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This report provides background on e-book markets and examines various policy issues. These include differing tax rates in countries between physical books and e-books, consumer lock-in to specific platforms, limitations on how users can read and share their purchased content, and a lack of transparency about how data on their reading habits is used.
OECD Expert Workshop on Patent Practice and Innovation: Agenda and presentations
The 2012 Technology Foresight Forum will focus on the potential of big data analytics as a new source of growth, which could help generate significant economic and social benefits
Every day one exabyte of data is said to travel over the Internet – enough data to fill 300,000 of the world’s biggest hard disks or 212 million DVDs. And astonishingly, according to a new OECD report on Internet traffic exchange, most of the thousands of networks that exchange this traffic do so without a written contract or formal agreement.
This report finds that the Internet has developed an efficient market for connectivity based on voluntary contractual agreements. Operating in a highly competitive environment, largely without regulation or central organisation, the Internet model of traffic exchange has produced low prices, promoted efficiency and innovation, and attracted the investment necessary to keep pace with demand.
The Working Party on Consumer Product Safety is aimed at strengthening information sharing on safety issues across borders.
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This symposium will highlight some of the key results from ongoing OECD work on innovative technologies for tackling major societal challenges. Specifically, it draws on a series of five special workshops organised in the first half of 2012 which examined space technologies’ current and future contribution to surveillance and early warning on global threats.
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The objective of this report is to summarise key developments pertaining to steelmaking raw material
markets and policies by bringing together work conducted recently under the auspices of the OECD Steel Committee. The report is organised around two broad areas: market issues and government policies.
Mobile providers have garnered a very large share of traditional services, such as telephony, over the past decade. Nevertheless, mobile networks are dependent on fixed networks and could not efficiently meet the rapidly expanding demand of users without the contributions made by fixed broadband networks.
The Internet is now a fundamental infrastructure supporting the economy and is firmly in its 2nd 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