Information technology (IT) is a major driver of economic change, restructuring businesses, affecting skills and employment, and contributing to growth. This volume describes recent market dynamics and gives a detailed overview of the globalisation of the information and communication technology (ICT) sector and the rise of ICT-enabled international sourcing. It analyses the development and impacts of electronic business processes and describes trends in industries supplying IT goods and services.
This volume also looks at how differences in access to ICTs have been supplanted by differences in use, looking especially at digital delivery via broadband for peer-to-peer file exchange, business services and healthcare. Further, ICT skills across all sectors of the economy are analysed to provide insights into the dynamics of job creation and outsourcing.
The potential of selected technological developments is examined, covering nanotechnology, grid computing, radio frequency identification, WiFi and anti-spam technologies.
Finally, this volume provides an overview of IT policy priorities in OECD countries and how these are evolving.