The Secretary-General Angel Gurría and a team of OECD experts were in Copenhagen at the UN Summit on Climate Change (7-18 December 2009) to share analysis and policy advice.
The Internet has been remarkably successful in developing greater opportunities for communication access - and economic growth and social development - for the first billion users. The majority of the next several billion users will be mainly from developing countries and will connect to the Internet principally via wireless networks. But there are substantial discrepancies in access to ICTs between developed and developing countries and also within countries, depending on factors such as gender, rural coverage, skills and educational levels.
This book examines how the market for internet traffic exchange has evolved and explores the coherence of policies pursued by developed and developing countries. It notes the increasing innovation occurring in a number of developing countries with competitive markets and discusses how liberalisation has helped to expand of access networks and make ICT services increasingly affordable and available to the poor. The report also highlights the employment, micro-entrepreneurial and social development opportunities which have emerged as access levels have risen among low-income users. The study notes that gateway service monopolies - still in 70 countries - raise the prices for accessing international capacity and reduce the affordability of Internet access to business and end users.
The OECD is to work with developed and developing countries and international organisations to improve policies for the Internet economy and increase international co-operation on issues such as cybercrime and security.
What benefits would the Internet bring to the developing world? A live online question and answer session is taking place now until 16.00 Paris time (15.00 GMT) on Thursday 21 February 2008.
Governments and industry should step up their coordination to combat the global problem of spam, according to a new set of OECD recommendations.
China needs to make wide-ranging changes in the way it runs its public and private sectors if it is to continue on a stable growth path leading to full integration into the world economy, according to a new report from the OECD.
Die OECD-Länder haben eine Arbeitsgruppe eingesetzt, um die Anstrengungen der Regierungen, der Wirtschaft und Zivilgesellschaft im Kampf gegen unerwünschte E-mail-Zusendungen (Spam) zu ordnen und eine umfassende und strategische Antwort auf die durch Spam hervorgerufenen Probleme zu finden.
OECD countries have set up a task force to marshal the efforts of government, business and civil society in the most comprehensive, strategic and inclusive response to date to the problems posed by unsolicited e-mail messages, or spam.
Governments must step up the fight against spam by improving cross-border cooperation on network security and law enforcement as part of a multipronged drive to protect the integrity of the Internet, the OECD said.
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This report on Regulatory Reform in the Telecommunications Industry analyses the institutional set-up and use of policy instruments in the United Kingdom.