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Trends in connectivity technologies and their socioeconomic impacts

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

Published Dec 7, 2009

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.

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