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Barriers to Trade in Digitally Enabled Services in the G20

Organisation for Economic Cooperatin and Development  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
5. October 2019

Digital transformation has enabled easier tradability of traditional services across borders and the emergence of new services that create value from data. But the benefits derived from digitalisation risk being derailed by existing and emerging trade barriers. The OECD Digital Services Trade Restrictiveness Index is a new tool that identifies, catalogues, and quantifies cross-cutting barriers between 2014 and 2018 that affect trade in digitally-enabled services across all G20 countries. Organisation for Economic Coopertion and Development | Barriers to Trade in…

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On-Location Client-Determined Moderately Skilled Platform Work: Employment and Working Conditions

Eurofund  
Policy Initiative: Future of Work
5. October 2019

Platform work – the matching of supply and demand for paid labour through online platforms – is a relatively new form of employment that is small in scale but steadily growing in importance. Besides the size also the diversity in platform work is increasing. The objective of this report is to contribute to the body of research on types of platform work by assessing the working and employment conditions for platform workers in on-location client-determined moderately skilled work. This type…

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Big Urban Data: A Strategic Guide for Cities

International Monetary Fund  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
5. October 2019

This technical note provides guidance to help municipalities improve city governance through the use of big urban data, which we define as the collective body of information on assets and activities in cities. Our analysis of Latin American and Caribbean cities shows that the application of big urban data is not yet widespread, despite its potential to improve the efficiency and quality of urban services. Furthermore, the significant risks of mismanagement of data initiatives, from politicisation to privacy breaches, are…

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Agile Governance for Creative Economy 4.0

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
5. October 2019

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is transforming creative economies across Asia. These economic systems of activity that originate in individual creativity, skill and talent and that can create wealth are generating greater consumer benefits, new models of cross-border content distribution, and refreshed opportunities for local content production and economic development. In this pivotal moment of transformation, it is important to examine how regulators can foster a thriving environment for creative economies in the digital era, and how regulation can enable their…

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Taking the Heat: Making Cities Resilient to Climate Change

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
30. September 2019

There are many ways to look at climate change – scientific, technological, economic, political, social and more. In this paper, we discuss the need for greater resilience in the face of a warming world and the steps cities can take to adapt to climate change. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. | Taking the Heat: Making Cities Resilient to Climate Change

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Power Sector Planning in LAC Countries

Inter-American Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Energy Policy
27. September 2019

This note is a picture about the situation of the planning models in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) and the discussion of the main challenges they will be facing with the innovation behind the process of energy transition. Planning is a key activity of the power sector in LAC, where 18 countries have laws and/or regulation defining it. The methodology is quite diverse, but they all struggle to deal with innovation and potential changes in the consumers’ side behavior. Improving…

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Figure of the Week: Africa’s Growing Mobile Economy

The Brookings Institution  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
27. September 2019

In 2019, sub-Saharan Africa will continue to have the fastest-growing mobile economy in the world, states GSMA’s recently-released report The Mobile Economy: Sub-Saharan Africa 2019. It predicts that sub-Saharan Africa will add an additional 167 million unique mobile subscribers in the period between 2018 and 2025, reaching a total mobile subscriber base of 623 million in 2025, or around half of Africa’s population. The Brookings Institution | Figure of the Week: Africa’s Growing Mobile Economy

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How to Finance the Green Transition

Project Sydicate  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
27. September 2019

In addition to reaffirming their commitment to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, world leaders who gathered for the UN Climate Action summit this week also discussed how the public and private sectors can work together to tackle climate change. They should focus on the role of private finance, without which there will be no green transition. Project Sydicate | How to Finance the Green Transition  

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