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Governance Issues in the Digital Economy, Preparing the Next Waves

T-5 Members of the Tokyo Club Foundation for Global Studies

mercredi 15 mars 2006, par anass

The development of the Internet marks one of the more important economic, social and political developments of the past several decades as one major building block of the digital economy. This global network combines with the diffusion of digitalization to offer its users the ability to communicate on a decentralized basis and to disseminate information throughout the world. In particular, the Internet provides a powerful tool for facilitating the work of researchers around the globe, increasing productivity and innovation in the process. For developing countries, the Internet has the potential to improve their access to distant markets, business partners and research networks, which will speed up the transfer of knowledge and skills important to their growth process.

Like other paradigm-shifting innovations before it - in transportation, electric power and communications - the Internet will realize its full potential over time. It has been open to industrial and commercial applications only since the mid-1990s ; yet at this writing, nearly half a billion people around the world are using or have used the Internet, a figure that easily should double in just a few years. Equally important, the Internet is becoming embedded in a wide range of activities and has become a central feature of the emerging digital economy. This evolution will be stimulated by ongoing technological change. Internet-related activities and infrastructures are still in their infancy and technological developments are rapid. The Internet is becoming the locus of convergence of different technologies and services. As a result, in the near future we will enter the age of ubiquitous networks, which will connect many more people and versatile non-PCs as well as PC equipment through the Internet to broadband, mobile and always-on networks in a pervasive and efficient way.

Source : IFRI.Avril2002.Auteurs :T-5 Members of the Tokyo Club Foundation for Global Studies

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