Poll covers info highway ssues

A new Decima Research poll says members of the information technology community believe durable partnerships by business, government and educators are necessary to promote the information superhighway in Canada.The poll, a computer survey conducted at the Information Technology Association's conference, Powering...

A new Decima Research poll says members of the information technology community believe durable partnerships by business, government and educators are necessary to promote the information superhighway in Canada.

The poll, a computer survey conducted at the Information Technology Association’s conference, Powering Up North America, held in Toronto earlier this month, says Canada’s high tech industries are taking on some of the important questions about the superhighway.

Responsibility

Decima found private industry was cited by 96% of those polled as having the most responsibility to promote development of the superhighway in Canada.

Also, 88% of those polled agreed the federal government had a ‘great deal of’ and ‘some’ responsibility to promote the superhighway.

The same percentage of respondents cited universities and schools as having a major role to play in this area, and 80% of them also cited provincial governments.

Partnerships

According to Kaan Yigit, manager of research development at Toronto-based Decima, although the poll indicates business should take the lead promoting the superhighway, the data also point to a need for partnerships among the three sectors of business, government and educators.

The poll, conducted among partisans of the superhighway, it should be noted, showed 88% of respondents felt that most businesses and governments have not yet fully realized the economic potential of the information superhighway.

Eighty four per cent of the respondents stated innovations along the superhighway will come from small, idea-based technology companies.

Most important

And almost three-quarters of those polled – 72% – felt the sophistication of Canada’s information delivery structure will be the most important element in the country’s international competitiveness in the next five to 10 years.

About one-third of the itac conference attendees – about 230 out of 600 – gave their opinions on the superhighway via interactive personal computers during the first day of the two-day event.

itac represents 450 high tech companies whose revenues make up more than 70% of the $43-billion Canadian high technology market.