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The number of people logged on simultaneously to popular file sharing networks approached close to 10 million in April 2004, a rise of 30% from the same period a year earlier, according to this OECD report.
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Digital technologies and the diffusion of new transmission technologies have increased the number of platforms capable of providing video transmission, and have also altered the traditional characteristics of broadcasting.
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This report on anti-spam legislation in OECD non-member countries was originally prepared for the Brussels OECD Workshop on Spam and was updated following the workshop to include more non-member country information in April 2004.
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Finland is well into the diffusion stage of the S-curve of ICT use in business. Levels of basic ICT "readiness" in business are well above the OECD average and ICT investment both in equipment and ICT skills remains high.
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As the development of broadband access builds momentum, policy makers are increasingly turning their attention to the availability of these services in rural and remote areas.
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Korea is facing the challenges of moving from high levels of new ICT infrastructure availability to ensuring effective use and reaping the economic benefits from ICT diffusion to business.
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Switzerland is well-advanced along the diffusion curve of ICT use in business. Levels of basic “readiness” (see IT Outlook 2002, 2004) are high, and it is well equipped with the necessary hardware, both information technology and communications technology. However diffusion is uneven and ICT impacts on business may be lower than expected based on the average levels of equipment and diffusion. Switzerland tends to be a follower in
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The business services examined in this study include software and information services, R&D and technical services, advertising and marketing, business consulting, recruitment and human resource development services.
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The objective of the workshop was to explore the growing problem of spam, with a particular focus on its international dimension.
How precisely does ICT affect economic growth and the efficiency of firms? How well can these impacts be measured? And under which conditions do the impacts of ICT emerge?