Digital technologies and data are transformational. People, firms and governments live, interact, produce and work differently than in the past, and these changes are accelerating rapidly. An ecosystem of interdependent digital technologies – artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, next generation networks (5G), cloud computing, distributed ledgers, and quantum computing – underpin digital transformation and will evolve to drive future economic and societal changes. The digital technology ecosystem both relies on and produces vast amounts of data, which have become an important source of economic and social value. How can we realise the immense promises of digital technologies and data for growth and well-being in a fast evolving world? The Toolkit charts the road ahead.
What is the Toolkit?
Digital transformation affects many aspects of the economy and society in complex and interrelated ways, and the Going Digital Toolkit helps countries navigate these changes and the trade-offs that policy makers need to make. The Toolkit is structured along the lines of the Going Digital Integrated Policy Framework, which includes seven policy dimensions that need to be co-ordinated to shape a common digital future that improves the lives of all people. These policy dimensions include:
- Access to communications infrastructures, services and data
- Effective use of digital technologies and data
- Data-driven and digital innovation
- Good jobs for all
- Social prosperity and inclusion
- Trust in the digital age, and
- Market openness in digital business environments
The Toolkit maps a core set of indicators to each of the seven policy dimensions and allows users to interactively explore these data to assess a country’s state of digital development. The Toolkit also contains OECD policy guidance and insights related to each of the policy dimensions to help governments design and implement policies that are fit for the digital age. In due course, the Toolkit will incorporate innovative policy practices. Users can explore the Toolkit using three entry points: 1) policy dimensions, 2) countries and 3) themes.
Read the full reports to learn more about the ongoing digital transformation and how countries can support a positive and inclusive digital future.