Friday, 29th June 2012
Europe: Digital Agenda Scoreboard
Source: European Commission
From Executive Summary:
To accelerate the deployment of advanced ICT in Europe, the European Commission has adopted the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) as part of the overall Europe2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The Digital Agenda proposes 101 specific policy actions across 7 domains: digital single market; interoperability and standards; trust and security; fast and ultra-fast internet access; research and innovation; digital literacy, skills and inclusion; and ICT-enabled benefits for EU society. This combined set of actions is intended to stimulate a virtuous circle of investment in and usage of digital technologies.
This document is the second edition of the Digital Agenda Scoreboard, reporting on the progress of those actions between June 2011 and May 2012, and assessing overall impact on the basis of 13 key performance targets. It is accompanied by a series of online publications looking in more detail at specific aspects of the Digital Agenda, such as digital competences, broadband or R&D in ICT.
Progress towards achieving key performance targets is mildly positive, though some areas for concern should be noted...which can be partially attributed to the negative economic climate in which the strategy is being deployed.
Regular internet usage is rising steadily, especially among disadvantaged groups. Fewer and fewer citizens have never used the internet. Similarly, online buying continues to increase, although the pace of growth in cross-border eCommerce is very slow. Importantly, high-speed broadband shows the first signs of taking off, including super-fast connections above 100 Mbps. Finally, the market share of LED lighting is expanding swiftly.
+ Direct link to document (PDF; 1.4 MB)
+ Reports on individual countries
+ Digital Agenda Scoreboard page
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