A barrier is something such as a rule, a law(of nature, or of society), or a policy that makes it difficult or impossible for something to happen or be achieved; factors that hinder and decelerate development of a certain system along evolution. The identification of barriers is the starting point for identifying problems and contradictions.
Context: Drivers & Barriers / FORMAT methodology
The person(s) to whom a Technology Forecast may be beneficial, e.g. by supporting them in decision-making, by helping them gain knowledge on a technological system… The beneficiaries are mainly the “end-users” of the forecast, usually the people in the company that are involved in decision-making.