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Каким быть Интернету для Европы?

БРЮССЕЛЬ – Когда Европейская комиссия 6 мая объявит о своей новой стратегии в области цифровых технологий, ей предстоит решающий выбор между двумя совершенно разными подходами к Интернету. Выберет ли она путь, ориентированный на будущее и рыночный подход? Или проголосует за оборонительное, ретроградное, изоляционистское отступление?

Сначала о хорошем – широкая известность этого события говорит о том, что лидеры континента осознают: Интернет больше нельзя отодвигать на задворки европейской политики. Он играет центральную роль в производительности экономики и в модернизации промышленной базы Европы.

За последние пять лет, пока Европа боролась с макроэкономическими трудностями, Соединенные Штаты и Азия мчались вперед, пожиная плоды цифровой эпохи. Согласно недавнему исследованию Plum Consulting, вклад информационных и коммуникационных технологий (ИКТ) в годовой прирост производительности составлял в Соединенных Штатах за этот период почти 1,6% – вдвое больше, чем в Европе. Возможно, этому не стоит удивляться, с учетом того, что в США почти 5% инвестиций приходятся на ИКТ, в то время как в Европе – 2%.

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