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.
29 Mar 2007
Is China the New Centre for Offshoring of IT and ICT-Enabled Services?
This paper analyses developments in IT and ICT-enabled services offshoring to China and the potential for further growth.
23 Mar 2007
This paper provides an overview of the evolution towards fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) and of some related regulatory and policy issues such as numbering and interconnection.
15 Jan 2007
Mobile Multiple Play
This paper provides an overview of the evolution in mobile multiple play services (voice, data and video).
22 Jan 2007
The Spectrum Dividend
After analogue TV signals are switched off with the shift to digital transmission (analogue switchoff), a significant amount of spectrum bandwidth is expected to be freed-up, potentially making it available for other applications rather than replicating the similar quality analogue TV...
16 Jan 2007
Mobile commerce is a promising market both for consumers and businesses. However, consumer troubles and complaints are increasing and can sometimes become serious, including issues for minors.
12 Jan 2007
Policy Considerations for Audio-visual Content Distribution in a Multiplatform Environment
Convergence is at present a key factor in developments underlying the electronic communications sector.1 The public can see, speak and listen using various media operating over all kinds of networks.
19 Oct 2006
Potential Impacts of International Sourcing on Different Occupation
This paper uses trade and employment data to examine the relationship between the share of
employment potentially affected by offshoring and economic and structural factors, including trade in
business services and foreign direct investment, using simple descriptive regressions for a panel of...
18 June 2006
Report on the Cross-Border Enforcement of Privacy Law
This report describes the current attempts to address cross-border enforcement challenges in the area of privacy. It highlights the need for a more global and systematic approach to cross-border privacy law enforcement co-operation.
24 July 2006
Making Privacy Notices Simple
This report recommends that privacy notices be short, simple and usable to make it easier for individuals to assimilate the information they contain and to compare the privacy practices of the organisations processing their personal data.
19 May 2006
Digital Broadband Content
The development of digital content raises new issues as rapid technological developments challenge existing business models and government policies.
22 May 2006
Future Digital Economy
This report summarises the OECD conference jointly organised with the Italian government which improved the understanding of the implications of the changing distribution of digital content and the Internet.
18 Apr 2006
Online Payment Systems for E-commerce
This report analyses development and use of online payment systems, covering credit cards, debit cards, online banking, mediating services, mobile telephone payments and electronic money, and industry characteristics and network effects. It analyses drivers and impediments and policy issues.
20 Apr 2006
Report on a Roundtable on Demand-side Economics for Consumer Policy
This report summarises the discussions held at a roundtable hosted by the OECD Committee on Consumer Policy (CCP) in October 2005.
18 Apr 2006
Report on Disclosure Issues Related to the Use of Copy Control and Digital Rights Management Technologies
This report analyses the disclosure issues raised by technically-imposed restrictions on the use of digital content.
19 Apr 2006
Report of the OECD Task Force on Spam
The OECD has launched an Anti-Spam Toolkit to help governments and industry work together to combat spam. The Anti-Spam Toolkit, its annexes and background papers are available at www.oecd-antispam.org
18 Apr 2006
Rethinking Universal Service for a Next Generation Network Environment
In many OECD countries, a primary longer term issue is how to provide universal service in the new competitive environment where voice is ubiquitous and cheap, voice revenues low and where voice has become just one of many applications provided on networks.
30 Mar 2006
Digital Broadband Content
Public Sector Information (PSI) is the raw material for applications across a wide range of industries. This study gives an overview of the main areas of PSI and their commercial applications, and addresses issues related to improving access to public sector content.
12 Apr 2006
The Secondary Market for Domain Names
The paper provides an overview of recent developments in Internet domain name markets, and more specifically, in the market for secondary domain names that is largely driven by Internet advertising on search engines.
27 Feb 2006
Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID)
RFID touches on several regulatory and/or policy issues with potentially wide-ranging social, economic, as well as national security implications, including international trade, intellectual property rights, standards, spectrum, security, and privacy.
20 Mar 2006
Policy Considerations of VoIP
VoIP applications have the potential to reduce prices for voice communications and enhance competition in voice markets by lowering entry barriers to these markets.
02 Mar 2006
The Implications of WiMAX for Competition and Regulation
The new WiMAX equipment could play a key role in helping bridge the digital divide as long-distance wireless links could help deliver higher-speed access to areas traditionally out of reach of fixed-line networks.
23 Feb 2006
The Share of Employment Potentially Affected by Offshoring
This report examines the statistical relationship between the share of employment potentially affected by ICT-enabled offshoring of services and other economic and structural developments, using some simple descriptive regressions on a panel of OECD economies between 1996 and 2003.
13 Feb 2006
The Policy Implications of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
VoIP traffic is growing rapidly in conjunction with the growth in broadband connections, in particular digital subscriber lines (DSL) and cable modems. According to a recent survey, VoIP is growing at twice the rate of traditional switched voice.
11 Jan 2006
Telecommunication Regulatory Institutional Structures and Responsibilities
The jurisdiction of regulators has changed in many countries as responsibilities, formerly with ministries, was transferred to regulators.
10 Jan 2006
VoIP: Developments in the Market
The development of broadband Internet access, has triggered a shift in voice traffic from traditional public switched telephone networks (PSTN) to alternative Internet Protocol (IP) networks.
20 Dec 2005
Examining Consumer Policy
This report on consumer information campaigns concerning scams, makes recommendations for five areas in which practice can be improved to ensure that scams are more effectively understood and that campaigning against them is more integrated.
