Some 100 projects have been selected as finalists in the Stockholm challenge, a contest which the chairman of the jury, Professor Alfonso Molina describes as a 'window into the advancing frontier of the emerging information society'. Over 740 projects were submitted from 90 countries and these have now been reduced to 100 in seven categories. The criteria used in making this selection are innovation, sustainability, user need and transferability. 'The trends this year reveal a deepening of the network or knowledge society,' said Professor Molina. 'Another important overall trend is the stronger participation of governments in services such as health, education and environment, with many powerful projects and information portals emerging in collaboration with other organisations.' The seven categories that will now have their finalists judged are the following: new economy; health and quality of life; culture and entertainment; public services and democracy; education; environment and a global village.