Why the OECD?
The world does not lack white papers and policy briefs on ICT and digital economy policy. But the OECD is uniquely positioned to reduce the gap between "technology 4.0" and "policy 1.0" due to its distinctive strengths:
- Specialised policy communities and supporting OECD staff that cover nearly all policy fields, enabling a whole-of-government perspective.
- Deep digital experience through the OECD’s Committee on Digital Economy Policy, which has analysed the growth of the digital economy for 25 years.
- Direct access to policy makers and stakeholder communities from a wide variety of countries, many of which have been at the forefront of the transformation.
In 2017 and 2018 the OECD will examine how the digital transformation affects policymaking across a large spectrum of policy areas, including competition; consumer policy; digital economy policy (privacy, security, infrastructure, economic impact); science, technology and innovation; industry and entrepreneurship; insurance and private pensions; financial markets; fiscal affairs and taxation; statistics; economic policy (monetary, fiscal and structural); education and skills; employment and social affairs; public governance; and trade.
This project will take advantage of lessons drawn from OECD’s New Approaches to Economic Challenges which, in the wake of the global financial crisis, involved a comprehensive organisation-wide reflection on how to renew and strengthen the OECD’s analytical frameworks, policy instruments and tools. Similar to that work, responding to the digital transformation will require fundamental rethinking of policies across many different areas.
The project will draw on national experiences and policy experimentation occurring across the OECD’s 35 member countries, its accession countries, key partners and many other economies involved in the OECD's work. These countries offer a rich diversity of approaches, challenges and levels of development.
The project was officially launched in Berlin on 12 January 2017, in conjunction with the kick-off event for Germany’s 2017 G20 Presidency digital agenda. Over the course of the project, the OECD will seek to engage policy makers and stakeholders in a variety of ways, including through public events, country-specific roundtables, high-level ministerial discussions, and digital means. The OECD welcomes the active involvement and contributions of governments and stakeholders in this work.
The Going Digital project is designed to actively engage with governments, stakeholders, and independent experts, including through workshops and roundtables planned in various countries before, during and after the analysis has been completed.
The project builds on three main pillars, each designed to break new ground in our understanding of the digital transformation and its effects on our economies and societies:
The Going Digital project aims to help policymakers in all relevant policy areas better understand the digital revolution that is taking place across different sectors of the economy and society as a whole.
It will articulate recommendations for pro-active – rather than reactive – policies that will help to drive greater growth and societal well-being and help address the challenges of slow productivity growth, high unemployment and growing inequality in many countries.
The project will draw on the OECD's unique capacity to provide a whole-of-government perspective on complex policy challenges.
By leveraging the latest evidence and data across policy domains, it will give policymakers the tools they need to help their economies and societies prosper in a world that is increasingly digital and data-driven. This will support discussions on the digital transformation at the highest levels – national, regional and international (including through forums such as the G20 and G7).
The Going Digital project envisions a range of reports and recommendations on select policy issues produced by each policy community involved in the project, as well as policy brochures, country profiles and databases, a synthesis built on horizontal insights and good practices, and possibly a “toolkit” of policy “dos” and “don’ts” for the digital era.
Once completed, the project's integrated policy framework may be used to guide OECD reviews of the digital transformation in specific countries, helping countries self-assess how prepared they are for an increasingly digital world, supporting the development of national digital strategies, and analysing the digital transformation from a holistic perspective.
A high-level event to share the findings of the project and identify avenues for further work will be held in Paris on 11-12 March 2019.