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Towards a sustainable information society

The European Commission, DG XIII-B has published its 1998 Status Report - Towards a Sustainable Information Society. This report is the first of its kind and focuses on opportunities and challenges presented by research activities, their political impact and economic and socia...
The European Commission, DG XIII-B has published its 1998 Status Report - Towards a Sustainable Information Society. This report is the first of its kind and focuses on opportunities and challenges presented by research activities, their political impact and economic and social implications.

The report says industrial competitiveness, employment, quality of life and sustainable growth in Europe depend on the EU being at the leading edge of the development and take up of the information society. Information and communication technologies will shape this society and are in rapid evolution. However, this new information society must be sustainable in way that our industrial society is not.

The publication provides a status report on progress by the Commission up to and including 1998. It includes a factual compilation of achievements and information from RTD projects. The Fifth Framework Programme of European Research and Technology Development is emphasised and in relation to that, the report introduces the issue of sustainability and deals with it explicitly.

The information in the report is made available as a contribution to further policy debate. The views expressed are those of the various contributors and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Commission. New status reports will be issued annually.

Source: European Commission, DG XIII-B

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