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.
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
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