The project was an activity within the framework contract between the European Parliament and ETAG, the European Technology Assessment Group, to carry out TA studies on behalf of the Parliament’s STOA Panel in view of the growing importance of a European science and technology policy. The purpose of this particular project was to identify current and expected technological and market developments in the field of ICT with an impact on the media industry and to indicate regulatory challenges and requirements stemming from the anticipated changes. The main target group are the Members of the European Parliament; the wider addressee is the interested public.
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EFP Brief No. 154: Looking Forward in the ICT and Media Industry – Technological and Market DevelopmentsTuesday, May 24th, 2011
This brief presents an overview of major trends and policy options for rural areas. A number of social, technological, economic, environmental and political trends as well as strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats will be highlighted, followed by ten major policy options in view of two traditional and conflicting objectives: rural socio-economic development and countryside protection.
The music sector in Germany is going through major changes. Global technological and societal trends combined with major cuts in public spending for the cultural sector need to be faced. Right now these upcoming changes seem to be met by agitated melancholia instead of orchestrating these changes to a desired state of the future where music is established as an energy source for societal and personal development. The time to refer to the glorious German music transition rectifying public spending for ‘high quality’ music seems to be coming to an end. The border between different music lines has become more and more blurred.
The overall goal of this foresight study is the identification of global technological trends, which will influence the competitiveness and future development of South African industries over the next 15 years. The study specifically focuses on innovation areas that hold the potential to reduce industrial dependency on foreign technology. Broad-based recommendations are formulated, intending to support the formulation of policies, strategies and programmes aimed at growing South Africa’s technology and innovation base.
In Romania, the variety of actors involved in foresight activities has determined a mixture of objectives and rationales. The implementation of a foresight pilot exercise in Romania was itself an objective in order to have ‘process’ benefits such as building foresight capacities, networking, developing a culture of democratic, social dialogue, etc. In addition, although substantiating better RTDI policies in order to increase economic competitiveness in the light of the Lisbon objective is a primary concern, the foresight pilot exercise in Romania was designed for identifying and addressing weaknesses regarding the communication between the relevant stakeholders.
In 2004 tourism in Austria contributed 6.4 % of the nations GDP equivalent to €15.26B. This number however fails to capture the complexity of this economic sector. Just as for any sector a strategic plan is needed to focus efforts on the needs, risks and opportunities for the future. For these reasons the Austrian Tourist Agency initiated a series of scenario workshops and processes to explore plausible future developments.
The Millennium Project organizes futures research to improve thinking about the future and make that thinking available through a variety of media for consideration by policy-makers and for use in advanced training and public education. The goal is to accumulate wisdom about possible futures. High profile results of the project include the elaboration of Millennium Development Goals.
‘Jugend denkt Zukunft’ was setup to make this vision come true and translated directly into English it means ‘young people are thinking about their future’. This single issue foresight exercise is designed to involve young adults in the process of economic development. Together with companies, students between the age of 15 and 18 develop new products and services for the world of tomorrow. The main pillar of this program is the nature of co-operation between companies and schools. Further support comes from politics and science. Together they are strong partners for re-creating a culture of innovation.
In contemporary society, it is well recognised that public policy, corporate strategy and individual choice, and the way in which they are conducted, is becoming increasingly complex. Consequently, in the context of this rapid change and heightened uncertainty, a better and more versatile understanding of the future and the powerful forces influencing its evolution, is required to assist in policy formulation and decision making at every level across all sectors. In 2005, the Futures Academy, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland, produced a document Imagineering Ireland – Future Scenarios for 2030 to demonstrate how scenario development can be used in Ireland to explore the opportunities and threats that lie ahead for the nation over the next few decades.
The population structure of the German federal state of Rhineland-Pfalz (The Rhineland-Palatinate) in South-West Germany will change considerably in the coming decades. This will have impact on every sphere of private and public life. Taking account of projections for population growth in the region Futur Radar 2030 (Zukunftsradar 2030) took a closer look at these developments and the impact they could have on citizens in the region. The goal was to sensitize the public and decision-makers to this and emerging related issue and to make proposals for various actors as to how they might handle the expected change.