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Bridging the digital gender divide

New digital tools are empowering, and can serve to support a new source of inclusive global economic growth. Now is the time to step up the efforts and take advantage of the digital transformation to ensure that it represents a leapfrog opportunity for women and a chance to build a more inclusive digital world.

Read the first findings of the forthcoming report Empowering Women in the Digital AgeThis represents a preliminary effort by the OECD, working with the G20, to broaden the evidence base to better understand the position of women in the economy and society that is being transformed by digital technologies.

Digital economy outlook

The Digital Economy Outlook 2017 looks at policy implications of the digital transformation and shows how Internet infrastructure and usage vary across countries and firms in the OECD area.

This edition focuses on:


  • Going digital: an introduction to the digital transformation with a discussion of how it affects multiple policy areas, a presentation of key policy and measurement building blocks that could develop an integrated policy framework, and an analysis of the current state of national digital strategies being implemented across the OECD.

  • Policy and regulation: an overview of policy trends in the areas of access and connectivity, usage and skills, digital innovation and digital risk and trust, identifying the most common policy measures and instruments, good practices and challenges to be addressed.


The next production revolution

The Next Production Revolution: Implications for Government and Business examines the opportunities and challenges, for business and government, associated with technologies bringing about the "next production revolution”. The technologies considered in this report, from information and communication technologies and robots to new materials, have more to contribute to productivity than they currently do. Often, their use is predominantly in larger firms. And even in those firms, many potential applications are underused.  

Key emerging technologies considered in the report are:

The report also looks at several cross-cutting themes:

A new era in energy

From the rise of connected devices at home, to automated industrial production processes, and smart mobility, digital technologies are increasingly changing how, where and when energy is consumed.

The International Energy Agency report Digitalisation & Energy is the first-ever comprehensive effort to depict how digital technologies could transform the world’s energy systems.

The publication examines the impact of digital technologies on energy demand sectors, looks at how energy suppliers can use digital tools to improve operations, and explores the transformational potential of digitalisation to help create a highly interconnected energy system.


OECD Observer issue on the digital economy

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