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Internet Service Innovation consortium
The purpose of this consortium is to arrive at measures that will maximize the benefits of innovation to society at large. To this end, our consortium will accumulate knowledge on technology and services available on the Internet in Japan, the processes to create business innovation, the factors hindering innovative development, and the value and disadvantages to society resulting from innovation. We will use our neutral position as a university to provide an open institution for publicizing and enlightening society about our research achievements.
The rapid development of information networks and breakthroughs in IT technology has led to the emergence of numerous services and businesses that were inconceivable by conventional thinking, but now provide the potential of benefitting society. However, existing legislation, established practices, and public opinion fall short of supporting this new potential, discouraging society from embracing the fruit of innovation. Furthermore, society has become vulnerable to unexpected incidents and victimization. Japan, in particular, poses a seemingly difficult environment for innovation as it struggles to uphold and maintain an established system. Moreover, given the recent emphasis on restrictions established in the name of safety and security yet offering only questionable effectiveness, it would appear that our society has become an unfriendly one for fostering innovation. While one cannot argue the importance of maintaining security, one can also posit that a listless society that discourages the creation of innovation lacks the ability to adapt to new circumstances. Even from an economic standpoint, an aging society like today's Japan cannot expect to live without anxiety given the daily advances in technology and constantly changing environment that surround us. Unless, that is, we abandon the status quo and continually strive to innovate. Our consortium, based on our recognition that society is at greater danger if it cannot innovate, will research security enhancement measures by actively harnessing technology.
November 19th, 2008 - March 31th, 2011