Working Papers


  • 12-January-2015

    English

    The Proliferation of "Big Data" and Implications for Official Statistics and Statistical Agencies: A Preliminary Analysis

    This working paper describes the potential of the proliferation of new sources of large volumes of data, sometimes also referred to as "big data", for informing policy making in several areas. It also outlines the challenges that the proliferation of data raises for the production of official statistics and for statistical policies.

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  • 22-December-2014

    English

    Social Media Use by Governments

    This working paper takes a comparative snapshot of social media use in and by OECD governments. The focus is on government institutions, as opposed to personalities, and how they manage to capture the opportunities of new social media platforms to deliver better public services and to create more open policy processes.

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  • 18-November-2014

    English

    The internet economy – regulatory challenges and practices

    Designing policies that protect society while allowing for Internet’s great economic potential to be fulfilled, is a difficult task. This paper investigates this challenge and takes stock of existing regulations in OECD and selected non-OECD countries in specific areas related to the digital economy.

  • 6-November-2014

    English

    OECD Digital Economy Papers

    This series examines a wide range of activities aimed at improving our understanding of how information and communication technologies contribute to sustainable economic growth and social well-being as well as their role in the shift toward knowledge-based societies.

  • 21-February-2013

    English

    The Relationship between Local Content, Internet Development and Access Prices

    Better connectivity is significantly related to higher levels of local digital content creation, and countries with more Internet infrastructure are also those which produce more local digital content. Countries with more international connectivity have lower domestic broadband prices, and countries with better domestic infrastructure have lower international bandwidth prices.

  • 22-October-2012

    English

    Internet Traffic Exchange: Market Developments and Policy Challenges (OECD Digital Economy Paper 207)

    This report finds that the Internet has developed an efficient market for connectivity based on voluntary contractual agreements. Operating in a highly competitive environment, largely without regulation or central organisation, the Internet model of traffic exchange has produced low prices, promoted efficiency and innovation, and attracted the investment necessary to keep pace with demand.

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  • 10-October-2012

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    Fixed and Mobile Networks: Substitution, Complementarity and Convergence (OECD Digital Economy Paper 206)

    Mobile providers have garnered a very large share of traditional services, such as telephony, over the past decade. Nevertheless, mobile networks are dependent on fixed networks and could not efficiently meet the rapidly expanding demand of users without the contributions made by fixed broadband networks.

  • 16-May-2012

    English

    Proactive Policy Measures by Internet Service Providers against Botnets (OECD Digital Economy Paper 199)

    This report analyses initiatives in a number of countries through which end-users are notified by ISPs when their computer is identified as being compromised by malicious software and encouraged to take action to mitigate the problem.

  • 4-May-2012

    English

    ICT Skills and Employment: New Competences and Jobs for a Greener and Smarter Economy (OECD Digital Economy Paper 198)

    The emerging "green" economy is a "smarter" economy that has increased demand for ICT-skilled jobs not only in the ICT sector, but more rapidly across the wider non-ICT economy.

  • 23-April-2012

    English

    Measuring the Broadband Bonus in Thirty OECD Countries (OECD Digital Economy Paper 197)

    This working paper provides estimates of the economic value created by broadband Internet using measures of new gross domestic product and consumer surplus.

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