Trends in connectivity technologies and their socioeconomic impacts

Final report of the study: Policy Options for the Ubiquitous Internet Society

by Jonathan Cave, Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau, Helen Rebecca Schindler, Alaa Shehabi, Philipp-Bastian Brutscher, Neil Robinson

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This report contains a review of technology trends underlying the future Internet Society. It assesses the possible future socio-economic impacts; as well as the changing business models that are likely to emerge in the next 5 to 10 years. The ultimate objective of the study is to make future policy recommendations for the successor programme to the current EU’s ICT strategy: the i2010 programme. The project involved trend analysis, econometric modelling, desk research, interviews, a survey, scenario development and gaming.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Analysis of Technology Trends

  • Chapter Two

    Projecting the future: Scenarios for tech trend development and impact assessment

  • Chapter Three

    Impact Assessment: Economic, social, and business models

  • Chapter Four

    Policy Implications of the Internet of X

  • Chapter Five

    International policy comparison: US, Japan, Canada, and South Korea

  • Chapter Six

    Recommendations: A policy framework for the Internet of X

  • Appendix A

    Tech Trend Summary Tables

  • Appendix B

    Identifying and mapping the scenario dimensions

  • Appendix C

    Framework for analysis of Economic Impacts

  • Appendix D

    Cases studies of policy frameworks in Japan, US, South Korea and the OECD

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