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This report aims at analysing key parts of the Internet economy and how they contribute to an inclusive development in emerging and developing countries. It looks at increasing access to the Internet economy; promoting use of health, education and mobile banking applications; developing skills for the Internet economy; and the role of innovation and new business models such as cloud computing for developing and emerging countries.
Technological improvements that facilitate commerce can reduce transaction costs, provide more information to participants, boost access to a wider array of products, lead to efficiency gains and result in welfare improvements for the entire economy. This paper presents the current state of development of e-commerce and aims to inform policy makers about emerging market solutions to long-standing barriers.
Given the growing importance of the Internet as a policy tool, the question about the value of the Internet economy becomes particularly relevant. There is a high level of interest, therefore, in being able to measure the size of the Internet economy as a way to understand the effects of various investment strategies, regulatory rulings and policy decisions.
The Communications Outlook provides an extensive range of indicators and examines the issues surrounding broadcasting markets, Internet infrastructure, communications expenditure, use by households and business, and trends in telecommunications services.
This paper provides a synthesis of the review of the recommendations set out in the Seoul Declaration of 2008, and their implementation at the national and international levels. It focuses on high-speed infrastructure, digital content and green ICTs, smarter applications, cybersecurity and privacy, protecting consumers, an open Internet economy, and global participation for development.
This paper examines the relationship between the prices for mobile communication services and handsets, focusing on smartphones. The objective is to better understand different business models and how they may affect price comparisons. The report also provides pricing information from selected operators in 12 OECD countries for 2012.
This report explores the potential role of data and data analytics for the creation of significant competitive advantage and the formation of knowledge-based capital. Five sectors are discussed as areas in which the use of data can stimulate innovation and productivity growth: online advertisement, health care, utilities, logistics and transport, and public administration.
This report explores principles that could form the basis for good practices in the establishment of international mobile roaming (IMR) agreements between two or more countries. Given the cross-country nature of IMR services and, especially, the fact that wholesale prices are determined by foreign operators outside the jurisdiction of domestic regulators, international co-operation is vital to address the challenges in roaming markets.
The Committee on Consumer Policy is conducting a series of multi-stakeholder workshops to see how policies in key markets could be strengthened, using the framework and approaches developed in the OECD Consumer Policy Toolkit. Communication services were the topic of the first workshop, held in October 2011. This paper provides a summary of the proceedings, which focused on marketing practices, contract terms, and billing issues.
This report takes an initial look at methodologies to measure and estimate the monetary value of personal data, which is creating economic and social value at an increasing pace. But measuring and estimating its value is difficult. This is because not only a huge amount of personal data is being generated, but also as it is used in many different situations and for numerous purposes.