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This report contains the proceedings of a conference focused on the information revolution in Europe, that was held in Limelette, Belgium, in April 2001. Participants in this conference argued that the information revolution is following a somewhat different course inEurope than in America: the process of creative destruction by which new technologies and business paradigms replace their predecessors is proceeding more slowly, Europe's emphasis on economic and social equity results in a less aggressive approach to new IT business opportunities than does the winner-take-all business mentality in the U.S., and Europe's top down planning mentality is fostering more deliberate decision making. As a result, the information revolution has been proceeding slower in Europe than in America, with the U.S. in the vanguard in most IT-related areas and Europe following along somewhat behind. This is likely to continue for at least the next few years, if not longer.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

  • Figures

  • Summary

  • Acknowledgements


  • Chapter 1


  • Chapter 2

    Keynote Address

  • Part I

    Various Dimensions of the Information Revolution

  • Chapter 3

    The Technology Dimension of the Information Revolution

  • Chapter 4

    The Economic and Business Dimension of the Information Revolution

  • Chapter 5

    The Social Dimension of the Information Revolution

  • Chapter 6

    The Governmental and Political Dimension of the Information Revolution

  • Chapter 7

    The Security Dimension of the Information Revolution

  • Part II

    Some Deeper Looks

  • Chapter 8

    Variations in the Information Revolution Across Europe

  • Chapter 9

    Differences Between the United States and Europe and Their Effects on Utilization and Consequences of Information Technology

  • Chapter 10

    The "Dark Side" of the Information Revolution

  • Chapter 11

    Intellectual Property Rights in a Networked Economy

  • Part III

    Concluding Remarks

  • Chapter 12

    Policy Implications for Europe: Remarks by a Panel of Observers

  • Chapter 13

    Some Post-Conference Observations

  • Appendix A

    Conference Participants

  • Appendix B

    Conference Agenda

  • Bibliography

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