Future of Information Revolution in Europe by Diane O. Larsen-Freeman

By Diane O. Larsen-Freeman

This file includes the lawsuits of a convention all for the data revolution in Europe, that used to be held in Limelette, Belgium, in April 2001. members during this convention argued that the knowledge revolution is following a a bit of varied direction in Europe than in the US: the method of "creative destruction" through which new applied sciences and enterprise paradigms change their predecessors is continuing extra slowly, Europe's emphasis on financial and social fairness ends up in a much less competitive method of new IT enterprise possibilities than does the "winner-take-all" enterprise mentality within the united states, and Europe's "top down" making plans mentality is fostering extra planned determination making. consequently, the knowledge revolution has been continuing slower in Europe than in the United States, with the U.S. within the leading edge in so much IT-related parts and Europe following alongside a bit of in the back of. this can be more likely to proceed for a minimum of the following couple of years, if now not longer.

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This means the balance worsens: children of rich parents get much more opportunities to get acquainted with the new technology. According to another participant, school is a place to train people to be eCitizens. What do we want them to be; are we training for the right point? A crucial point with a more diffused way of teaching is measurement. How can we know where pupils stand? Still another participant concluded the discussion with the statement that it is not so much the technology we should change in education, but the content.

While Europeans view education as a function of government, Americans place a higher value on individuals’ own responsibility in this area. A separate subsection is therefore devoted to education. eGovernment The Moderator raised the following issues with respect to eGovernment: 36 • • • Can Governments lead? Can they even keep up with changes in business and civil society? Will eGovernment be more efficient and cost less? Or will it cost more? Can eGovernment be more accessible to more people?

Other participants emphasized the common problems faced by firms in both the United States and Europe in managing payments for content delivered through the agency of new information technologies. No one, it was noted, has yet developed a satisfactory approach to micro-payments for small quantities of information. Without such a payment mechanism, some argued, the full ________________________________________________________________________ expanded European market. ” 23 potential of new technologies to deliver large amounts of information is unlikely to be realized.

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