02 May 2011
The Protection of Children Online
As increasing numbers of children worldwide enjoy the benefits of the Internet, they also face a spectrum of risks to which they are more vulnerable than adults. This report examines these risks as well as the policy responses of governments and other stakeholders to improve the protection of...
27 Apr 2011
Report on the Implementation of the OECD Recommendation on Cross-border Co-operation in the Enforcement of Laws Protecting Privacy
In 2007, the OECD Council adopted a Recommendation setting forth a framework for co-operation in the enforcement of privacy laws. This report provides information on the progress in implementation measures, which is based in part on a survey of OECD member countries’ experiences.
31 Mar 2011
National Strategies and Policies for Digital Identity Management in OECD Countries
This paper analyses and compares national strategies for digital identity management in OECD countries. These strategies aim to drive innovation for e-government and for the broader Internet economy while remaining consistent with current national identity practices.
06 Apr 2011
The Evolving Privacy Landscape: 30 Years After the OECD Privacy Guidelines
Thirty years ago OECD governments adopted a set of Guidelines governing the Protection of Privacy
and Transborder Flows of Personal Data. Faced with twin concerns about threats to privacy from more
intensive use of personal data and the risk to the global economy of restrictions on the flow of...
21 Feb 2011
Bundling can provide both benefits and drawbacks to broadband customers. In general, bundled services are less expensive when purchased together and consumer surplus from one good in the bundle can help "subsidise" another less-valued element. Bundling also allows the integration of products in...
30 June 2010
The Information and Communication Technology Sector in India
apid growth in globally competitive Indian information technology services has helped to transform the Indian economy.
22 June 2010
Geographically Segmented Regulation for Telecommunications
Regulatory authorities in most OECD countries have traditionally adopted a national geographic area focus when framing the geographic scope of telecommunications markets. Arguments stemming from market analysis economics suggest that differential regulation be considered between geographic...
09 Apr 2010
Internet Addressing: Measuring Deployment of IPV6
One of the major challenges for the future of the Internet is its ability to scale to connect billions of people and devices. A key part of scalability is the Internet Protocol (IP). The Internet Protocol specifies how communications take place between one device and another through an...
08 Apr 2010
The Economic and Social Role of Internet Intermediaries
As the Internet has grown to permeate all aspects of the economy and society, so too has the role of Internet intermediaries that give access to, host, transmit and index content originated by third parties or provide Internet-based services to third parties. They enable a host of activities...
23 Mar 2010
Developments in Cable Broadband Networks
The position of cable operators within the pay TV market has changed drastically in recent years.
Although video service remains core to the cable industry’s business model, cable TV’s market share has
been dropping significantly with intense competition from direct broadcast satellite services...
18 Mar 2010
Wireless Broadband Indicator Methodology
The wireless broadband methodology is the result of several rounds of contributions from, and indepth
discussions among, member countries. The new indicator will assist in informing policy makers and
other stakeholders in this increasingly important market segment. The OECD began collecting...
29 Mar 2010
International Mobile Roaming Services
The first report on international mobile roaming services ("International Mobile Roaming Charging in
the OECD Area", DSTI/ICCP/CISP(2009)8/FINAL), provided information on market development and
pricing of International Mobile Roaming Services (IMRS) in the OECD area. It found prices to...
01 Dec 2009
Smart Sensor Networks
This report gives an overview of sensor technology and fields of application of sensors and sensor networks. It discusses in detail selected fields of application that have high potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reviews studies quantifying the environmental impact.
The review of...
21 Dec 2009
International Mobile Roaming Charging in the OECD Area
The aim of this report is to provide information and analysis on market developments and pricing in
international mobile roaming service (IMRS). While the wireless industry has witnessed spectacular developments in recent years, and is considered competitive in domestic markets, there is a...
10 Dec 2009
Indicators of Broadband Coverage
The aim of this report is to assist policy makers in providing an overview of how broadband physical
coverage and availability can be measured. It first summarises what data are available from official and
non-official sources. The approach taken by the report is to consider coverage and...
09 Dec 2009
Network Developments in Support of Innovation and User Needs
This report makes a case for investment in a competitive, open-access national fibre-to-the-home network rollout based on potential spillovers in four key sectors of the economy: electricity, health, transportation and education.
