- Volume 6 Issue 2
This research studied future directions of Internet technology toward supporting group decision making. From the previous research, this study classified requirements of group decision support systems into three categories which are information transfer, information provision, and communication control. For each of the category, this study analyzed the limits of current Internet functions. Next, this research discussed technological solutions, for each of the OSI 7 layers, toward supporting group decision making. Additional functions in Internet which are required for group supporting are tracing communications, application dependent coding, selection of communication modes, and security handling. For high speed data communication in Internet, this research discussed the potential of cell-switching technology for the lower level link in Internet. The conclusions of this research can be used for designing future group decision support systems and development of Internet.