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OECDs’ digital economy report

The OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2017 reports that progress is uneven across countries, businesses and within societies. Broadening access to digital opportunities and helping those lagging behind to catch up would increase the benefits of the digital transformation and help ensure they are widely shared across economies and people, it says. Government policy has not kept pace with the digital innovation and transformation of economies and societies led by big technology firms. It calls on countries need to step up their efforts, invest more in education and skills and encourage greater use of advanced technologies like big data analysis and cloud computing, in particular by small businesses, to make the digital shift more productive and inclusive. While access to the internet is growing, mobile data usage – a key driver of the digital economy – is growing much faster in some countries than others, with Finland and Latvia in particular pulling far ahead of the pack. In terms of overall internet usage, 97% or more of the population used the Internet in 2016 in Denmark, Iceland, Japan, Luxembourg and Norway while 60% or less did so in Mexico and Turkey. Over 95% of 16-24 year-olds went online versus less than 63% of 55-74 year-olds. As well as revealing digital inequalities, the report recommends governments review labour laws, trade agreements and other legislation to take account of job displacement, the emergence of new forms of work and the evolving trade landscape. It calls on governments to also work together to tackle digital security and privacy risks amid increasing concerns about data breaches and security incidents that risk weighing on uptake of digital services. A chapter on policy and regulation discusses four main areas: access and connectivity, usage and skills, digital innovation, and digital risk and trust. For each of these areas, it provides an overview of policy trends, identifies the most common policy measures and instruments, and discusses good practices. Read more

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