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Inspired by: workshops/meetings » Secure and safe internet that is easy to use

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iKnow workshop country name

Czech Republic

Workshop date

March 2010


(max. 9 words)

Secure and safe internet that is easy to use


(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Wild Card (approx. 150 words)
This wild card was deemed originally as very dull but very wild. As the title suggests a new Internet would be developed that would be safe from criminal activity and social pathologies (private information theft, pornography, violent material). This Internet would also be very much simplified in use.


ICT, internet, safe, easy to use, secure


(max. 250 characters)

a new Internet would be developed that would be safe from criminal activity and social pathologies, and it would be very much simplified in use.


Closest timeframe for at least 50% likelihood
Please use one of the following options:

Features of life if the wild card manifests

Feature 2: education and research environment
Improvement of education
Feature 3: consumers, markets and lifestyles
E-business and e-commerce expansion
Feature 5: politics and global affairs
Politicains effort to monitor content
Feature 7: security and defence
Secure internet for everybody

Type of event

Human planned (e.g. terrorist attack or funded scientific breakthrough)

Type of emergence

please select (if any) describe related trend or situation
A counter trend/development/situation
(e.g. There is a massive decline in mobile phone usage due to fears of health hazards; Considerations of privacy lead to the banning of video surveillance in public spaces
An extreme extension of a trend/development/situation
(e.g. Increased global warming leads to a total ban on fossil fuels)

Type of systems affected

Human-built Systems - E.g. organisations, processes, technologies, etc.




please specify:
please select
Level 4: important for the whole world

Early indicators

(including weak signals)

Gradual improvement of internet security

Latent phase

Obstacles for early indentification

information/communicational filters (media/editorial interests, language, reasoning)
affective filters (emotions, anxiety, self-doubt)

Manifestation phase

Type of manifestation

In a probably pervasive way (contagious or transmittable)

Aftermath phase

Important implications
Transformation of a system (e.g. new applications, change in stakeholders relations/influence)

Key drivers or triggers

Provide up to 2 possible drivers or triggers of HIGH importance. Click on HELP to see examples:
please describe
Driver / Trigger 1
please describe
Driver / Trigger 2
Technological/Scientific New security technologies
Economic Need of transparent business infrastructure
Political Fight against the crime

Potential impacts (risks & opportunities)

Timeframe options
Risks Opportunities
(within 1 year after the Wild Card manifests)
Censorship of the content

Potential stakeholders' actions

it occurs
it occurs
Policy actors (at the international, European and national levels) Develop child protection measures Develop child protection measures Develop education features Develop education features
Business actors (incl. SMEs) Develop no-cost access options and new security technologies
Media Promotion of the new Net

Relevance for Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Crime and terrorism Decrease of internet crime
Social cohesion and diversity Safe intenret for everybody
Economic prosperity/dynamics Improvement of infrasturcture
Globalization vs. localization Secure global communication
Techno-security, hazard & risk Increase of security

Relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
ICT - Information & communication technologies Increase of security
Social Sciences and Humanities Improvement of communication and social inclusion

Pan-European strategies potentially helping to deal with the wild card

please justify:
particularly relevant
Developing and funding world-class research infrastructures
Facilitating and promoting knowledge sharing and transfer

 Features of a research-friendly ecology contributing to deal with the wild card

For further information about 'research-friendly strategies' click here

please justify:
particularly relevant
Creating a closer link between researchers & policy-makers
(e.g. supporting both thematic and cross-cutting policies, highlighting the strategic purpose of the European Research Area, etc.