The role of governments and policymakers

Digital technologies and applications contribute to the economic strength, societal well-being, and effective governance of a nation. To reach the advanced stage of digitization and realize the wide-ranging benefits it offers, countries need support from the highest levels of government.

Realizing the opportunity that broadband presents will require policymakers to look beyond information and communications technology (ICT) and focus instead on digitization, with an emphasis on ICT usage, not access. By honestly assessing their country’s current level of digitization, they can ensure that they are focusing on the right investments to advance to the next stage. And they need to look with fresh eyes at policies that were developed a decade ago to understand how they can be updated for a new era.

The steps that policymakers take in the coming years will determine whether they can translate opportunity into reality.

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Partners Bahjat El-Darwiche and Roman Friedrich discuss the impact of digitization on worldwide economies and the importance of putting policies in place to foster growth.

Key publications on the Role of governments and
policymakers

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Written with the well-known cross-sector charity Go ON UK, this report presents the socioeconomic case for universal digitization, particularly in the United Kingdom. Based on quantitative research, it highlights the socioeconomic case for improving the digital infrastructure and promoting usage.
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With information and communications technology access approaching ubiquity, policymakers are faced with the challenge of ensuring individuals, businesses, and governments are making the best possible use of networks and applications, thereby encouraging digitization that has the potential for dramatic economic, social, and political improvements.
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The economic growth of nations is linked to one factor: adoption of information and communications technology.