ICT applications for society (ex: eApplications for the Information Society)
Institute for Prospective Technological Studies
Acronym: ICTAS (ex e-APPLICATIONS)
The "ICT Applications for Society" Action (ICTAS) will support the formulation of policies for the development of the Information Society in the areas of inclusion (INFSO; EAC; EMPL), learning (EAC; INFSO) and governance (INFSO; JLS). In 2009, the Action will focus on four major activities:
Activity 1: ICT for Inclusion
The Action has a multi-annual Framework for Co-operation and an AA with the DG INFSO Dir H ending in 2008. The Action will continue its work on eInclusion, to follow-up on the 2008 eInclusion initiative:
1.1. ICTAS will exploit the results of its studies on the potential of ICT for the promotion of cultural diversity in the EU, in particular on the case of economic and social participation and integration of immigrants and ethnic minorities. (Key customer INFSO)
1.2. ICTAS will further develop its knowledge base on eInclusion through an in-depth study of youth and digital/social inclusion. Digitally excluded young people are amongst the most critical targets of eInclusion policies (INFSO H3) and are also on the agenda of employment and social policies (DG EMPL) and of education and training policies (DG EAC). Cutting them off in an ever more digitalized society will likely have very serious consequences at individual and collective level.
1.3. ICTAS will also explore, in a scoping study, the so-called "long tail" of inclusion and the potential of "inclusion-by-design". The aim of the study is to understand the emerging paradox that although low-cost, user-friendly and tailored ICT solutions exist, there are still many people (30-40% of EU citizens) that are not using ICT. This is the inclusive potential of ICT that graphically corresponds to a "Long Tail Distribution". (Key customer INFSO H)
Activity 2: ICT for Learning and creativity
Following a multi-annual Framework for Co-operation and a 2-year AA (2008-2009) with DG EAC A, ICTAS will provide research and policy support on ICT, Learning and Innovation.
2.1. ICTAS will conduct a study, as foreseen in the AA, on pedagogical innovations and the contribution of ICT: The emergence of new learning communities. It will provide an analysis of the social and pedagogical approaches to learning in new ICT-facilitated learning communities.
2.2. ICTAS will finish the ongoing study on Learning 2.0: The impact of Web 2.0 Innovations on Education and Training in Europe, as foreseen in the AA. It will provide an analysis of the implications of web2.0 on learning.
2.3. ICTAS will also bring together the research results from different IPTS studies relevant for ICT, Learning and Creativity, in terms of their policy implications, under the form of policy briefs for DG EAC A, as foreseen in the AA.
2.4. ICTAS will further deepen its knowledge base in the field of Learning and Innovation through an in-depth study on the quality of learning enabled by ICT. With the increasing use of ICT and social computing tools, quality of learning is a pressing issue, as it allows for more personalized and diverse learning paths whereby existing quality of learning mechanisms cannot be applied. (Key customer EAC A)
2.5 In addition to above objectives, the action will envisage launching a new AA with DG EAC A which will include a foresight exercise on Innovation, Learning and ICT in a 2020 KBS in Europe. The foresight will provide a vision on the key components of an innovative and creative European KBS with a particular focus and role for learning enabled by ICT.
Activity 3: Governance in ICT-enabled Societies
The ICTAS Action will continue with the study on the future of public services and will explore new models of governance in ICT-enabled societies.
3.1. The 2008 study on social computing and its implications for public services (Public Services 2.0) will deliver final results in 2009. It will provide evidence and analysis of the key areas of existing and potential impact of social computing in public services and will describe the nature of the impacts, including opportunities, risks and policy options. (Key customer INFSO H)
3.2. The ICTAS Action will investigate new and emerging models of governance enabled by existing and emerging social computing applications. Governance refers to a complex system which embeds different actors, organizations, and processes that contribute to, and impact decision-making regarding "public affairs". It relates to the development by institutions of large processes of decision making that affect through mechanism based on power, delegation and representation, the way resources are shared and distributed over the population. Such new processes and mechanism enabled by ICT will be explored. (Key customer INFSO H)