Electronic Payment Systems Observatory

  • Project team:

    Rader, Michael (Project leader); Knud Böhle; Ulrich Riehm; Arnd Weber

  • Funding:

    European Parliament

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  • Research group:

    Innovation processes and impacts of technology

Project description

In June 2000, a new European project was launched to establish an "electronic Payment Systems Observatory". The project itself was performed by the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, one of eight institutes belonging to the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Among the activities of the "observatory" was the publication of a monthly electronic newsletter edited by ITAS, which was designed to present and comment developments and events in the field of Internet payment systems and electronic commerce. The electronic newsletter was expected to contribute to an overall increase in awareness of e-payment related problems and to stimulating debate. Up to June 2002, a total of 15 issues of the newsletter were published. During this time, the newsletter was available free of charge.
Following the successful completion of the trial operation, EPSO was transferred to the European Central Bank in 2003.




Dr. Michael Rader
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe

Tel.: +49 721 608-22501 (ITAS secretariat)