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  • 26-February-2019

    English

    How's Life in the Digital Age? - Opportunities and Risks of the Digital Transformation for People's Well-being

    This report documents how the ongoing digital transformation is affecting people’s lives across the 11 key dimensions that make up the How’s Life? Well-being Framework (Income and wealth, Jobs and earnings, Housing, Health status, Education and skills, Work-life balance, Civic engagement and governance, Social connections, Environmental quality, Personal security, and Subjective well-being). A summary of existing studies highlights 39 key impacts of the digital transformation on people’s well-being. The review shows that these impacts can be positive as digital technologies expand the boundaries of information availability and enhance human productivity, but can also imply risks for people’s well-being, ranging from cyber-bullying to the emergence of disinformation or cyber-hacking. In sum, making digitalisation work for people’s well-being would require building equal digital opportunities, widespread digital literacy and strong digital security. Continued research and efforts in improving statistical frameworks will be needed to expand our knowledge on the many topics covered in this report.
  • 22-February-2019

    English

    Determinants and impact of automation: An analysis of robot adoption in OECD countries

    A better understanding of what robots actually do and to what extent they are used across countries and sectors can help policy makers design policies aimed at smoothing the transition towards industry 4.0. This report sheds light on automation trends and their effect on employment.

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  • 19-February-2019

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    Productivity growth in the digital age - policy note

    Digital transformation represents an opportunity for improving productivity growth by enabling innovation and reducing the costs of a range of business processes. Yet despite the rapid advance of digital technologies, aggregate productivity growth has slowed over the past decade or so, raising the question of how digital technologies can boost productivity.

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  • 19-February-2019

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    Measuring indirect investments in ICT

    This paper investigates the hypothesis that the real contribution of ICT investment may be masked in official statistics because intermediate ICT expenditures embodied in non-ICT capital assets are not treated as ICT investment.

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  • 15-February-2019

    English

    Public consultation on draft OECD Recommendation on Digital Security of Critical Activities

    The OECD is consulting the public on a draft OECD Recommendation on Digital Security of Critical Activities that aims to replace the 2008 OECD Recommendation on the Protection of Critical Information Infrastructures. Comments are invited until 28 February 2019.

  • 15-February-2019

    English

    Using digital technologies to improve the design and enforcement of public policies

    The application of digital technologies holds the potential to reshape existing policies and enable innovative policy design and rigorous impact evaluation. From the first pioneering experiences of policy applications, it is possible to identify four areas in which digital transformation promises to improve policy making.

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  • 29-January-2019

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    International community makes important progress on the tax challenges of digitalisation

    The international community has made important progress toward addressing the tax challenges arising from digitalisation of the economy and has agreed to continue working multilaterally towards achievement of a new consensus-based long-term solution in 2020, the OECD announced today.

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  • 22-January-2019

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    Vectors of digital transformation

    The objective of this report is to support the review and design of policies to ensure that they are well‑suited to the digital era. It examines key properties – or “vectors” – of the digital transformation that fundamentally affect the economy and society and accordingly the design and efficacy of public policies.

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  • 14-January-2019

    English

    Online advertising: Trends, benefits and risks for consumers

    Online advertising is now the dominant form of advertising in many OECD countries, and raises some complex challenges for consumers and consumer protection authorities.

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  • 17-December-2018

    English

    Consumer Product Safety

    OECD work on consumer product safety is aimed at strengthening information sharing on safety issues across borders.

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