So here we are, at the eGovernment Conference in Malmo, where high-level speakers and 1 000 delegates representing Member States, EFTA and candidate countries, the European Commission, international and regional organisations, leaders of the ICT industry and its main organisations, as well as academia and others have gathered to discuss the concept of a "digital Europe".
The goal is to reach a higher level of sophistication in the use of technology. This will enable a barrier-free digital market which will empower not only businesses, but also individual citizens. Through internet access, we can increase effectiveness in public administration, we can allow organizations to connect easier to one another, and little by little, we may begin to call our society a knowledge society.
A game is being played here in the conference room, one must turn to the person next to him or her, and share their ambitions. Then they must set a new ambition for the next few days. What will they want to learn here? And what goals do they want to meet regarding the eGovernment challenge?
It may seem like a game... but these questions are essential if we are to improve on a global scale. I think it's important to keep in mind that eGovernment is NOT just about Europe, it involves ALL countries around the world. It's making the point that financial, social and political improvement is SO achievable, that just about anyone can help make a difference.