nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2013‒03‒02
three papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
University Vienna

  1. Empowering and Protecting Consumers in the Internet Economy By OECD
  2. Health-E-App Public Access: A New Online Path to Children's Health Care Coverage in California. Applicant Charateristics and Experiences. By Adam Dunn; Leslie Foster
  3. Building Blocks for Smart Networks By OECD

  1. By: OECD
    Abstract: This report is part of a series of papers in the follow-up work to the 2008 Seoul Ministerial Declaration for the Future of the Internet Economy. It shows that over the past five years, despite the financial crisis, business-to-consumer e-commerce has grown steadily across the OECD and beyond, spurred by increased Internet and broadband penetration, competition and innovation, which have in turn led to consumer access to a wider range of products at lower prices. The spread of mobile devices, easy-to-use payment mechanisms, as well as participative web tools such as price and product comparisons and consumer ratings and reviews has further provided consumers with a more convenient e-commerce experience. Trust in e-commerce, however, remains challenged by a number of problems requiring further attention. These include complex information disclosures, legislative gaps, fraudulent and misleading practices and privacy threats as well as inadequate redress mechanisms.
    Date: 2013–02–05
  2. By: Adam Dunn; Leslie Foster
    Keywords: Health-e-App Public Access , Children's Health Care Coverage , California , Health
    JEL: I
    Date: 2013–02–28
  3. By: OECD
    Abstract: This report examines the development of smart networks and services with particular attention to the implications for communication policy and regulation. The word “smart” has become a term that is frequently affixed to an area where the introduction of networked information and communication technologies (ICTs) is expected to have significant implications for economic and social development. In this document it is defined as: an application or service that is able to learn from previous situations and to communicate the results of these situations to other devices and users. Collection of data will be enabled by the expansion of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications. Large scale processing will be delivered by “cloud computing” services. Analysis of these data will be undertaken around a process frequently called “big data”. These phenomenona together form the “building blocks of smart networks”. Each distinguishes itself from previous similar developments because the size of numbers of devices, data and elements is orders of magnitude larger than that of previous periods.
    Date: 2013–01–17

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