Overview Overview

Information Society

The statistics in this section track the usage of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), which has been one of the main drivers of changes within society and businesses for more than a decade. More specifically, statistics on the information society monitor three aspects:

  • The completion of a single European information space
  • Innovation and investment in ICT research
  • Achieving an inclusive European information society

These aspects correspond with the main aims of i2010 – a European Information Society for growth and employment. This is a strategic framework for the information society and a key element of the renewed Lisbon Strategy, and it offers a comprehensive strategy for the ICT and media sector.

Data Collection

The collection of the data on the information society corresponds to the framework Regulation (EC) no. 808/2004, which ensures that the data are harmonised. The regulation contains two modules, covering:

  • Enterprises
  • Households and individuals

As a framework regulation it allows adjustment to newly evolving needs by users and decision makers by annually implementing measures (Commission regulations, see links in Legislation).