Auf Initiative von Neelie Kroes, der scheidenden EU-Kommissarin für die digitale Agenda, veröffentlicht die EU-Commission auf ihrer Site aktuell "Essays form the best digital minds for a New Europe".
Even though it may appear that these digital and mobile evolutions are appearing quickly, in truth, this will never happen so slowly in the future as it does now. Most notably, the business community has to step up the pace. If all the innovative technologies are truly operational by 2020, businesses won’t ever be ready for them in 2020.
The Networked Society, in which the Internet is connected to everything and everyone and impacts everything and everyone, isn’t as far away as we might think. Thanks to innovations, faster Internet and other technological inventions, the possibilities appear more infinite every day, but businesses aren’t capitalizing on them, or not enough. They don’t give a moment’s thought to the nature of their company, their sector, their core business and the competition in 2020, and they barely even consider the impact The Networked Society will have on all of those aspects. Right now, many companies are still focusing on cost management, whereas the focus of The Networked Society is on how we can collaborate, on access to information and the ways in which we can share this information. The Networked Society far outstrips the evolution we’re going through right now. In the nascent stages of the Internet, over thirty years ago, digital entertainment and communication products began to influence our economy. Quickly afterwards, channels for conveying digital information, such as forums, blogs, communities and e-commerce started to play an increasingly important role. Today, digitization is bringing about a second economy, which is sizeable, automated and even invisible. It carries with the greatest change since the industrial revolution.