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The Digital Economy Programme – what is it?

Yes, the world we live in is changing rapidly at an ever increasing pace. Technological advancements bring more and more opportunities to our modern society. Economies grow, collapse and grow again while new ones are being made digitally as we speak.

The Digital Economy Programme is an interdisciplinary research council programme aimed at providing more understanding and competence on this aspect of the World Wide Web.  The main focus lies on the impact and consequences new technologies can have businesses, government and modern society.

In order to gain more understanding in the Digital Economy an interdisciplinary approach is necessary where input from a wide variety of researchers will be interlinked, such as social sciences, arts, humanities and computer sciences.

Strategy & Goals

The main goals and strategies of the Digital Economy Programme can be summed up in a couple of major key points:

  • Designing a new research framework with strong capabilities in ICT together with great understanding of business, economics and other areas needed for delivering the benefits of ICT research to the public.
  • Creating viable links between sectors where the Digital Economy has the potential to have a major impact but where the Research Council have limited engagement in respect to economic impact.
  • Creating a new high-class network of researchers working at the interface between disciplines such as art, social, physical, medical and computers sciences. This should provide solid fundamentals for conducting research needed to support the knowledge economy and contribute to public policy goals.

More information about the Digital Economy Programme and all of its partners and participants can be found at the official website: RCUK.

Below you can also find a video in which Professor Derek McAuley and Professor Tom Rodden explain what the Digital Economy Programme is about and how their Horizon programme fits in.


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