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Developing an Internet Framework for Creative Dialogue on Irreconcilable Policy Differences

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Developing an Internet Framework for Creative Dialogue on Irreconcilable Policy Differences
Objective
Opportunity
Study Task and Communication Experiment
Budget and Timing

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Proposal of the Union of International Associations to the Forward Studies Unit of the European Commission


Rationale

The rapid evolution of the Information Society is a reality with which the European Commission has associated itself. The challenge of other continents, notably with respect to hardware and software, is acknowledged. Despite considerable support by the Commission, notably with respect to infrastructure, this has not yet ensured any particular competitive advantage (Convergence: Wall Street Journal Europe, Spring 1998). There is emerging concern with the exact nature of the contribution of the Internet to processes of governance -- aside from the challenges of its regulation.

The focus of this proposal is on the opportunity for distinctive European initiatives that rely less on innovation in software and hardware and more on innovative application of existing and emerging facilities addressing cultural, cognitive and behavioural challenges -- especially in areas consistent with European cultural skills as they relate to democratic governance and differences of perspective.