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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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ICT Policy Developments

Information and communication technologies are increasingly seen as a source of innovation, growth, and employment. ICT policies are being integrated into longterm socio-economic strategies and co-ordinated across government, but levels of co-ordination differ. This chapter outlines recent policy changes and continuities in national ICT policies. Highly prioritised policy areas include: fostering innovation in and through ICT R&D, improving online government activities, spreading broadband, increasing the diffusion and use of ICTs, raising ICT skills and employment, and supporting digital content development. Policies to promote RFID applications are relatively new, but dedicated programmes are in place in one half of OECD countries. Lack of consistency in policy assessment and evaluation remains an important weakness, including evaluation of broadband uptake and use. 

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