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Cloud computing: An overview of economic and policy issues

Written by Ron Davies, Cloud computing is a model for providing information and communication technology (ICT) services (including servers, systems, storage and applications) over a network such as the internet. By taking advantage of self-service implementation and configuration, and flexible pools of virtual computers based on shared hardware in vast purpose-built data centres managed by … Continue reading

The European Research Area: Evolving concept, implementation challenges

Written by Vincent Reillon, In 1972, the Commission proposed the first guidelines for a Community policy on research and innovation with two dimensions: Member State cooperation in tackling common issues, and national research policy coordination. The former dimension was implemented gradually and led to the adoption of the first framework programme for Community research in … Continue reading

Scientific Foresight in the European Parliament – an approach for anticipating impacts of future techno-scientific trends

Written by Lieve Van Woensel and Darja Vrščaj We live in a technological culture, where technology and science are deeply integrated in all structures of our society, from those directly connected to technology and science, such as communication and mobility, to the less obvious aspects, such as norms, values and identity. Techno-scientific innovations are often … Continue reading

Mass Surveillance of IT users?

Written by Peter Ide-Kostic What are the risks and opportunities for European information society? Context After the strong accusations by Edward Snowden in 2013 concerning the illicit use of mass surveillance by the US government and its partners worldwide; the LIBE committee launched an enquiry. The final report confirmed that, according to all publicly available evidence … Continue reading

Photonics: An industry moving at the speed of light

Written by Stephen O’Sullivan, STOA trainee Photonics is all around us; it is an integral part of modern human society, contributing to our daily lives. The science of photonics is the study an utilisation of light or photons. Consequently due to its interdisciplinary nature it crosses the fields of physics, chemistry and electrical engineering. The … Continue reading

Science, technology and innovation policy

How are science and technology used outside research, and how can research foster innovation in Europe? These questions are particularly relevant in the light of the Europe 2020 strategy seeking to bring Europe out of the economic crisis, which aims to increase the proportion of Europe’s GDP spent on research and development from 2% to … Continue reading

Health and technology in life sciences

We are seeing developments in biotechnology that seem futuristic, such as computing systems at clinical testing stages used as ‘sensitive interaction partners’ for the elderly that help to provide care in response to individual needs. Such developments raise a range of questions. To what extent should humans use technology to enhance life? And how can … Continue reading

Security of the Internet, including e-Government, cloud computing and social networks

As we become increasingly dependent on the internet for all aspects of our lives, how can Europe on the web work best while ensuring that everyone can trust online services? STOA has examined the latest technological advances with regard to the internet and information technologies in Europe. STOA is the Science and Technology Options Assessment … Continue reading

STOA: providing scientific advice to the European Parliament

STOA is the Science and Technology Options Assessment body, established in 1987 and now part of the European Parliament Research Services Directorate General. STOA provides Members and Committees of the European Parliament with independent, science-based evidence for policy making. It carries out projects to assess the impact of introducing or promoting new technologies and the … Continue reading

Technology and the future of education

To educate children in a way that will allow them to solve the problems of the future, we must make creativity a value encouraged by our education system. This was the central conclusion of the STOA workshop on 8 April 2014, ‘New learning and teaching technology options’. Written by Hannah O’Kane, STOA trainee    STOA, … Continue reading

Eurostars-2: support to research-performing SMEs

6 language versions available in PDF format Eurostars 2: Unterstützung für forschungstreibende KMU Eurostars-2: apoyo a las PYME que realizan actividades de investigación Eurostars-2: soutien aux PME actives dans la recherche Eurostars-2: sostegno alle PMI che effettuano attività di ricerca Eurostars-2: wsparcie dla MŚP prowadzących badania Eurostars-2: support to research-performing SMEs The Commission proposes to … Continue reading

Net neutrality in Europe

Net neutrality means that data communications over a network are all processed in the same way, regardless of sender, receiver, application or content. This principle, and the fact that participating networks only make their ‘best effort’ to transmit all data, has historically underpinned the internet. However increasing demand for internet traffic, new applications that require … Continue reading

Legal aspects of 3D printing

Additive layer manufacturing, better known as 3D printing is a computer-driven manufacturing technology which makes it possible to “print” three-dimensional objects. The fundamental difference between this technology and its predecessors used in industry is the fact that a 3D printer does not have to carve material from a block, but it builds it up instead … Continue reading

Graphics on Research Policy

Here you’ll find graphs, charts, tables and maps with statistics on regions, tourism and transport. To see graphics for other policy areas, go to the Graphics Warehouse. Graphics on Research and Information society

Cloud computing & Social Networks

Cloud Computing and Social Network Sites (SNS) are among some of the most controversially discussed developments in recent years. The opportunities of using powerful computing resources on demand via the web are considered as a possible driver for the growth of the European economy. Continue reading

Horizon 2020: boosting research and innovation

6 language versions available in PDF format Horizont 2020: Förderung von Forschung und Innovation Horizonte 2020: potenciar la investigación y la innovación Horizon 2020: stimuler la recherche et l’innovation Orizzonte 2020: promuovere la ricerca e l’innovazione Horyzont 2020: pobudzanie badań i innowacji Horizon 2020: boosting research and innovation Parliament and Council negotiators have reached a … Continue reading

A sunny outlook for cloud computing

Part of our daily life Cloud computing is becoming a part of everyday life. Most of us use webmail services and social networks to communicate; we can also use the cloud to store and share our photos and videos. I wrote and edited this text on a blog publishing platform in the cloud – maybe … Continue reading

Cyber security in the European Union

As modern economies have embraced information and communication technologies, they have become vulnerable to cyber attacks. Such attacks are mounted by a wide variety of actors, some state-affiliated or enjoying state support. The methods and tools used are however largely the same. Cyberspace is an open environment, which poses a serious challenge to policy-makers. Its … Continue reading

Enhancing the mobile broadband capacity in Europe

There are two recent trends which are expected to much impact the digital economy in the years to come: on the one hand, mobile broadband traffic continues increasing fast and different forecasts agree on the fact that it is expected to increase dramatically thanks to the popularity of smart phones and tablets. For instance, global mobile traffic … Continue reading

Towards a European single market for telecoms

The telecommunications sector is crucial to the entire economy of the EU. Since 2009, despite constant growth in demand for data services, its revenues have been declining. Despite having an early lead, European telecoms lag behind international competition with regards to investment and deployment of modern infrastructure. Even though legal obstacles to liberalisation were removed … Continue reading

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