Here is the text of a short presentation I gave this morning on the occasion of the General Assembly of the European Federation of Accountants in Brussels. The general consensus emerged that there is no direct connection between financial reporting at the micro (firm) level and macroeconomic stability. This differentiation is crucial in the debate.
The subsequent Panel on the Internet - An opportunity to empower investors through accessibility or a risk for the reliability of financial information? with the US SEC's CIO Corey Booth among others made me doubt whether the European profession is really aware of the drastic impact that XBRL as a disruptive technology is going to have on the financial reporting value chain.
P.S. Other conference documents are available at the FEE's website.