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OECD Information Technology Outlook 2008

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Information technology (IT) and broadband are major drivers of research, innovation, economic growth and social change. The 2008 edition of the OECD Information Technology Outlook analyses recent developments in the IT goods and services industries, and suggests that the outlook is for continued long-term growth, constrained by the currently very uncertain macroeconomic environment in OECD countries but with somewhat higher growth possible elsewhere.  

This edition analyses the impact of high-speed broadband on the economy, and areas of future impacts. The dynamic growth of digital-content-based creative industries is outlined, covering user-created content; online computer and video games; film, video and music; and online advertising.  Recent trends in OECD ICT policies are analysed to assess whether they are rising to these new challenges. Highly prioritised policy areas include investing in ICT R&D and innovation, improving government online activities, spreading broadband, increasing the use of ICTs, raising ICT skills and employment, and supporting digital content development.

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Economic Implications of Broadband

Broadband and networked ICTs are diffusing rapidly, but there are significant differences in use among countries, sectors and firms, and their manifold impacts are only beginning to be felt. Broadband and networked ICTs are important for meeting environmental, health and demographic challenges, and policy plays an important role in expanding their use and enhancing their impact. 

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