This research offers a new approach to evaluating the costs of...
17 Aug 2009
The Impact of the Crisis on ICTs and their Role in the Recovery
The ICT industry had a tough start to 2009, with almost all first quarter indicators declining, often
very sharply. There are signs of recovery, with the rate of decline bottoming out and turning up in the most
recent cyclical data (May/June 2009), with positive month-on-month growth for most...
30 July 2009
Measuring the Relationship between ICT and the Environment
While the links between ICT and environmental outcomes are becoming clearer, there is no separate
statistical field that links the two. Nevertheless, some data are available from official statistical sources,
from analytical work and from product life cycle studies.
This paper suggests a...
30 June 2009
Although, the number of OECD countries that publish data on the number of mobile broadband
subscribers is not large, growth is significant in markets where data are available. This paper provides an
overview of prices, speeds and data caps of mobile broadband services. 99 and 58 operators in...
11 June 2009
The Role of Digital Identity Management in the Internet Economy
This primer aims to provide policy makers a broad-brush understanding of the various dimensions of digital identity management (IdM). Consistent with the Seoul Ministerial Declaration, it also aims to support efforts to address public policy issues for securely managing and protecting digital...
01 June 2009
Policy Responses to the Economic Crisis
The OECD is developing a strategic response to the crisis focusing on two priority areas: finance,
competition and governance; and restoring long-term growth. As part of this strategic response, the
OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (DSTI) has analysed the likely impact of...
10 June 2009
Information Economy Product Definitions Based on the Central Product Classification (version 2)
Product classifications are used by statistical offices and others for a number of measurement
purposes. These include measurement of product usage, current and capital expenditure on products,
domestic production, and trade in goods and services. They are therefore an important element of a...
04 June 2009
Broadband over Power Lines (BPL)
The focus of this paper is to provide an overview of developments in broadband power line
technologies and related policy issues. The electric power grid is a hostile environment for high-speed data
transmission, but after years of development, the technology to deliver high-speed data over the...
02 June 2009
ENUM: Converging Telephone Numbers and Addresses in Next Generation Networks
The OECD Document "Convergence and Next Generation Networks" analysed developments in
Next Generation Networks (NGN), and the convergence of core and access networks. The aim of that
paper was to review areas where policy changes may be required and to put forward recommendations...
22 May 2009
Towards Green ICT Strategies
This survey analyses 92 government programmes and business initiatives across 22 OECD countries plus the European Commission. Fifty of these have been introduced by governments and the remaining 42 have been developed by business associations, mostly international. Over two-thirds of these...
19 May 2009
The Role of Communication Infrastructure Investment in Economic Recovery
Broadband networks are increasingly recognised as fundamental for economic and social
development. They serve as a communication and transaction platform for the entire economy and can
improve productivity across all sectors. Advanced communication networks are a key component of
15 Apr 2009
Network Externality Premiums and International Telecommunication Traffic Exchange
The aim of this paper is to examine the economic impact of proposals to add a non-cost "premium" to
international telecommunication charges. This work follows up on earlier OECD work which examined
international traffic exchange. The paper concludes that attempts to use non-market methods, and...
12 Jan 2009
The Influence of Market Developments and Policies on Telecommunication Investment
This paper assembles some evidence on developments in investment by incumbent and alternative telecommunications operators during the period 2000-2005. The quality of data on investment is not in general sufficient to clearly differentiate between investment by new entrants and investment by...
18 June 2008
RFID Guidance and Reports
This report contains policy and practical guidance principles to enhance business and consumer benefits from the use of RFID while proactively taking into account information security and privacy issues.
18 June 2008
OECD Policy Guidance for Addressing Emerging Consumer Protection and Empowerment Issues in Mobile Commerce
The policy guidance lays out the policy responses that need to be in place to ensure that consumers engaging in mobile commerce transactions are adequately informed, and are protected against security or privacy risks.
18 June 2008
Shaping Policies for the Future of the Internet Economy
This report has been developed to support the objectives of the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy (Seoul, 17-18 June 2008).
