Digital economy

Global Information Infrastructure - Global Information Society (GII-GIS)



The development of an information society is expected to stimulate economic growth and productivity, create new economic activities as well as jobs. Global co-operation will be necessary, given the increased globalisation of economies and the fact that new communication technologies are not restricted by borders. The objective of this report is to develop policies that fully exploit the contributions of advances in technology in the context of Global Information Infrastructures -- Global Information Society (GII-GIS).

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The sea change taking place in information and communication markets and the development of interactive applications is fundamentally based on three factors: convergence, globalisation and universal network access. The changes are taking place rapidly. The shape of the Information Economy of the 21st century, and the Information Society which accompanies it, relies upon review and, where necessary revision, of policies and policy frameworks today. The implications will be significant, not only for the stimulation of economic growth and job creation, but also the potential for social benefits and public services.

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Related document: OECD Declaration on Transborder Data Flows
(Adopted by the Governments of OECD Member countries on 11th April 1985)