Rethinking Canada’s competition policy in a digital economy
In January 2023, international and Canadian experts attended a virtual workshop to explore implications of digital data for markets and rethink the policy frameworks underlying those markets. This report presents the key takeaways from their discussion.
Mitigating global fragmentation in digital trade governance: a case study
Digital trade is growing rapidly, and regulators are trying to keep up. This paper looks at how five leading digital economies are using regional trade agreements to address regulatory concerns at the same time as enhancing trade.
The digital CBD roadmap: a vision for Melbourne as a leading digital city
Annette Markham, Max Parasol, Alexia Maddox, Tharuka Rupasinghe, Ahmad Salehi Shahrak, Banya Barua, Son Tran, Laki Kondylas, Michael Fairbairn, Tulley Kearney, Sally Piper, Darcy Allen, Indigo Holcombe-James, Jacinthe Flore, Julian Waters-Lynch, Konrad Peszynski, Nataliya Ilyushina, Trent MacDonald, Todd Denham, Amarens Breteler, Kelsie Nabben
This report outlines a vision for Melbourne to start moving towards a globally influential digital city by as soon as 2023 - if funding is prioritised. This would allow for a more efficient and effective economy, while creating a city that is secure, connected and...
Digital assets in Australia: final report
This report recommends the development of a principles-based regulatory framework for digital assets, such as private stablecoins, central bank digital currencies (CBDC), tokens and cryptocurrencies.
Are people ready for a digital CBD? The new infrastructure demands
This report provides an analysis of how people in Melbourne use digital technology and infrastructures, and provides recommendations on what infrastructure requirements are needed for a digital CBD.
The OECD Going digital measurement roadmap
Measuring digital transformation is a key component of designing and implementing evidence-based policies today. This strategy document includes ten actions that, if prioritised and implemented, would substantially advance the capacity of countries to monitor digital transformation and its impacts.
E-change and remote work in Australia
This report is about ‘e-changers’ - a significant and growing segment of the population who have chosen to move from the city to regional and coastal areas while maintaining their city jobs.
The digitalisation of social protection before and since the onset of COVID-19: opportunities, challenges and lessons
This paper discusses the main opportunities and challenges associated with digital social protection, drawing on trends pre-COVID and since the onset of the pandemic. It offers eight lessons to help social protection actors capitalise on technology’s potential in a risk-sensitive manner.
Regulating the international digital economy, with trade and innovation in mind
The international digital economy is growing rapidly, and the fragmented governance framework is struggling to keep pace. This paper illustrates the importance of governance in relation to private-sector innovation and recommends next steps to enhance governance, close gaps and promote further innovation
Assessing national digital strategies and their governance
The wide-ranging impacts of digital transformation on people, firms and governments raise challenges for policy-makers as they develop and implement policies in response. This paper analyses national digital strategies and their governance across countries.
The future of digital regulation in Australia: five policy principles for a safer digital world
As Australia starts to implement much needed digital regulation on a number of issues, there is a need to ensure policy initiatives are joined up and coherent. This document presents five overarching policy principles that could assist policy-makers.
Boosting productivity in New Zealand by unleashing digitalisation
This paper overviews structural reforms that promote the diffusion of digital technologies and investment in intangible capital that maximises the potential of these technologies in New Zealand.
The digital Silk Road and China’s influence on standard setting
This paper finds that, for the most part, Chinese companies’ leading position in technologies and market share has not translated into more influence at main standard-setting organisations, although it is an important complement to China’s efforts in this regard.
Digital economy strategy: 2022 update
The Australian government has released this update, which outlines progress made on Australia becoming a top 10 digital economy and society by 2030.
Positioning Australia as a leader in digital economy regulation
The Digital Technology Taskforce has released this issues paper, seeking views on how Australia's regulatory settings and systems can maximise opportunities to enable and better facilitate the responsible use of new technologies, with a specific focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and automated decision making (ADM).
Digital skills in the Australian and international economies
This paper provides an analysis of digital skills in the Australian and international economies using a mix of data sources and analysis techniques.
Crypto, Web3 and the metaverse
This policy brief offers a clear explanation of the core concepts of cryptocurrencies, blockchain, web3, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and the metaverse, and the policy implications.
Accounting for the digital economy: time for a fresh approach
This paper aims to explain why the information economy requires a new approach to accounting. It examines how the profession can reshape existing accounting standards to help fill the information gap, while developing an entirely new approach to gathering and reporting financial and non-financial information.
What is ‘good’ digital infrastructure?
This paper examines whether current measurement tools suffice in capturing the positive development impact of digital infrastructure and provide a lens through which to assess its potential downside risks.
Digital Southeast Asia
This report recommends Australia and India leverage their bilateral partnership in cyber and critical technologies to support inclusive digital development in Southeast Asia, and strengthen the foundations of Southeast Asia’s digital economy.
The digital checkout
For the purposes of this report, the authors refer to the term 'digital checkout' as the process of a consumer engaging in a transaction (paid or otherwise) to access or procure a product or service online. This report argues that the challenge for consumer policy...
Data strategy 2021-24
This strategy aims aims to provide the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications with better access to timely, high quality data, making for better decisions and helping realise their vision of connecting Australians, enriching communities and empowering regions.
Canada and the digitalization of money
This report shares key takeaways from a workshop held in August with international and Canadian experts to develop advice for policy makers, regulators and market participants on how to advance the digitalization of money with a view to serving the interests of the users of...
Future proof: connecting post-pandemic Canada
Digital information has emerged as the prime mover of economies and societies. With the right set of policies and programs, this paper argues that Canada can have the digital connectivity infrastructure it needs to fully support an inclusive society and competitive economy far into the...
Digital advertising services inquiry: final report
The ACCC has published this final report as part of its inquiry into the markets for the supply of ad tech services and ad agency services. The report provides in-depth analysis of competition and efficiency in the supply of these services, and details the ACCC's...