OECD Information Technology Outlook 2008
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OECD Information Technology Outlook 2008

Information technology (IT) and broadband are major drivers of research, innovation, economic growth and social change. The 2008 edition of the OECD Information Technology Outlook analyses recent developments in the IT goods and services industries, and suggests that the outlook is for continued long-term growth, constrained by the currently very uncertain macroeconomic environment in OECD countries but with somewhat higher growth possible elsewhere.  

This edition analyses the impact of high-speed broadband on the economy, and areas of future impacts. The dynamic growth of digital-content-based creative industries is outlined, covering user-created content; online computer and video games; film, video and music; and online advertising.  Recent trends in OECD ICT policies are analysed to assess whether they are rising to these new challenges. Highly prioritised policy areas include investing in ICT R&D and innovation, improving government online activities, spreading broadband, increasing the use of ICTs, raising ICT skills and employment, and supporting digital content development.

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Publication Date :
23 Dec 2008
DOI :
10.1787/it_outlook-2008-en
 
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Broadband and ICT Access and Use by Households and Individuals You do not have access to this content

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OECD
Pages :
193–245
DOI :
10.1787/it_outlook-2008-6-en

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Use of the Internet and broadband is spreading rapidly, and 1.5 billion people now have Interent access. Their socio-economic characteristics influence how they use the Internet, and there is evidence that new kinds of "digital use divides" based on these socio-economic differences are appearing as the original digital access divides narrow. These new divides will need policy attention if they are to be overcome. 
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