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Objective

Specific Objectives

1. Construct scenario's on future impact of ISTs in the economy of an enlarged Europe (2010 and beyond). To capitalise on existing expertise, a limited number of domains will be considered, namely:
- Contents in the knowledge economy: how ISTs enable a growing information-based industry;
- Physical products and services in the knowledge economy: how ISTs enable change in product and service characteristics and in their production and distribution networks.
Specific attention will be given on the impact of new IST's like point-to-point technologies, as well as ambient intelligent technologies;

2. Explore and develop a methodology for a self-sustaining, follow-up activity of the e-Payments Systems Observatory (ePSO) focusing on trust and security requirements.
Planned Deliverables

Specific deliverables to DGs:

Workshops and their proceedings;
Research Reports;
publications.

As a result of the research:
-Advances in technological progress in relevant areas;
-Advice on long-term policy issues to policy-makers;
-Promotion of awareness in related industry sectors;
-Helping political acceptance of standardisation processes.

Summary of deliverables made by: 31/12/2001
- Publication of a report jointly with the OECD and TNO on the Business Impacts of Electronic Commerce (EBIP project final report);
- Organisation and Hosting of the ePSO Steering Group, publication of 8 background papers, editing and production of 15 issues of a payments focused Newsletter, management and moderation of the ePSO website and discussion forum, hosting of several workshops and meetings with payment-industry and Commission representatives.

Organisation and Hosting of a JRC Workshop on Cyber crime, with a report identifying potential lines of direct research in this field. Scientific Outputs: 2 scientific presentations per sub cluster and 3 scientific publications are foreseen (including one thematic issue for the IPTS report on the ePSO project).

Impacts:
-Contribution to defining research policy and actions in the field of electronic commerce;
-Contributions to policy development work in the electronic payments field;
-Contribution to defining future research and policy in the area of cyber security.

Output Indicators and Impact
Scientific Outputs: 2 scientific presentations per sub cluster and 3 scientific publications are foreseen (including one thematic issue for the IPTS report on the ePSO project).
Impacts:
-Contribution to defining research policy and actions in the field of electronic commerce;
-Contributions to policy development work in the electronic payments field;
-Contribution to defining future research and policy in the area of cyber security.
Summary of the project

Both this Project and Project 71 (Building the Information Society - q.v.) fall within the responsibility of the ICT Unit at IPTS. Both concern the Information Society and both constitute the backbone of the Unit's institutionally funded work. The projects are supplemented by activities financed directly by the Commission Services requesting them, as well as by competitive projects.
The ICT Unit structures his activities into three strategic thematic clusters:
IST & Enlargement, IST & Mobility/e-society, IST & Cyber security, and a cross-cutting Technology Watch function operating on all three.

Of the three thematic clusters, the latter two relate most closely to Project 19.

During 2002, the project will therefore focus on:
- Mobile Commerce & Technology Watch: Preparation of future scenarios for mobile commerce and the impact of new technological innovations in this area;
- Cyber security & Technology Watch: projects will be developed in the areas of cyber crime and cyber security, its implications for e-governance, as well as with regard to future employment outlook & skills needs. Work in close collaboration with JRC/IPSC will aim at the development of a joint activity in this field.

Rationale

Because of the rapid pace of technology development, in particular mobile technologies and the resulting sharp decline in access costs, information and communication technologies (ICTs) are increasingly affecting the way all of us work and live. For example, by October 2000 more than fifty percent of the EU citizens had a mobile phone and more than a quarter of EU homes had Internet access. Furthermore, the potential benefits of the adoption of Internet and digital technologies for companies and public administrations are very important (e.g. reduced purchasing and procurement costs, reduced time-to-market, improved product and service quality). This is leading to integrated e-business solutions being adopted by a growing number of companies of all sizes and in all sectors. Ultimately, distinction between e-business and simply business will not be meaningful anymore.
In March 2000, the Lisbon European Council highlighted the potential for growth, competitiveness and job creation of the shift to a digital knowledge-based economy and it set the ambitious objective for Europe to become the most competitive and dynamic economy in the world. The eEurope 2002 Action Plan proposed by the Commission (DG Information Society) provides a roadmap for actions until the end of 2002 in order to meet this objective. This action plan was endorsed at the Feira Summit in June 2000.
In this context, the overall objective of IPTS' work in this area is to assess the impact of the transition towards an information society, and to help our main clients (identified above) to take the right actions in order to ensure that EU citizens will indeed benefit from this transition. This specific project focuses on the mobile electronic business and cyber security.

Funding Scheme

JRC - Joint Research Centre research

Coordinator

Institute for Prospective Technological Studies
Address

Seville
Spain