Digital technologies and data are transformational. People, firms and governments live, interact, produce and work differently than in the past, and these changes are accelerating rapidly. An ecosystem of interdependent digital technologies underpins digital transformation; its constant evolution continues to drive economic and societal changes. This digital technology ecosystem both relies on and produces vast amounts of data, which have become an important source of economic and social value.
The OECD Going Digital project aims to help policy makers better understand the digital transformation that is taking place and develop appropriate policies to help shape a positive digital future. It was launched in a multi-stakeholder process in January 2017. The March 2019 Going Digital Summit marked the end of Phase I (2017-2018) with the release of Going Digital: Shaping Policies, Improving Lives and Measuring the Digital Transformation: A Roadmap for the Future.
Phase II (2019-2020) addressed new opportunities and challenges through analysis of frontier technologies, notably artificial intelligence and blockchain, with an ongoing focus on jobs, skills and social inclusion, and on productivity, competition and market structures.
The project benefits from the expertise of almost every policy and measurement community at the OECD, the International Transport Forum and the International Energy Agency. Targeted policy advice in particular areas – labour markets, trade, finance, tax, consumer policy, SMEs, agriculture, health, public governance, competition, the environment – is complemented by analysis that brings together all of these distinct policy areas into a coherent whole. The Going Digital Integrated Policy Framework and the OECD Going Digital Toolkit are key products that frame all of the OECD’s work on digital transformation.