A far reaching analysis of the potential futures faced by Europes information communication technologies (ICT) sector in a global context is laying detailed and incisive groundwork for policy makers to improve Europe’s situation by guiding ICT developments over the medium to long term.
"FISTERA aimed to investigate long-term trends in ICT to make a foresight analysis of changes in information communication technologies and uses by 2020," says Ramón Compañó, of the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) and one of FISTERA’s coordinators.
FISTERA analysed patent data to compare the EU’s R&D capacity against the US and Japan. Currently Europe leads the world in some areas but trails in others. "The aggregate data seem to indicate that Europe lags behind the US and Japan in terms of overall ICT patent activity. The positive message is that Europe was catching up during the 90s," says IPTS’ Corina Pascu.
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