16 Feb 2005
The Promotion of a Culture of Security for Information Systems and Networks in OECD Countries
This report is a major information resource on governments’ effective efforts to date to foster a shift in culture as called for in the OECD Guidelines for the Security of Information Systems and Networks: Towards a Culture of Security.
30 June 2004
This report is intended to provide an understanding of the benefits and limitations of biometric-based technologies. It also includes information on existing privacy and security methodologies for assessing biometrics.
13 Dec 2005
OECD Report on Digital Music
Unauthorised sharing of copyrighted works and new commercial digital delivery possibilities have thus far been a disruptive technology for the music industry. Still, the outlook for the music market in 2005 is positive due to rapidly increasing sales of (mobile) digital music services.
26 May 2005
Spam Issues in Developing Countries
After an overview of general issues relating to spam, this report suggests possible technical and legislative solutions adapted to developing countries, focusing on the fundamental role of Internet Service Providers.
12 May 2005
Online Computer and Video Games
The computer and video game industry study analyses changing value chains and business models, prospects and challenges for off-line consoles and PCs and online and wireless games.
03 May 2005
Digital Broadband Content
Mobile content is increasingly available over mobile platforms and mobile networks. Most common applications are music and games. This study analyses development of mobile digital content value chains and business models, drivers of mobile content dissemination and identifies policy issues.
22 Apr 2005
New Perspectives on ICT Skills and Employment
This report provides an overview of ICT skills and employment across OECD economies and analyses some of the impacts on economic performance. It presents a new approach to capturing the diffusion of ICTs in the economy.
20 Apr 2005
Secondary Markets for Spectrum
Many countries are grappling with spectrum reform in a climate of rapid technological change, convergence and relentlessly growing spectrum demand.
20 Apr 2005
Growth in Services - Fostering Employment, Productivity and Innovation
The services sector now accounts for over 70% of total employment and value added in OECD economies. It also accounts for almost all employment growth in the OECD area. But despite its growing weight, productivity growth in services has been slow in many OECD countries and the share of the...
14 Apr 2005
Development of Voice over WiFi by Integrating Mobile Networks
Rapid technological changes are facilitating the convergence between WiFi (short for "Wireless Fidelity") and mobile networks, in particular with 3G networks and resulting in the development of Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) services.
19 Apr 2005
OECD Workshop on Consumer Dispute Resolution and Redress in the Global Marketplace
This report presents an overview of OECD member country frameworks for consumer dispute resolution
and redress. Part I focuses on the different mechanisms that have been put in place to respond to the varying
nature and characteristics of consumer disputes including: internal complaints...
05 Apr 2005
Potential Offshoring of ICT-intensive Using Occupations
Services are increasingly tradable, mainly as a result of rapid technological advances, in particular in information and communication technologies, and continuing liberalisation of trade in services. This has led to the relatively new phenomenon of global services sourcing or offshoring. This...
23 Feb 2005
Regulatory Reform as a Tool for Bridging the Digital Divide
The digital divide touches all regions and economies of the world and threatens to slow progress towards the goal of an all-inclusive information society. Policy makers are faced with the divide’s daunting complexity but have a range of policy tools that have proven effective in expanding...
18 Jan 2005
Next Generation Network Development in OECD Countries
Over the last several years, a number of the major network operators have put in place network upgrade plans to implement next generation networks (NGN).
04 May 2005
ICT, E-Business and SMEs
The main policy directions derived from the analysis are to foster appropriate business environments for e-business and ICT uptake, and target programmes to overcome market failures to the extent that they are needed in particular areas.
03 Jan 2005
ICT Skills and Employment
This report, part of the 2004 OECD IT Outlook, is the first in a series looking at the distribution of ICT skilled employment in the economy, various ways in which ICT skills needs can be satisfied, and the role of ICT-skilled employment in international services sourcing, or offshoring.
03 June 2004
ICT, E-Business and Small and Medium Enterprises
Information and communication technology (ICT) connectivity (PCs and Internet) is very widespread in businesses of all sizes. As is the case with all technologies, small businesses are slower than large ones to adopt new ICTs. Commercial considerations and potential returns are the principal...
14 Sep 2004
Development of Third-Generation Mobile Services in the OECD
This paper analyses the development of third-generation mobile services (3G) in OECD countries. A
brief description of the definition of 3G and its migration path is followed by an analysis of the benefits
and shortcomings of 3G services. The paper further examines regulatory issues raised by...
13 July 2004
Generic Top Level Domain Names
The Domain Name System’s need to have unique identifiers, and a consequent need for there to be a single registry for each name, means that any registry can exercise a degree of monopoly power over the domain for which it has responsibility.
12 July 2004
The Implications of Convergence for Regulation of Electronic Communications
Digital technologies and the diffusion of new transmission technologies have increased the number of platforms capable of providing video transmission, and have also altered the traditional characteristics of broadcasting.
12 July 2004
Peer to Peer Networks in OECD Countries
The number of people logged on simultaneously to popular file sharing networks approached close to 10 million in April 2004, a rise of 30% from the same period a year earlier, according to this new OECD report.
30 Apr 2004
Report on non-OECD Countries' Spam Legislation
This report on anti-spam legislation in OECD non-member countries was originally prepared for the Brussels OECD Workshop on Spam and was updated following the workshop to include more non-member country information in April 2004.
10 May 2004
The Development of Broadband Access in Rural and Remote Areas
As the development of broadband access builds momentum, policy makers are increasingly turning their attention to the availability of these services in rural and remote areas.