Published: October 2012
The Internet is now a fundamental infrastructure supporting the economy and is firmly in its second stage of development, having evolved from a data network connecting PCs with wires to a much broader network of new portable devices from mobile phones to tablet computers. It is also on the cusp of a much larger expansion to objects that typically did not have communications capabilities: the “Internet of things” is projected to have more connections than the people using them. This raises many important socio-economic and political issues for stakeholders to consider, as economies and societies become increasingly inter-meshed.
The Internet Economy Outlook replaces the Information Technology Outlook and will be published every other year, alternately with the OECD Communications Outlook.
Introduction. Expanding connectivity and measuring the Internet economy
Chapter 1. ICTs, the Internet and the crisis: Macro trends
Chapter 2. Internet trends and development
Chapter 3. Internet adoption and use: Households and individuals
Chapter 4. Internet adoption and use: Businesses
Chapter 5. Developments in digital content
Chapter 6. ICTs for health and ageing
Chapter 7. Security and privacy
Chapter 8. Government priorities and policy developments
Annex. Methodological considerations
Wireless Internet access overtaking fixed broadband subscriptions
Internet access in OECD households, 2011 or latest available year
Broadband connections in OECD households, 2011 or latest available year
Businesses with a broadband connection, 2011 or latest available year
Performance trends of top 250 ICT firms, 2000-2011
Growth in monthly output in computer and related services, December 2007-April 2012
Employment trends in the top 250 ICT firms by sector, 2000-11
OECD iEconomy application
This mobile application, available for free download on iTunes (Android version forthcoming) provides a statistical overview of the Internet economy in a format designed for mobile devices.
It offers quick access to data on employment, connectivity, business usage, security and privacy related to the Internet economy.
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