OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2024 (Volume 1)

Embracing the Technology Frontier

The OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2024, Volume 1: Embracing the Technology Frontier provides new insights on key technologies that underpin the digital technology ecosystem and their impacts. Using big data and machine-learning techniques, Volume 1 provides new estimates of the growth rate of the ecosystem’s core – the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. It then looks toward the technology frontier with perspectives on the future of artificial intelligence (AI) and how it can be shaped into a positive force. Volume 1 also analyses how people, firms and governments are adopting digital technologies, offering insights into the scale and scope of digital divides and how to boost equal opportunity and inclusion. To that end, it looks at the critical need for next generation wireless networks to provide unlimited connectivity everywhere. Moving beyond the hype of immersive technologies, Volume 1 examines the proven ability of virtual reality (VR) to scale, while identifying its opportunities and risks. Finally, it shines a spotlight on mental health in digital environments, including those most at risk.

Published on May 14, 2024Also available in: French


Reader’s guide
Executive Summary
The growth outlook of the ICT sector
The future of artificial intelligence
Next generation wireless networks and the connectivity ecosystem
Digital technology diffusion and data
Virtual reality and its opportunities and risks
Mental health and digital environments
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