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Going Digital: Shaping Policies, Improving Lives

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Digital technologies and data are transformational. People, firms and governments live, interact, work and produce differently than in the past, and these changes are accelerating rapidly. How can we realise the immense promises of digital technologies and data for growth and well-being in a fast evolving world? This report charts the road ahead. It identifies seven policy dimensions that allow governments – together with citizens, firms and stakeholders – to shape digital transformation to improve lives. It also highlights key opportunities, challenges and policies related to each dimension, offers new insights, evidence and analysis, and provides recommendations for better policies in the digital age.

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Enhancing access

Demands on networks are growing as more people, things and activities go online, but many countries are not ready to meet this demand. This chapter discusses the fundamental role of high-quality communications infrastructures and services, as well as the importance of enhancing access to data, in underpinning digital transformation. It presents trends on fixed and mobile broadband subscriptions, availability of fast broadband in rural and other areas, and M2M SIM cards, an indicator of one part of the Internet of Things. It also discusses how policy can promote competition and investment to boost connectivity, expand access in rural and remote places to connect everyone, and enhance access to data to unleash its potential.

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