OECD Information Technology Outlook 2010

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Information technology (IT) and the Internet are major drivers of research, innovation, growth and social change. The 2010 edition of the OECD Information Technology Outlook analyses the economic crisis and recovery, and suggests that the outlook for IT goods and services industries is good after weathering a turbulent economic period better than during the crisis at the beginning of the 2000s. The industry continues to restructure, with non-OECD economies, particularly China and India, major suppliers of information and communications technology-related goods and services.

The role of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in tackling environmental problems and climate change is analysed extensively, with emphasis on the role of ICTs in enabling more widespread improvements in environmental performance across the economy and in underpinning systemic changes in behaviour.

Recent trends in OECD ICT policies are analysed to see if they are rising to new challenges in the recovery. Priorities are now on getting the economy moving, focusing on ICT skills and employment, broadband diffusion, ICT R&D and venture finance, and a major new emphasis on using ICTs to tackle environmental problems and climate change.



ICT Policy Developments from Crisis to Recovery

Information and communication technology (ICT) policies have helped shape the economic recovery, but they have also been shaped by the recession and the hesitant recovery. Weak macroeconomic conditions mean that government ICT policies will be scrutinised for their necessity, their efficiency, and their impact on growth, employment and public sector budgets. Most government responses to the economic crisis include measures targeting the ICT sector and promoting ICT-based innovation, diffusion and uptake of Internet technologies. Most OECD countries have increased the priority of at least one ICT policy area for overall economic recovery. The recent ICT policy emphasis on areas that contribute directly to shortand long-term growth – ICT jobs, broadband, R&D, venture finance and smart ICTs for the environment – provides evidence of the key roles that ICT policy must play in ensuring a long-term sustainable recovery. ICT policies are now mainstream policies to underpin growth and jobs, increase productivity, enhance delivery of public and private services, and achieve broader socio-economic objectives in government, health care, education and the environment.


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