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From alternative protein sources to rapid vaccine development, synthetic biology can address global challenges and transform industries. But are current governance frameworks up to the task?
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Immersive tech can blur digital and physical experiences and transform reality. From problem-solving prototypes to safer training methods, this tech has great potential but also raises sizeable privacy and security concerns.
This brief presents key information on how teleworking evolved during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic (2020), with a particular focus on timely and high frequency data published by national statistical organisations, as well as evidence on how telework may evolve in the future.
This policy brief discusses key digital security policy issues that have emerged during the coronavirus crisis and highlights urgent needs.
This brief discusses how the COVID-19 crisis is accelerating an expansion of e-commerce towards new firms, customers and types of products including everyday necessities. It also highlights how policy makers can leverage the potential of digital transformation in retail and related areas to support business adaptation and to enhance social distancing, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
As a key channel for this disinformation, online platforms play an important role in limiting its circulation – but they can’t do it on their own. Internet companies, governments, public health organisations and other stakeholders must work together to combat this “infodemic”. This policy brief describes four key actions they can take.
Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, demand for broadband communication services has soared, with some operators experiencing as much as a 60% increase in Internet traffic. This brief looks at how broadband networks can meet unprecedented demand.
The COVID-19 crisis has upended the global consumer landscape. Confinement measures have moved consumers further online, changed their demands and exacerbated behavioural biases. Many governments must strike a balance between protecting consumers’ health and safety, strengthening consumer trust, and addressing challenges to business and workers.
Disclosures of personal information can allow the public to better identify potential COVID-19 infections and track the spread over time. However, current digital solutions for monitoring and containment have varying implications for privacy and data protection.
AI technologies and tools play a key role in every aspect of the COVID-19 crisis response. To realise the full promise of AI to combat COVID-19, policy makers must ensure that AI systems are trustworthy and aligned with the OECD AI Principles.