ICTD InfoBank: A Knowledge Sharing Portal on ICTD for the Asia-Pacific region

The ICTD InfoBank has been designed and developed by APCICT as a place for online convergence of like-minded individuals and organizations working to strengthen capacities in the use of information and communications technology for development (ICTD) in the Asia-Pacific region. The ICTD InfoBank does not attempt to duplicate the work of other ICTD portals, it aims to provide easy access to relevant resources on ICTD. The resources available in the ICTD InfoBank aims to support trainers and educators in building ICTD capacity, and assist policy makers in making informed decisions.

Resources on the ICTD InfoBank include: publications, reports, journal, articles, working papers, training manuals, guidelines, case studies, video and audio files, and multimedia materials, as well as web portals with links to relevant resources, and blog sites. Users can browse these different types of resources by various topics (e.g. e-commerce, e-governance), by country, or by organization that have published these resources.

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Measuring the Impact of Innovations in Public IT Infrastructure on the Standard of Living in OECD Countries

This paper utilizes an economic model that looks at the changes in the pattern of consumer spending behaviour and econometrically estimates the extent of the link between these behavioural changes and their drivers: traditional economic stimuli as well as changes in the economic environment due to advances in technology and improved provision of public sector IT infrastructure.

Counterfactual simulations with the estimated model provide money-metric measures of the welfare benefits of innovations in Internet-based public sector IT infrastructure in a variety of OECD economies.

Digital Divide: From Computer Access to Online Activities - A Micro Data Analysis

This paper addresses issues of digital divide among households and individuals by using micro-data analysis of ICT usage patterns which have recently become available in a number of countries.

In a two-step approach to inequalities in computer and Internet use, the paper first tries to better quantify and understand the factors that separate the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots,’ then moves on to explain observed differences in the frequency and type of Internet use as a result of the socio-economic characteristics of households and individuals.

Regulation of Transborder Data Flows under Data Protection and Privacy Law

This paper describes the present status of transborder data flow regulation to induce reflection about its aims, operation and effectiveness, now and in the future.

It considers only legal issues, in particular only those arising under data protection and privacy law; only examines rules that explicitly regulate the flow of data across national boarders; takes a global approach; uses the terms ‘data protection’ and ‘privacy’ interchangeably; and covers transborder data flows in both the private and public sectors.

Digital Identity Management for Natural Persons: Enabling Innovation and Trust in the Internet Economy

This report builds on the findings of the 2011 comparative analysis of national strategies for digital identity management in OECD countries, making a case and offering guidance to policymakers for developing strategies for the management of digital identity of natural persons.

This report introduces digital identity management from a public policy perspective as an enabler for innovation and trust in the Internet economy, then moves on to include policy guidance for the development of national strategies for digital identity management.

National Broadband Plans

Presented to the Working Party on Communication Infrastructure and Services(CISP) in December 2010, this report surveys national broadband plans(NBP) across the OECD area, providing an overview of common elements and goals in those plans.

Topic coverage reaches out to include, but is not limited to, policy coordination, broadband as an economic stimulus, the economic effects of broadband access and regulatory impact assessments.

ICT Applications for the Smart Grid: Opportunities and Policy Implications

This report discusses “smart” applications of information and communication technologies(ICTs) for more sustainable energy production, management and consumption.

Information Policies in Asia: Development of Indicators

This report focuses on assessing country information policies on seven broad dimensions in the context of achieving the goals of information-based societies. By laying out the objectives and methodology of the data and indicators contributing to information policies across the seven dimensions, the report provides an organizing framework that can be adapted to the needs of information policy initiatives in any given national context.

Guidelines for Open Educational Resources in Higher Education

Open educational resources (OER) are materials used to support education that may be freely accessed, reused, modified and shared. This report aims to outline key issues and mage suggestions for integrating OER into higher education.

The purpose of this report is to encourage decision makers in governments and institutions to invest in the systematic production, adaptation and use of OER and to bring them into the mainstream of higher education in order to improve the quality of curricula and teaching and to reduce costs.

Freedom of connection, freedom of expression: The changing legal and regulatory ecology shaping the Internet

This report provides a new perspective on the social and political dynamics behind the threats to expression. It develops a conceptual framework on the ‘ecology of freedom of expression’ for discussing the broad context of policy and practice that should be taken into consideration in discussions of this issue.

This framework draws on an original synthesis of empirical research and case studies of selected technical, legal and regulatory trends.

OECD Guide to Measuring the Information Society 2011

This report provides the statistical definitions, classifications and methods to measure and compare the information society across countries. It provides a standard reference for statisticians, analysts and policymakers in the field. This guide will assist countries that want to start or develop new statistical programmes to measure the information society.