The Internet has been remarkably successful in developing greater opportunities for communication access - and economic growth and social development - for the first billion users. The majority of the next several billion users will be mainly from developing countries and will connect to the Internet principally via wireless networks. But there are substantial discrepancies in access to ICTs between developed and developing countries and also within countries, depending on factors such as gender, rural coverage, skills and educational levels.
This book examines how the market for internet traffic exchange has evolved and explores the coherence of policies pursued by developed and developing countries. It notes the increasing innovation occurring in a number of developing countries with competitive markets and discusses how liberalisation has helped to expand of access networks and make ICT services increasingly affordable and available to the poor. The report also highlights the employment, micro-entrepreneurial and social development opportunities which have emerged as access levels have risen among low-income users. The study notes that gateway service monopolies - still in 70 countries - raise the prices for accessing international capacity and reduce the affordability of Internet access to business and end users.
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Number of government and business initiatives focussing on direct environmental effects (left) and enabling effects (right) of ICTs by life cycle phase and environmental impact category
This paper aims to provide policy makers a broad-brush understanding of the various dimensions of digital identity management (IdM).
This document presents the OECD Definitions of Information Economy Products: the ICT products definition and Content and media products definition.
In his remarks delivered at the International Economic Forum of the Americas, Mr. Gurría affirmed that innovation will be the key to foster economic growth and to tackle the major global and social challenges of our time: persistent poverty, unemployment, climate change, water management, and health care.
The conference aimed to help policy makers understand sensor networks and their potential to help address global challenges. It will explore the conditions for and consequences of innovation in this area including economic aspects, privacy and information security as well as infrastructure issues.
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The OECD is developing a strategic response to the crisis focusing on two priority areas: finance, competition and governance; and restoring long-term growth.
The focus of this paper is to provide an overview of developments in broadband power line technologies and related policy issues.
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OECD Conference "ICTs, Environment, Climate Change". Main session messages.
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Summary of OECD Conference "ICTs, the environment and climate change”, Helsingor, Denmark, 27-28 May 2009.