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OECD Information Technology Outlook 2006

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Information technology (IT) and broadband are major drivers of economic change, restructuring businesses, affecting skills and employment, and contributing to growth and consumer benefits. This volume describes recent market dynamics and trends in industries supplying IT goods and services and offers an overview of the globalisation of the information and communication technology (ICT) sector and the rise of ICT-enabled international sourcing. It analyses the development and impact of the changing global distribution of services activities and the rise of China and India as significant suppliers of ICT-related goods and services. It also looks at the increasing importance of digital content in selected industries and how it is transforming value chains and business models. The potential of technological developments such as ubiquitous networks, location-based services, natural disaster warning systems, the participative web and the convergence of information technology with nanotechnology and biotechnology is also examined. This book includes StatLinks, URL's linking statistical graphs and tables to spreadsheets containing the underlying data.

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ICT Policy Developments

OECD countries increasingly recognise ICT as a source of innovation and economic growth, and ICT policies are increasingly integrated into economic strategies and co-ordinated across government to improve productivity and strengthen competitiveness. This chapter outlines policy priorities and changes in countries’ policies. These focus on co-ordination and policy setting, using R&D for innovation and government applications, spreading broadband, increasing diffusion and use of ICT, raising ICT skills and employment, digital content and intellectual property rights. Policy assessment and evaluation remains an important weakness.

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