Social Computing Transforms Europe

Currently 130 million people are involved in social computing and this figure is increasing. A recent report issued by the European Commission has highlighted the extensive influence of social computing on industry, citizens, identity, social inclusion, education, health and public governance and points to the potential effects on the post-i2010 agenda.

Broadband connections are increasing, and there is a growing need amongst consumers for new software tools and hardware devices. The report outlines recommendations for managing both the risks and the opportunities that social computing can bring to Europe. The digital divides that exist due to age, social class and education may further expand with the advancement of social computing technologies.

With so many social computing users and annual revenue in 2007 by social networking sites exceeding US$3 billion, the report finds that EU policy makers need to take note of this growing phenomenon in order to ensure the future of innovation and knowledge within Europe. 

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