16 January 2017
The end of the year is approaching fast and the staff of the OECD's Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation would like to take this opportunity to wish our readers "Happy Holidays"! We hope you enjoy our November news, and we will be back in January to update you on our efforts to help countries harness the opportunities of STI for economic growth and well-being.
STI releases new work on Space and Innovation
In our interconnected world, science and technology activities are major drivers of productivity, economic growth and innovation, and the space sector is one vector of this dynamic. Many essential activities that shape our daily lives, like weather forecasting, global communications or broadcasting, would be almost unthinkable today without satellite technology. The new STI report Space and Innovation was released on October 27th during an international symposium, introduced by OECD Deputy Secretary General Doug Frantz, and assembling some 150 participants, including heads of space agencies, CEOs, and directors from public and private organisations from 26 countries. The new report produced by the OECD Space Forum highlights not only dynamics that are beginning to transform the space sector, but also how space innovation is diffusing in different parts of the economy.
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STI issues – globally relevant
G20 STI Ministerial
On 3-4 November, the OECD attended the G20 Business Forum on Innovation and G20 STI Ministers Meeting at Yanqi Lake, Beijing, and presented the G20 Innovation Report 2016. This report drew highlights for the G20 from the OECD's flagship STI publications, including the STI Scoreboard and forthcoming STI Outlook.    
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Broadband Toolkit for Latin America
The Spanish version of the OECD-IDB report on Broadband Policies for Latin America and the Caribbean: A Digital Economy Toolkit was launched in Buenos Aires on 8 November, on the occasion of the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Internet and Development Dialogue hosted by the IDB and Argentinian government.
Innovation Policy in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur was the venue for the launch of the OECD Review of Innovation Policy: Malaysia on 11 November. Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa said the review will serve as a referral document for the National Science to Action Agenda (S2A), launched in 2013, particularly in addressing the gaps in the country's STI sector.
Coming up! 
Boosting Productivity in Latin America
As a finale to Chile's Year of Productivity, a Ministerial Productivity Summit and conference are to be held in Santiago on 5-6 December. The OECD is collaborating with the IDB to support the event and to produce a publication on Boosting Productivity in Latin America - drawing together the latest research, including from the OECD's Global Productivity Forum, on structural policies to lift productivity.
Casting an eye to the future
The 2016 edition of the OECD Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook, a biennial flagship publication, will be launched in Brussels on 8 December. The report takes a look at global megatrends and technology trends, and speculates about the forces shaping public research systems over the next 10-15 years. It also reviews key recent trends in STI and policies in a series of thematic and country profiles.
Recent publications 
Research Ethics and New Forms of Data for Social and Economic Research
One of the most pressing emerging challenges for social scientists is the use of new forms of data in their research. The issue is not just legality, but of "doing the right thing" in terms of privacy, consent, anonymity, data sharing, etc. This report from the Global Science Forum provides high-level recommendations to underpin a system of ethical governance of research.
Online Product Safety: Trends and Challenges
Buying items via e-commerce can be convenient and can offer consumers different options to what they might find on the shelves of their local stores. But sometimes unpleasant surprises can arise - from buying a good that has actually been banned in its local jurisdiction, to purchasing items with inadequate safety warnings. This paper explores the scope and magnitude of online product safety issues and looks at government initiatives that aim to protect consumers.
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