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OUTLINE OF MR. CAMANZI's SPEECH AT THE BONN CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL INFORMATION NETWORKS, July 1997

Second Plenary Session: “Empowering the User”

Title (suggested): “The Users' Information Society”

Key message:

With the rapid development of technologies (products, applications and convergence), the challenge is to make the advantages of the I.S. available rapidly, easily, and at competitive conditions.

1. The Information Society stimulus

1.1 employment and competitiveness: closing the gap

1.2 time is a factor of success: the sense of urgency

1.3 three deadlines (“the new ages”)

* 1998 - a new age for telecoms

* 1999 - a new age for Europe

* 2000 - a new century

2. A frontier-free scenario

2.1 ICT supports liberalization and globalization

2.2 ICT need market and infrastructure opening

2.3 the users benefit from innovative offers and tariff reductions

3. A pro-active and skilled user

3.1 awareness and information

3.2 education, training and re-training: the tools

3.3 new services and applications (Internet, e-commerce, teleworking)

4. A cooperative challenge

4.1 Institutions/Member States/Industry/Users/Unions

4.2 a contribution to the integration process (have and havenots)

4.3 a contribution to a new I.S. “culture”


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