It is currently impossible to extract one single governmental policy or vision with regard to the Internet from all the individual policies: there are as many visions of the information future as there are sectors of the economy helping to create them.
What can be more or less concluded is that at this moment, governments  and politicians are not interested in agent technology per se. However, most of them state in their future plans for the Internet (or National Information Infrastructure (NII)  in case of the United States) that both individuals (or civilians) as well as companies and institutions should be able to make maximum use of it: users of the Internet should have free access to a broad variety of information (such as information from the government) and be able to chose from an equally broad variety of services. Services and information which every company or institution should be enabled to offer freely (with as little restrictions as possible).
But what use is all this information when users (i.e. civilians) are not able to find it, or are not able to access the Internet at all? How do users find out if (and which) services are being offered, and - if they find them - will they be able to use them (properly)?
To all appearances it seems that, although governments and politicians do not say it in so many words, agent technology - preferably combined with the three layer model as seen
in chapter four - is a powerful and versatile tool that could be used to achieve this aim. Many application areas (and applications) are sketched in the various policy plans, each of them presupposing there to be a powerful, "intelligent" technology that makes it all possible: agent technology may very well be what they are looking for (but it is - for the time-being - unknown to them).
Moreover, the fact that the government in most countries is both one of the biggest suppliers as well as one of the biggest consumers of information stresses the need even more for governments to address this problem. Currently, they are usually doing this rather passively by financing projects of large companies, hoping that they will come up with the techniques and applications to handle the situation. In the future, it may be better if governments started to play a more active role, just like the active role they are pursuing with regard to (general) Internet developments.
 When, in this and the next chapter, something is being said about "the government" or "governments", the governments of the United States, various individual European countries and the European Union (as a whole) are meant. It were their policies that have been used for section 5.5 and 6.5.
 Throughout this thesis the National Information Infrastructure (NII) will be treated as being equal to the Internet, or rather: equal to the American part of the Internet. However, in policy plans of the United States, the NII is much more than the Internet alone. For simplicity's sake we will ignore that difference.
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