Today’s Internet is a remarkable catalyst for creativity, collaboration and innovation providing opportunities that would have been impossible to imagine just two decades ago. If one had predicted then that, in 2010, children would freely access satellite images of any place on earth, interact with people from everywhere and search trillions of data with a simple click on their PCs, one would have been taken for fool.
This report sets out to prepare a similar excursion into the future, by outlining a set of scenarios on how governance and policy modelling, supported and enhanced by the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), could develop by 2030 in order to identify the research needs and policy challenges to be addressed. These efforts may also help the fool sound wise twenty years from now.
The scenarios were developed by means of narration (storytelling) of possible future outcomes in selected key domains of European society where the development of ICT tools for governance and policy modelling are likely to have a major (positive or negative) impact. As an addition to each scenario, ‘storyboards’ (short narrative representations of scenarios) are used to exemplify situations in which users may find themselves if scenario conditions are realised.