Friday, 19 October 2012

OECD Internet Economy Outlook 2012


The Internet is now a fundamental infrastructure supporting the economy and is firmly in its 2nd stage of development, having evolved from a data network connecting PCs with wires to a much broader network of new portable devices from mobile phones to tablet computers.

It is also on the cusp of a much larger expansion to objects that typically did not have communications capabilities: the “Internet of things” is projected to have more connections than the people using them. This raises many important socio-economic and political issues for stakeholders to consider, as economies and societies become increasingly inter-meshed.

Supported by time series data, this publication begins with an overview of trends and highlights how the Internet sector has proven to be resilient during the recent economic crisis. It then examines the various drivers and impacts of Internet use and deployment, as well as emerging technologies, e-health, digital content, security and privacy, and reflects on a methodology for measuring the Internet economy.

Table of contents:
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction: Expanding connectivity and measuring the Internet economy
    • Expanding connectivity
    • Measuring the internet economy
  • Chapter 1. ICTs, the Internet and the crisis: Macro trends
    • The ICT sector supporting the internet
    • Investing in the internet
    • Conclusion
    • Annex 1.A1. Internet intermediaries
  • Chapter 2. Internet trends and development
    • Emerging technologies
    • Internet developments across the economy
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 3. Internet adoption and use: Households and individuals
    • Connectivity and access
    • Scope of activities
    • Challenges ahead: digital divides and barriers to access
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 4. Internet adoption and use: Businesses
    • Pervasiveness of the internet
    • Broadband in firms
    • Websites
    • The Internet improving business processes
    • ICT impacts on businesses: Perceived benefits and real impacts
    • Beyond perceived benefits: The impact of the Internet (ICT) on business performance and innovation
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 5. Developments in digital content
    • Enabling factors
    • Digital content sectors
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 6. ICTs for health and ageing
    • A broad range of health ICT initiatives
    • Growing public investment in health ICTs
    • Building broadband capacity for health ICTs
    • Telehealth
    • Electronic medical claims processing
    • Computerisation of general practices
    • Electronic prescriptions
    • Health information exchange
    • Health ICTs deliver greater convenience and closer connections with health professionals
    • The connected patient
    • The growing promise of ICTs for healthy ageing
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 7. Security and privacy
    • Research and development in security and privacy
    • Innovative products and business models
    • Employment and skills as enabling factors
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 8. Government priorities and policy developments
    • Overview: ICT policy priorities and developments
    • Specific ICT policies and programmes
    • Conclusion
    • Annex 8.A1. ICT policy framework
  • Annex: Methodological considerations
Print (paperback + free PDF)
ISBN: 9-789-26408-645-6
OECD Code: 932012021P1
Price: €90 / £81

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ISBN: 9-789-26408-646-3
OECD Code: 932012021E1
Price: €63 / £56

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