Title: The Potential Disruptive Impact of Internet 2 Based Technologies
Citation: First Monday vol. 12 no. 3
Publisher: A Great Cities Initiative of the University of Illinois at Chicago Library
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC37093
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC37093
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This paper assesses the development of emerging computing applications that fall under the family of digital applications and technologies. These applications and technologies — Internet 2 based technologies for short — enable new ways of connectivity for networking, interfacing and producing content. They have the capacity and the force to disrupt existing social and economic relations and thus have major impacts on society. Hence, the term ‘e-ruptions’: emerging e-trends with potential disruptive power. This paper investigates the socio-economic impact of emerging e-ruptions, in an attempt to try and contextualise their implications and relevance for policy formulation. The paper starts by analyzing the available evidence on the usage growth of these trends. It then spells out the drivers of this growth, the different types of social and economic impacts . Building on this analysis, it puts forward interpretations on the sustainability of these trends and on the main implications for innovation and competitiveness . The conclusions point to further research needs, and European policy options . In the annex , the main empirical data and a rough impact assessment are given.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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