18 June 2008
The Seoul Declaration for the Future of the Internet Economy
This declaration was adopted at the conclusion of the June 2008 Ministerial meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy, held in Seoul. It contains recommendations on how to further the development of the "Internet economy" through multi-stakeholder co-operation.
18 June 2008
Broadband and the Economy
Broadband and networked ICTs are important in meeting health, demographic and environmental challenges, and policy plays an important role in expanding their use and enhancing their impact.
18 June 2008
Internet Address Space
This new report focuses on possible scenarios and on the need to deploy the newer version of the Internet Protocol, IP version 6 (IPv6).
18 Apr 2008
RFID Applications, Impacts and Country Initiatives
Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a promising new technology with a rapidly growing range of applications, many integrating technologies such as sensors. In this report, eight major fields of application are analysed, impacts are discussed and country initiatives described.
15 July 2008
Public Rights of Way for Fibre Deployment to the Home
This paper examines the policies to obtain public rights-of-way permits in a number of OECD countries and access to ducts, which may act to slow down the pace of fibre roll-out in local access market, and suggests the policy options available.
03 Apr 2008
Developments in Fibre Technologies and Investment
This paper provides an overview of developments in optical fibre communication technology and investment. It finds that the costs of deploying these networks are significant and that the monthly prices subscribers will pay will be highly dependent on take-up rates.
04 Feb 2008
Global Opportunities for Internet Access Developments
The Internet has been remarkably successful in developing greater communication access for the first billion users. This report seeks to address the question of where new Internet users will come from and to examine the large shifts in communications policy.
29 Jan 2008
Measuring Security and Trust in the Online Environment
This paper reviews available official statistics on trust and security in the online environment. It discusses whether security concerns are an obstacle to Internet use and examines how people and companies protect their equipment and networks.
30 Jan 2008
Measuring User-Created Content: Implications for the ICT Access and Use by Households and Individuals Surveys
This paper reviews recent measurement work on User-Created Content (UCC) undertaken in OECD countries.
14 Jan 2008
Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID)
The deployment of RFID brings significant economic promise. But is RFID sufficiently secure and privacy-friendly ? This paper clarifies the capabilities and limitations of RFID, identifies the associated security and privacy challenges, and suggests measures that can be implemented to address them.
19 Dec 2007
IPTV: Market Developments and Regulatory Treatment
This paper examines current market trends and regulation for IPTV and also provides information on developments in the provision of IPTV service in a number of OECD countries.
04 Jan 2008
Measuring the Impacts of ICT Using Official Statistics
Policy makers everywhere want to know about the social and economic impacts of ICT. The aim of this paper is to examine statistical issues associated with their measurement and to suggest areas for future work.
21 Dec 2007
Broadband and ICT Access and Use by Households and Individuals
This study analyses the use of Internet and broadband in detail, showing that people’s socio-economic standing have a direct bearing on how they are used.
27 Oct 2007
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Implementation in Germany
RFID technology is increasingly used in a wide range of tracking and tracing applications. This study compares the implementation of RFID across a broad range of sectors, drawing on interviews with early adopters of RFID technology in Germany.
25 July 2007
Catching up in Broadband - What Will it Take?
Can governments elevate their broadband performance rankings? This paper aims to identify the factors that are significant in driving broadband penetration.
26 July 2007
Report on Second Roundtable on Economics for Consumer Policy
Report on the 2nd Roundtable on Economics for Consumer Policy, held in October 2006, to consider the economic theories of information disclosure with a focus on two major industry sectors – telecommunications and financial services.
06 July 2007
Report on OECD Member Countries' Approaches to Consumer Contracts
This report covers the four issues most often raised by consumer contracts: misrepresentation; the seller's duty to supply information to the consumer; suitability, or "know your customer" rules; and protection against unsolicited offers and pressure sales tactics.
08 Feb 2007
Development of Policies for Protection of Critical Information Infrastructures
The 2006 OECD study offers an analysis of the CII security policies in four countries: Canada, Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States - with a focus on the drivers for and challenges to their development.
29 Mar 2007
ICTs and Gender
This paper shows ICT and ICT-related employment, ICT-related education and training, and ICT access and use by gender.