When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out earlier this year, much of the world moved online. Teleworking and distance learning became the norm for those with at-home Internet access, many firms adopted digital business models to maintain revenue, and mobile apps were rapidly developed to help “track and trace” the spread of the virus.
These activities underscore the tremendous potential of digital technologies, but the crisis has also lain bare persistent gaps in digital access, skills and use. Faced with a future where we may be more reliant on digital technologies than ever before, failing to ensure widespread digital access and effective use risks deepening inequalities, and may hinder countries’ efforts to emerge stronger from the pandemic. We take a closer look at these issues, and how governments can address them, in the latest edition of the OECD Digital Economy Outlook, available on 27 November.
With new data on the latest trends in the digital economy, the Outlook highlights the critical role that digital technologies and communications infrastructures play in our daily lives; sheds light on the growing importance of digital security, privacy and consumer protection in a digitised world; and details the ways in which governments are increasingly putting digital strategies at the centre of their policy agendas.
Join us for the launch of the OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2020 on 27 November at 1PM (CET). This virtual event will convene government ministers and senior policy makers, industry leaders, academics and other stakeholders to:
- Present the main findings of the Digital Economy Outlook 2020
- Highlight the use of digital technologies to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and help keep society functional
- Discuss policies to close new digital divides created by the pandemic
- Offer prospects on the role of digital transformation policies in paving the path to recovery