OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2017

The digital transformation

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With some 200 indicators, the 2017 edition of the OECD Science, Technology and Industry (STI) Scoreboard shows how the digital transformation affects science, innovation, the economy, and the way people work and live. It aims to help governments design more effective science, innovation and industry policies in the fast-changing digital era.

The charts and underlying data in this publication are available for download and over half the indicators contain additional data expanding the time and/or country coverage of the print edition.

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Innovation today: Taking action

Today’s digital economy is characterised by connectivity between users and between devices, as well as the convergence of formerly distinct parts of communication ecosystems such as fixed and wireless networks, voice and data, and telecommunications and broadcasting. The Internet and connected devices have become a crucial part of most individuals’ everyday life in OECD countries and emerging economies. The share of Internet users in OECD countries grew on average by 30 percentage points over the last ten years (85% in 2016 as compared to 56% in 2005), and more than doubled in the cases of Greece, Mexico and Turkey. Over 50% of 16-74 year olds in Brazil, China and South Africa use the Internet today, narrowing the gap with OECD countries. Some economies are reaching saturation (uptake by nearly 100% of individuals), while there remains significant potential for catch-up in others, especially lower income countries.

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