European Commissioner Kroes chooses ‘wait-and-see’ approach on future Internet

Neelie Kroes, the Dutch commissioner in charge of the EU’s Digital Agenda, said she has no specific plans to support the so-called ‘Internet of Things’, which aims to connect everyday objects such as books, fridges or cars to the information superhighway via tiny microchips.”We have no road. We make the road by walking.”Commissioner Kroes borrowed these words from Antonio Machado, a famous Spanish writer, to describe the European Commission’s regulatory approach to the so-called ‘Internet of Things’.When Machado coined his phrase, he was talking about the simple life of Castilian peasants at the beginning of the 20th century.When Kroes re-used it, she was addressing a 21st century audience of hi-tech experts from all over Europe, who were gathered in Brussels for an annual meeting on the future of the Internet, where objects are connected to one another and information is exchanged on the information superhighway.

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