It’s Referendum day and in London it’s raining like a bastard. As a final word before the day I thought I’d reflect on the 18 months I spent on the NESSI Steering Committee, which was responsible for planning the EU’s R&D budget on the Internet. My influence wasn’t high but NESSI did some good things and reopened my eyes as to the impact often at the micro level of public policy and on the whole, the world and Europe is a better place because of the EU’s R&D budget. Despite the UK Government’s lack of involvement and encouragement, the UK gets its share; I was pleasantly surprised at the UK impact at ICT 2010 which I attended. Personal experiencing reinforces the arguments of Scientists for the EU and the concrete macro issues on which i have blogged.

Referendum Day

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