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In early 1999, the OECD launched an internationally comparable study of the diffusion and economic and competitive impacts of business-to-business electronic commerce over the Internet.
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The term "digital divide" refers to the gap between individuals, households, businesses and geographic areas at different socio-economic levels with regard to their opportunities to access information and communication technologies (ICTs).
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The new global information infrastructure will prove effective only if it can guarantee high-speed transmission throughout the network of all kinds of data -- text, images, sound or video -- in a secure manner while preserving its integrity.
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This report analyzes in detail the results of the world's first economy-wide survey conducted by a national statistical agency that measured the magnitude of electronic commerce, or Internet-based commercial transactions.
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The liberalisation of telecommunication markets has required a new set of regulatory principles that can ensure fair competition in the marketplace.
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Mobile communications is one of the tremendous success stories of the telecommunications industry. By June 1999 there were 293 million mobile subscribers in the OECD area, or around one mobile phone for every four inhabitants.
This paper deals with the contribution of information and communication technology (ICT) to economic growth and to labour and multi-factor productivity.
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World Bank: Telecommunications Reform and Electronic Commerce: Activities of the World Bank Group, OECD Forum on E-Commerce, October 1999
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APEC Electronic Commerce Activities, 1999 update
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This paper reports initial results from a Secretariat survey of recent unilateral liberalisation and facilitation measures relevant to the growth of Internet-based electronic commerce.