The Information Society Technologies Advisory Group (ISTAG) has issued its 10 key recommendation to the Commission on the orientation for EU ICT R&D and Innovation beyond 2013. ISTAG reaffirms the importance of pursuing and strengthening EU investment in ICT research and innovation. Indeed ICT infrastructure plays a critical role in today’s globalised economy and its reliable and trustworthy operation is absolutely essential. However beyond this ICT has become a key transformative force in social innovation by enabling the development implementation and deployment of innovative solutions addressing societal needs and supporting human and socio-economic development opportunities. This wider agenda calls for a larger stakeholder community beyond the traditional players including unconventional actors such as informal networks and influential individuals.

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Original Publication Date: Thu 01 Sep 2011