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Stumbling along or grave new world? Towards Europe's information society

Colin Blackman (Editor of foresight, an independent consultant and associate of PREST, University of Manchester, Manchester. He may be contacted at 13 High Street, Cottenham, Cambridge CB4 8SA, UK (E‐mail:


ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 1 October 2004



What does the future hold for Europe's ICT sector and how will the information society develop? This article provides a snapshot of the state of Europe's ICT sector and progress towards the information society. The article then considers the major trends and drivers of change shaping the information society and, based on published foresight studies, explores two possible scenarios for the future. Finally, the implications for Europe's policies towards ICT and the information society are discussed.



Blackman, C. (2004), "Stumbling along or grave new world? Towards Europe's information society", Foresight, Vol. 6 No. 5, pp. 261-270.



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