Digital Footprint Dutch Economy Reaches €338 Billion

In our research on the Dutch digital economy we concluded that the total value-add generated by the digital workforce amounted to €182 billion in 2016. This means that our gross digital domestic product (GDDP) already contributes 28% of our total GDP. © The METISfiles, 2017 However, this is just the direct impact of the digital […] Read more »

Dutch Digital Economy Worth €182 Billion

On behalf of Nederland ICT, The METISfiles recently researched and analyzed the size and growth of the Dutch digital workforce and its associated value add to the Dutch economy. The study shows that 1,57 million people in the Netherlands use ICT for more than 50% of their working hours to execute their primary business tasks. […] Read more »

Rhino in the Room

Privacy breaches, information dragnets, darknet, hacks, cybercrime, leaks, sometimes it makes you wonder what good information technology actually brings to human kind. Sure, media has always focused on things that can go sour; our first interest is in what disasters or negative effects inventions and innovations bring to us. And, they usually do. Alfred Nobel’s […] Read more »

Betting on the Blockchain

With the Bitcoin exchange rate going skyhigh (1 XBT = € 2232 at 4/7/17) one could easily forget about the underlying technology: the blockchain. The Bitcoin blockchain technology can be regarded as a distributed ledger system in which the transactions are permanently time-stamped and stored on many computers simultaneously and made secure by cryptographic means. […] Read more »

The Future of Work: Steady Hands No Longer Needed

In our series on the future of work we have touched upon several lines of business where humans are in the process of being replaced by machines. From the 2013 study from Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne called The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerization? It became clear that many […] Read more »

Police Future: Less Cops, More Drones

There seems to be a law that describes the usage sequence of new technology. First there is the military that take an interest in a new technology, then it is being consumerized,  and ultimately civil government takes an interest. Take the history of UAV’s. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles have been around for over 150 years but […] Read more »