The development of the Information Society is undoubtedly ne of the most promising current challenges because the progress achieved is both the engines for economic growth and a source of innovation that affect the whole society. Progress made in Spain in the last years has been impressive but, technologic development continuously opens new opportunities and new solutions that contribute to a greater sustainability of the economy.
Creating the Information Society Chair, the IDEAS Foundations aims to note the importance given to the sector of information and communications technologies and its potentialities to modernize the administration, improve the quality and efficiency of public services and the change of production model.
The work of the Information Society Chair breaks down into several areas: Strategy and Context, Economic Development, Technological Development and Environment, Digital Contents, Public Services and Digital Rights.
The mains objective is to tackle the issues related to the development of the information society from a comprehensive viewpoint which are important in the short as well as medium and long term. The IDEAS-Chair wishes to give a forward-looking approach and contribute proposals and recommendations to the public debate based on a broad empirical expertise in the sector.
Part of this work will include the description and even the definition of the very sector, the identification of elements that fuel its expansion to the whole society and productive system, the elaboration of specific proposals that allow the acceleration of the whole process as well as the comparison of statistics at national and international level.
Nowadays nobody calls into question the fact that the ICT sector is one of the more productive and innovative sectors of the last years and its cross-cutting economic impacts will increase more and more. We need to delve further into the advances resulting from the application of these technologies in other sectors like that of public administration, justice, health, education, trade and the energy sector, etc. In this sense, its contribution to job creation on one hand and a greater sustainability on the other is of great importance.
Besides, there are issues generated by the characteristics of a sector which is changing our society drastically. Intellectual property, personal data protection and the neutrality of the net are some of the new regulatory challenges.
Graduated in Economics and Business Studies at the Complutense University of Madrid, and holds a Master Degree Economic Analysis and Regulated Sectors from the same University. Between 2004 and 2006 he was adviser in new technologies to the Minister of Industry, Tourism, Trade.
Between 2006 and 2010 he was Director General for the Development of the Information Society at the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade a department of the Secretary of State for Telecommunications where he was in charge of the design and implementation the Avanza Plan.
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