The European vision of the ‘information society’ entails illustrating how the developments within it may make certain contributions to European economic growth, to increases in employment, and to the economic and social cohesion evident across the European Union. In this analysis, we concentrate mainly on the various endeavours made at achieving the information society vision and its corresponding transformations in the governance systems, the social order, and the economy, considering whether the resulting developments are to the benefit of all Europeans. In this chapter, we introduce how the formation of the European Union is paralleled by the different global changes experienced by both communication and information technology, and how this move is expected to have profound effects on European consumers, wealth creation, and improved standards of living.
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