The world has seen more than one industrial revolution and another one is already upon us. We should face it as optimists.
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?
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?
Significant progress has been made in reducing international mobile roaming prices since 2012, either by ensuring effective competition or applying regulation. The report provides an overview of implementation of a 2012 OECD Recommendation on International Mobile Roaming to determine whether any further action is necessary, based on responses to a questionnaire of OECD member and partner country experiences.
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The OECD’s Open Government project seeks to support countries in the design and implementation of open government reforms in collaboration with their citizens and civil society organisations.
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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This meeting addressed the use of open data for the development of territorial indicators and its potential to capture new aspects of public sector performance.
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.
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.
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