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  • 24-May-2016

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    Measuring GDP in a digitalised economy

    Statistics Working Paper N. 73, 2016/7 - Recent years have seen a rapid emergence of new disruptive technologies with new forms of intermediation, service provision and consumption, with digitalisation being a common characteristic. These include new platforms that facilitate Peer-to-Peer transactions, such as AirBnB and Uber, new activities such as crowd sourcing,...

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  • 13-May-2016

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    For an optimistic revolution

    The world has seen more than one industrial revolution and another one is already upon us. We should face it as optimists.

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  • 6-May-2016

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    A mystery in the machine

    Algorithms lie at the heart of machine learning, which, in turn lies at the heart of much of modern life–from online shopping to intelligence gathering. But most of us know little about these powerful tools and how they work. Is this wise?

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  • 4-May-2016

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    In with the in-crowd

    Over the last few years there has been increased interest among start-ups in using Internet-based platforms to crowdsource a wide variety of resources, including funding, labour, design and ideas. Does this approach work?

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  • 25-April-2016

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    Code is the poetry of a better world

    Code is the next universal language. In the 1970s punk rock drove a whole generation. In the 1980s it was probably money. For my generation, the interface to our imagination and to our world is software. This is why we need to get a more diverse set of people to see computers not as boring, mechanical and lonely things, but as something they can poke, tinker with and turn around.

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  • 4-April-2016

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    The digital disruption of productivity

    The UK’s tallest mountain is Ben Nevis in Scotland. Recently, it became one metre taller, standing now at 1 345m rather than 1 344m above sea level. Of course, the mountain did not actually grow. Rather, the team of Ordnance Survey experts who re-measured it for the first time since 1949 were able to do so more accurately because of improvements in technology, and specifically through the use of GPS.

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  • 30-March-2016

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    Consumer protection laws need updating to improve trust in e-commerce

    Countries should modernise their consumer protection laws to address new risks posed by online commerce, including “free” apps and peer-to-peer Internet transactions, according to new OECD guidelines for member countries and emerging economies.

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  • 1-March-2016

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    Key ICT Indicators

    These 15 statistical indicators summarise the current state of the ICT sector by providing data on numbers of access lines, mobile and broadband subscribers, households access to Internet

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  • 19-February-2016

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    OECD broadband statistics update

    Mobile broadband penetration in the OECD area has risen to 90.3%, meaning more than nine high-speed wireless Internet subscriptions for every 10 inhabitants, according to data for December 2015 released by the OECD today. The penetration rate was 81.6% in December 2014.

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  • 7-December-2015

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    The Changing Face of Strategic Crisis Management

    Strategically managing crises is an essential responsibility of governments. Often critical  decisions need to be made swiftly under difficult and complex conditions, as crises’ impacts may spread beyond national borders and can trigger significant economic, social and environmental  knock-on effects.  Governments have a significant role to play in strengthening the resilience of their populations, communities and critical infrastructure networks. This report highlights the changing landscape of crises that governments are confronted with today. It discusses new approaches to deal with both traditional and new kinds of crises, and invites reflection on how best governments can adapt to change. Topics covered include capacity for early warning and “sense-making”, crisis communication and the role of social media, as well as strategic crisis management exercises. Finally, the review proposes practical policy guidance for strategic crisis management.

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