DAE Background analysis lacking quality
Studying the background analysis of the Digital Agenda Process is quite revealing. See e.g. here
On surface, it is to the point.
"9.1 Overarching conclusions: a next digital strategy to empower users and consumers
There is a pressing need to strengthen further the user’s role in the Information Society in Europe.
This need was already first identified in the Midterm Review of the i2010 strategy. So too, in its recent report on the Digital Agenda, the European Parliament said: “Europe will only reap the
benefits of this digital revolution if all EU citizens are mobilised and empowered to participate fully in
the new digital society and the person is placed at the core of the policy action.”
But if you study the report closer, you realise that the term "empowerment" is not even beginning to include the hardcore issues such as security, power and real control over value chains and data. The entire report is hardly touching on the fundamentals.
How could good strategy emerge without proper background analysis?
Instead the report ends up in the typical "nanny-state"-approach which Europe is suffering from. We cannot restore democracy and markets, when policy is formulated from distrusting citizens.
Sure, there are citizens that cannot, will not or are not allowed to have full sovereignty - but if we design technology dis-empowering, we get dis-empowered citizens and severe market distortions and security problems.
Empowerments starts with POWER to enforce a NO on value chains forcing providers to adabt and ipgrade their offers to be cheaper or better quality. How tro do this in the public sector is a bit more complicated, but the fundamentals are the same.