27 January 2017
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Editorial
2017 has kicked off in earnest for the science, technology and innovation team at the OECD, with contributions to a major OECD-G20 conference on Digital Transformation. The issue of how OECD economies and societies can adapt and harness digital opportunities for growth and well-being will be central to the OECD's work over the coming biennium. But this issue also puts the onus on countries to work together to fill data gaps and in doing so enable better benchmarking, evidence building, and policy development.

We are looking forward to tackling this challenge with you and wish you happy reading!
Highlights
OECD releases report on Key Issues for Digital Transformation in the G20

As the cost of data collection, storage and processing continues to decline dramatically and computing power increases, social and economic activities are increasingly migrating to the Internet. Technologies, smart applications and other innovations in the digital economy can improve services and help address policy challenges in a wide range of areas, including health, agriculture, public governance, tax, transport, education, and the environment, among others. 
The 12 January conference explored crucial issues such as setting the policy framework for the ICT sector, developing a shared approach to standards and digital infrastructures, and ensuring trust in the digital economy. It laid the path for the first ever G20 Digital Ministers meeting, to take place in Dusseldorf on 6-7 April. 

Read the OECD's report for the G20…
What's The Future?

In his keynote to the Joint G20 German Presidency-OECD Conference "Key Issues for Digital Transformation in the G20" on 12th January 2017 in Berlin, Tim O‘Reilly, founder and CEO of O‘Reilly Media Inc., provided a provocative overview of digitalisation, discussing both its impact and challenges.

Watch the keynote…
 

Making the Transformation Work for Growth and Well-being 

The 12 January conference saw the launch of the OECD's two-year multidisciplinary and cross-cutting "Going Digital" initiative, which will analyse the digital transformation that is taking place and the pro-active policy response needed to make the digital transformation work for growth and well-being.

Find out more about the Initiative …
You might have missed it!

Enabling the Next Production Revolution

On November 17-18, STI held a conference in Stockholm on the Next Production Revolution, together with Vinnova, the national innovation agency, and Sweden’s Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation. You can watch the videos of the sessions, covering issues ranging from what production might look like in 10 years, to the design of institutions to diffuse new technologies and support SMEs, the major role of industrial biotechnology, and the impacts of digitalisation and robotisation.

Read more about the conference…

Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook 2016

On December 8, the STI launched its biennial flagship publication that aims to inform policy makers and analysts about recent and future changes in global STI patterns and their potential implications for national and international STI policies.

Access the international benchmarking (50 countries)...

Download the Megatrends affecting science, technology and innovation...
Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook 2016: 10 key technology trends for the future

What technologies are expected to disrupt economies and societies over the next 10-15 years? How can emerging technologies contribute new or improved solutions to the multiple challenges facing the world, for example, around ageing, climate change, and natural resource depletion? And what roles can public policy play in shaping the pace and direction of technological change so that it addresses these sorts of challenges without causing undue harm to human well-being and the environment?

Download the 10 key technology trends for the future…
Blogosphere

Going Digital – Making the transformation work for growth and well-being

At a conference in China last year, the chief scientist of an American robotics firm predicted the world was approaching the “moment of singularity.” For the uninitiated, technological singularity is the hypothetical event in which artificial...

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The Best vs. the Rest: The Global Productivity Slowdown Hides an Increasing Performance Gap across Firms
Well-known global companies of the digital era, such as Google, Apple and Amazon, as well as more traditional ones of the likes of BMW, L’Oreal and Nestlé have recorded impressive productivity gains  over the 2000s as they created...

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Policy 4.0: Bringing the People on Board in a Digital World
Policy 4.0: Bringing the People on Board in a Digital World
The digital revolution is well under way and is far from reaching its peak. Our work and home lives rely increasingly on the Internet. Smartphones have become ubiquitous assistants, helping us with practically every issue…

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Papers and data
OECD Evaluation Framework for Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland

Policy evaluation is a crucial yet often-overlooked part of the policy development process. This report looks at the Modern Apprenticeships policy in Scotland and provides insights into long-term evaluation strategies, and the data and methods required. The report emphasises the crucial role of formulating an ex-ante evaluation strategy in enabling high-quality and cost-effective evaluation.

Download the policy paper…
Use of Behavioural Insights in Consumer Policy

It is one thing for policy makers to set rules - but another thing for those rules to work. Behavioural insights can help make consumer policies more effective, by taking into account the way consumers actually perceive and react to business practices and policy responses. This report examines how behavioural insights have been used by governments and other public policy organisations to develop and implement consumer policy initiatives, primarily through the use of experiments and surveys.

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TCdata360

On 9 January 2017, the World Bank Group launched TCdata360, a free, open, and easy–to-use online platform that collects, analyses and visualises trade and competitiveness data. TCdata360 aggregates data from a variety of vetted sources, including the OECD’s Innovation Indicators among others. It enables policymakers to access data at various levels and create data visualisations for comparison and analysis.

Access the portal…
 
 
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