OECD warns on dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion

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THE OR­GAN­I­SA­TION for Eco­nomic Co-op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment (OECD) warned Aus­tria that its tran­si­tion to­wards dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion was lag­ging be­hind most rich coun­tries, and that the gaps rel­a­tive to the oth­ers have even widened in re­cent years. “The dif­fer­ences are par­tic­u­larly strik­ing for tasks re­lated to the in­ter­net, such as re­al­time dis­cus­sions, e-mail­ing, or ex­e­cut­ing trans­ac­tions on­line,” the Paris-based OECD, a wealthy-coun­try think-tank, said in a re­port pub­lished yes­ter­day. In par­tic­u­lar, Aus­tria’s smal­land mid-cap com­pa­nies were slow in adopt­ing innovative in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy, the or­gan­i­sa­tion said. Aus­trian Chan­cel­lor Chris­tian Kern set out am­bi­tious ob­jec­tives for the tran­si­tion to a dig­i­tal econ­omy to close those gaps in Jan­uary, when he in­tro­duced a 10-year plan fo­cused on cre­at­ing jobs and boost­ing pub­lic in­vest­ment. His “dig­i­tal roadmap” aims to pro­vide high-speed broad­band in­ter­net to the re­motest parts of the Alpine coun­try by 2020. It also out­lined an ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tive to start dig­i­tal ed­u­ca­tion as early as pos­si­ble. The govern­ment’s plan needs a trans­par­ent mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem with time­lines.

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