 3.8 billion Euro.
We know though that, at present, we are far from taking full advantage of the possibilities that IST has to offer. Research in IST should aim at extending the scope, functionality and efficiency of IST applications and services, and making them available, in the most natural and reliable way, to businesses and citizens - anywhere and at any time. Technology should be unobtrusive. It should be accessible whenever we need it. Interaction with technology should be simple and effortless.

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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, 2003, 29 pp, free of charge
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ISBN: ISBN 92-894-6164-0
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