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Measuring the Information Economy 2002

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With over 80 indicators based on the most up-to-date official statistics, this study provides a comprehensive international comparison of OECD Member countries' performance in the information economy. New indicators address emerging policy issues: international differences in the quality and price of the ICT infrastructure, diffusion of Internet technologies in larger and smaller firms, relative size of cross-border electronic transactions, barriers to Internet commerce. This publication combines statistical rigour with easy access and readability: the essential findings are presented in bullet points, and methodological notes on indicators and data sources are provided. For the first time data annexes with time series for the ICT sector are available.

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Access to and Use of Information Technologies

This chapter presents the latest international comparisons based on official surveys of ICT diffusion in households, among individuals and in businesses that were recently developed by national statistical offices under the aegis of the OECD. To help to explain differences in the intensity of use of new technologies across countries, this chapter also relies on indicators of barriers to the use of information technology. Answers on perceived barriers and on their evaluation are inevitably qualitative in nature and need to be used with caution in international comparisons. Nevertheless, they can be of great interest to policy makers. For example, indicators of barriers can help for monitoring issues of digital divide, point to potential bottlenecks related to the technology or lack of appropriate skills and help address concerns about security and logistics.

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