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OECD Information and Communication Policy News - August 2009

 

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August 2009 issue

In this issue:
UPCOMING EVENTS:
Policy Coherence in the Application ICTs for Development, Paris 10-11 September 2009
2009 Conference on Empowering E-Consumers: Strengthening Consumer Protection in the Internet Economy, Washington, 8-10 December 2009
NEW PUBLICATIONS:
The Impact of the Crisis on ICTs and Their Role in the Recovery, July 2009
Guide to Measuring the Information Society, July 2009
Mobile Broadband: Pricing and services, July 2009
Broadband Over Power lines (BPL): Developments and Policy Issues, July 2009
ENUM: Converging Telephone Numbers and Addresses in Next Generation Networks, July 2009
The Role of Digital Identity Management in the Internet Economy: A Primer for Policy Makers, June 2009
OECD Broadband Portal, May 2009
The Role of Communication Infrastructure Investment in Economic Recovery, May 2009
Towards Green ICT Strategies, May 2009
The Role of Communication Infrastructure Investment in Economic Recovery, May 2009
Network Externality Premiums and International Telecommunication Traffic Exchange, April 2009
RECENT EVENTS:
OECD Discussion on the “Future of News – Online News Distribution”, Paris, 18 June 2009
OECD Experts Conference « Using Sensor-Based Networks to Address Global Issues: Policy Opportunities and Challenges”, Lisbon, Portugal, 8-9 June 2009
Joint OECD/Denmark High-Level Conference on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change, Helsingør, Denmark, 27-28 May 2009

UPCOMING EVENTS

Policy Coherence in ICTs for Development, Paris 10-11 September, 2009

ICTs are crucial to reducing poverty, improving access to health and education services, and creating new sources of income and employment for the poor. Being able to access and use ICTs is a major factor in driving competitiveness, economic growth and social development. In the last decade, ICTs, particularly mobile phones, have also helped the free flow of ideas and opinions, promoting democracy and human rights.

2009 Conference on Empowering E-Consumers: Strengthening Consumer Protection in the Internet Economy, Washington, 8-10 December 2009

In follow-up to the Seoul Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy, the OECD’s Committee on Consumer Policy has initiated a review of the 1999 OECD Guidelines for Consumer Protection in the Context of Electronic Commerce to examine their effectiveness in OECD and non-member economies, and explore the opportunities and challenges faced by consumers in today’s e-commerce. The Conference will bring together senior government officials from OECD and non-member economies with academics, representatives from the business, civil society and international organisations. The purpose will be to identify gaps in the guidelines and to examine areas where the Guidelines may need to be adapted or revised. Further information can be found at the following link: OECD Conference on Empowering E-Consumers


NEW PUBLICATIONS

The Impact of the Crisis on ICTs and Their Role in the Recovery, July 2009

This up-to-date analysis shows that the economic performance of the ICT supply side has been better than other crisis-stricken industries, that it has fared worst in some Asian countries notably Japan, and that there are signs of an upturn in the most recent data. It also looks at the broader role of ICTs in the economy and possible impacts on the recovery.

Guide to Measuring the Information Society, July 2009

The newly released Guide to the Information Society 2009 covers the definition of industries producing ICT goods and services (the "ICT sector"), a classification for ICT goods, the definitions of e-commerce and Internet transactions, and model questionnaires and methodologies for measuring ICT use and e-commerce by businesses and households/individuals.

Mobile Broadband: Pricing and Services, July 2009

Mobile broadband growth is significant in markets where data are available. Although data is not yet easily available, this paper provides an overview of prices, speeds and data caps of mobile broadband services.

Broadband Over Power lines (BPL): Developments and Policy Issues, July 2009

BPL technology seems to have a high potential to provide ubiquitous broadband access to households and businesses across a country. The fact that electricity is provided on a nationwide basis seemingly gives BPL an advantage.

ENUM: Converging Telephone Numbers and Addresses in Next Generation Networks, July 2009

This paper provides an overview of developments in numbering, naming and addressing in the context of Next Generation Networks (NGN) with a focus on ENUM (tElephone NUmber Mapping). ENUM comprises a diverse set of standards and non-standardised mechanisms for transforming public telephone numbers into unique domain names.

The Role of Digital Identity Management in the Internet Economy: A Primer for Policy Makers, June 2009

This primer aims to provide policy makers a broad-brush understanding of the various dimensions of digital identity management (IdM). Consistent with the Seoul Ministerial Declaration, it also aims to support efforts to address public policy issues for securely managing and protecting digital identities, with a view to strengthening confidence in the online activities crucial to the growth of the Internet Economy.

OECD Broadband Portal, May 2009

The OECD broadband portal provides access to a range of broadband-related statistics gathered by the OECD. Policy makers must examine a range of indicators which reflect the status of individual broadband markets in the OECD. The OECD has indentified five main categories which are important for assessing broadband markets.

The Role of Communication Infrastructure Investment in Economic Recovery, May 2009

Policy makers need to evaluate the costs and benefits of any public investment in telecommunication infrastructure and select projects which can stimulate current demand but simultaneously expand the productive capacity of the economy in the longer term.

Towards Green ICT Strategies, May 2009

Improving environmental performance, tackling global warming and enhancing resource management are on top of the list of global challenges that must be urgently addressed. This report analyses over 90 government programmes and business initiatives on ICT and the environment that address environmental challenges, particularly global warming and energy use.

The Role of Communication Infrastructure Investment in Economic Recovery, May 2009

Policy makers need to evaluate the costs and benefits of any public investment in telecommunication infrastructure and select projects which can stimulate current demand but simultaneously expand the productive capacity of the economy in the longer term.

Network Externality Premiums and International Telecommunication Traffic Exchange, April 2009

The aim of this paper is to examine the economic impact of proposals to add a non-cost “premium” to international telecommunication charges. This work follows up on earlier OECD work which examined international traffic exchange.


RECENT EVENTS

OECD Discussion Session on the Future of News, Paris 18 June 2009

As traditional newspapers are under ever greater pressure and as new forms of online news are emerging, the OECD Working Party on the Information Economy invited experts to discuss the future of news and the role of the Internet.

OECD Experts Conference « Using Sensor-Based Networks to Address Global Issues: Policy Opportunities and Challenges”, Lisbon, Portugal, 8-9 June 2009

This Conference aimed at helping policy makers understand sensor networks and their potential to help address global challenges such as health and ageing population, transportation and the protection of the environment. It addressed economic aspects as well as privacy, information security, infrastructure and interoperability issues. Presentations are available here: http://www.oecd.org/sti/ict/sensors

ICTs Can Make Major Contributions to the Fight Against Global Warming: OECD/Denmark High-level Conference “ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change” Helsingør, Denmark, 27-28 May 2009

How can ICTs help slow global warming, improve environmental performance and speed the economic recovery? High-level speakers from government, business, academia and civil society discussed strategies to harness the ICT sector’s potential in meeting these challenges at the OECD Conference in Helsingør, Denmark, 27-28 May 2009. Video webcasts, presentations and summaries are available at: http://www.oecd.org/sti/ict/green-ict.


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