An international experts workshop
"Ubiquitous Network Societies" was held from 6 to 8 April 2005 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Chair's Report from the meeting is available
here and Workshop presentations can be downloaded
For more information about
the research project and workshop, please contact Ms. Lara Srivastava at <lara.srivastava(a)itu.int>.
The ITU News featured the Workshop and its contents in a Special
Anniversary Edition of the magazine. The Feature can be downloaded
in English, French and Spanish below:
The background and thematic papers presented at the workshop are
Background paper: "Ubiquitous
Network Societies: The Case of Radio Frequency Identification"
Ubiquitous Network Societies"
"Ubiquitous Network Societies: Their impact on the
Country Case Studies
Network Societies: The
Case of Japan"
Network Societies: The Case of the Republic of Singapore"
Network Societies: The Case of Korea"
Network Societies: The Case of Italy" . See
also "Ubiquitous Network
Societies - Survey on the Case of Italy"
The workshop addressed a number of questions, for instance:
What are the important technical developments that will enable
the shift to a ubiquitous communication environment: sensor
networks, flexible software platforms, smart devices, RFID, embedded
technologies, context-aware technologies?
What are some of the
key sectors for the early application of ubiquitous technologies: e.g. transport,
What are some of the important public policy mechanisms for
encouraging deployment, e.g. spectrum management?
What is the impact of ubiquitous technologies on the overall
What corporate strategies are optimal for both traditional &
non-traditional enterprises in the shift to ubiquity?
What consumer protection safeguards are required, for instance
can we ensure social inclusion and diversity in an increasingly
ubiquitous technological environment?
What will be the impact of ubiquitous technologies on the
evolution of society and social behaviour?