The socio-economic aspects that affect the Internet are as complex and interwoven as society itself. This complexity is based on the interdependence of those disciplines that study changes in human nature. Where economics, political science, humanities, psychology and law are linked to concepts like privacy, freedom of expression, intellectual property and social networks but also to topics like education, security, regulation, private life, communication, business, trust, intangible incentives, to name but a few.

People studying the impact of the Internet on human life are asking fundamental questions about the evolution of society and the economy: Do social networks drive democracy? Should governments censor and filter digital content? Where’s the value in the digital economy? How do people decide in a world full of contextual information?  Meanwhile, engineers and scientists continue to develop new Future Internet technologies that promise to provide more relevant, efficient and durable solutions to challenges of today and tomorrow. Everyone has a view on what matters…..everyone has something of value to say.

SESERV will bridge the gap between those who study and those who build the Internet by supporting discussion and debate within multidisciplinary community of researchers and professionals working on Future Internet Socio Economics. Building on the early thoughts about FISE, SESERV aima is to discover new perspectives on Future Internet research by considering the viewpoints from different disciplines such as computer science, engineering, social sciences, economics and policy.

SESERV will develop priorities for European Future Internet research in Challenge 1 with a balance viewpoint going beyond just the technical perspective. Universal prescriptions are unlikely due to the complexity of individuals, society and the economy, and issues won’t be “solved” by a simple set of rules. However, developing a richer awareness of the problems is the first step towards finding solutions and no doubt the discussion and debate will create innovative technical by-products.

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