|Internet of the Future 6-7 October 2008|
Internet of the Future
Building tomorrow’s Internet together
For the past ten years, the Internet has become a strategic infrastructure, with a major economical and social role. The Internet is a powerful driver for worldwide innovation, growth and productivity. Moreover, the Internet also brings opportunities of social well-being’s improvement. Today, more than 1.5 billion people in the world are using it and another billion will join within the next five years. These new users will then discover a very different network and new uses.
The Internet is at a crossroads of its evolution. Mobile internet and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID, among other key technologies, will soon allow the creation of an « Internet of objects » whose services will weave themselves into users’ daily life. Tomorrow’s Internet services will expand to various fields like health, education, proximity services and energy management.
Europe possesses enough key assets to become a leader on technologies and services of the future Internet. Indeed, Europe benefits from both a strong unified market for mobile telecommunications and a world-unique cultural and geographical legacy. Combined together, these resources may trigger Internet-related jobs and services in Europe.
However, Civil Liberties and Privacy protection will have to be taken into account so that the future Internet can harmoniously coexist with EU citizens’ principles and values. Networks security and stability have also become a major concern for companies and governments. Today, these issues require an enhanced international cooperation.
Time has come, thus, to gather all internet stakeholders - industrials, policymakers, non-profit and academic leaders - and promote tomorrow’s Internet development in Europe. It is the very purpose of the French EU Presidency conference on “the Internet of the Future” that will take place in Nice, on October 6.
In this regard, I invited European Ministers in charge of Digital Economy to participate in the first European ministerial meeting dedicated to the future Internet, in Nice on 6 October 2008. The focus will be on ultra-high broadband networks deployment, on new services creation, but also on trust, security and governance of the Internet.
The French Presidency will present findings on these topics at the EU Telecom Council, on 27 November 2008.
Secretary of State for the Development of Digital Economy
6-7 October 2008