Maximizing the Benefits of the Internet Economy

Ministers, the business community, civil society, labour and the Internet technical community will gather in Cancún, Mexico on 21-23 June for an OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy: Innovation, Growth and Social Prosperity. Today’s post is by Daniel Sepulveda, US Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department  of State The open Internet combined with today’s emerging technologies […]

Beyond the first mile: where your Internet comes from

Today’s post is written by Rudolf Van der Berg of the OECD’s Science, Technology and Industry Directorate In 2012 the only submarine fibre optic cable that then connected Benin with global telecommunication networks and the Internet was cut for two weeks. International payments were not possible and the equivalent of 150,000 weekly salaries were not available in […]

Internet traffic exchange: 2 billion users and it’s done on a handshake

Today’s post is written by Rudolf Van der Berg of the OECD’s Science, Technology and Industry Directorate Every day one Exabyte of data is said to travel over the Internet – enough data to fill 300,000 of the world’s biggest hard disks or 212 million DVDs. And astonishingly, according to Internet Traffic Exchange: Market Developments and Policy […]

The dark side of the digital economy: Bad things come in small packages

Michael Morantz, OECD Public Governance Directorate In a small town just outside Montreal, Jake [not his real name] struggles with drug addiction. His dependence on numerous substances has brought him in and out of hospital and rehabilitation programmes many times. What is striking about Jake’s addiction is how he acquires the drugs: not from a […]

The rising cost of cyber attacks

Balázs Gyimesi, OECD Observer “Sorry, our website is temporarily unavailable.” While this message may cause you some inconvenience when surfing the web, it’s costly for companies. For over 50% of firms, the unavailability of their sites can cost as much as US$1,000 per minute. And technical shortcomings are not the only reason websites go down–targeted […]