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OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2009

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At a time when world economy is in the midst of the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression, the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2009 provides the statistical information necessary to define a response to the global challenges accompanying the downturn.

This edition of the  Scoreboard  illustrates and analyses a wide set of indicators of science, technology, globalisation and industrial performance in OECD and major non-OECD countries (notably Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa). Indicators are organised around five issues: responding to the economic crisis, targeting new growth areas, competing in the world economy, connecting to global research, and investing in the knowledge economy. The Scoreboard also includes StatLinks, "clickable" access to the underlying data in Excel® spreadsheets.

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Telecommunication networks

Broadband Internet and mobile phones have dramatically increased opportunities for long-distance communications and often now replace face-to-face interaction. Information can now be transmitted at any time and from anywhere via e-mail, conference calls, and virtual meetings. Improved communication channels can reduce commuting and business travel and thus the impact of productive activities on the environment. Telecommunication networks, therefore, are an important infrastructure for green growth.

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