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Thursday, 23rd January 2014

Unlocking the ICT Growth Potential in Europe: Enabling People and Businesses

Source: Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (EU)

A new report by the Conference Board highlights the importance of unlocking ICT's growth potential in Europe and calls for a strategic vision for Europe to be ready to drive the new wave (mobile broadband, cloud computing, Big Data, Internet of Things).

As the EU aims for economic recovery, the report identifies four scenarios that show that ICT can be a major source of growth for the EU. In particular, it shows that if global growth would resume and the single market was deepened, ICT could bring more than half of GDP growth. Also, unrestrained use of ICT across the single market could mitigate the consequences on the EU of possible decelerating global growth.

The Report also considers other scenarios, including the risk that the EU gradually falls into a "digital desert" compared with its main competitors. Highlighting the need for the EU to address major bottlenecks, namely market and regulatory fragmentation, underinvestment in ICT infrastructures and a lack of technology related skills and cultural readiness to adopt and integrate new technologies, the Report stresses the urgency that Europe fully realises its ICT potential now. The limits of fragmented digital markets and the lack of integration in services sectors are becoming an ever greater constraint to the advantages – scalability, flexibility, cost effectiveness - offered by the new technologies. Without resolute action the EU risks having to watch from the sidelines as other regions race ahead and our firms take their ideas and opportunities outside the EU.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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