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					                                                                                        by Crystal Sharp

         aking as its theme ‘I’s to the Future: Invention,        The Seventh European Framework Programme (FP7) has
         Innovation, Impact, the 2008 ICT (Information and     made the Future Internet theme core to European Union (EU)
         Communication Technology) conference attracted        funding for ICT. About €600 million (about $811 million U.S.)
more than 4,000 delegates to Lyon, France, in late November    will be devoted specifically to the theme in 2009–2010, making
(http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/events/               this the single largest research program in this field worldwide.
ict/2008/index_en.htm). This important forum, held bien-       The funds will finance collaborative projects, bringing together
nially, showcases European research and presents opportu-      industry and academia from all over Europe and beyond.
nities for discussing and debating public policy priorities    Industry will be adding more than €400 million (about $540 mil-
and for learning about European funding for ICT research.      lion U.S.) in the next 2 years to these projects, bringing the total
Leading policymakers and visionaries from academia and         sum to about €1 billion (about $1.35 billion U.S.) for 2009–2010.
industry discussed the challenges to sustaining European          The ICT conference recognized the internet’s evolution
competitiveness within a rapidly evolving technological        into an aggregator of new technologies and a networking
environment.                                                   vehicle for myriad connective devices (mobile devices, sen-
   Exhibits presented the results of more than 100 ICT proj-   sors, and radio frequency tagging), social networks, and
ects, including extremely innovative collaborative projects    wireless services. This challenges society to develop a new
for health data grids; smart-home intelligent control, mon-    essential infrastructure capable of providing high band-
itoring, and metering systems; assistive technologies to       width capacity, higher computing performance, private and
enable older persons to remain active in their communities;    secure data storage, and communication and interoperabil-
semantic search technologies, and more (http://ec.europa       ity between multiple and different devices.
.eu/information_society/events/ict/2008/exhibition/index          Simultaneously, innovative ICT applications critical to
_en.htm). All student reporters received a Zpen, which         the well-being of humankind (energy, transportation,
writes on any paper and converts handwritten text to digi-     health, and digital libraries) are being developed and deliv-
tal content that can then be downloaded to a computer. I       ered via the internet, widening social, economic, and pro-
wish I had one of those!                                       ductivity boundaries and creating new value chains.

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THREE MAIN PRINCIPLES                                                 Networks of the future: Autonomous and spontaneous
                             In her opening remarks, Viviane       paradigms will be key features of the networks of the future.
                           Reding, European Commissioner           Spontaneous and opportunistic networks such as wireless
                           for Information Society and Media,      sensor networks, ad hoc networks, and smart communicat-
                           advocated three main principles         ing object networks will provide optimum service and con-
                           that should be the basis for policies   nectivity to end users; autonomous networking schemes
                           to ensure that Europe better har-       will be used as a means to control the increasing complex-
                           nesses the pote
				
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Description: Taking as its theme 'I's to the Future: Invention, Innovation, Impact, the 2008 ICT (Information and Communication Technology) conference attracted more than 4,000 delegates to Lyon, France, in late November. This important forum showcases European research and presents opportunities for discussing and debating public policy priorities and for learning about European funding for ICT research. Exhibits presented the results of more than 100 ICT projects. The ICT conference recognized the Internet's evolution into an aggregator of new technologies and a networking vehicle for myriad connective devices, social networks, and wireless services. ICT 2008 was a very interesting glimpse into how the world is poised to change and be shaped by new networking paradigms. It was extremely fascinating not only to view the possibilities of technological innovation in addressing sustainability, health, and transportation but also to know that the social dimensions of information access, security, privacy, and cultural preservation are being discussed, debated, and considered very seriously.
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