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The e-Collaborative Hub or E-Co Hub is a single-entry online gateway for policy makers, trainers and practitioners to easily access and search for relevant knowledge resources on different aspects of ICT for development (ICTD). There is also a collaborative workspace to discuss views, share ideas and collaborate on projects related to ICTD.

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APEC Guidebook on SME Digital Resilience

APEC Guidebook on SME Digital Resilience

Most SMEs without crisis response experience or capabilities often find themselves in a quandary and are at a loss as to who to turn to for help in the event of a digital attack. Even when they manage to implement some form of internal measures, the results of their chosen remedies usually do not materialize quickly enough to be effective. Post recovery is a race against time. How should SMEs prepare themselves for this challenging task? Chinese Taipei conducted a cross-border collaboration in 2017 with experts from the fields of digital security and business continuity planning such as Trend Micro and Belfor and gave birth to APEC SME O2O Expert Network. Relevant experts based in the Asia-Pacific were invited to develop this Guidebook in the hopes of providing SMEs in the region with some tools to strengthen their digital competitiveness and resilience so as to enable quality growth in the digital era.

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New Health Technologies: Managing Access, Value and Sustainability

New Health Technologies: Managing Access, Value and Sustainability

This report discusses the need for an integrated and cyclical approach to managing health technology in order to mitigate clinical and financial risks, and ensure acceptable value for money. The analysis considers how health systems and policy makers should adapt in terms of development, assessment and uptake of health technologies. The first chapter provides an examination of adoption and impact of medical technology in the past and how health systems are preparing for continuation of such trends in the future. Subsequent chapters examine the need to balance innovation, value, and access for pharmaceuticals and medical devices, respectively, followed by a consideration of their combined promise in the area of precision medicine. The final chapter examines how health systems can make better use of health data and digital technologies. The report focuses on opportunities linked to new and emerging technologies as well as current challenges faced by policy makers, and suggests a new governance framework to address these challenges.

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Values, Ethics and Innovation: Rethinking Technological Development in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Values, Ethics and Innovation: Rethinking Technological Development in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Values and ethics are not esoteric, relative or fuzzy: they’re practical, accessible and essential. Technologies embody the ethical frameworks and the values of the societies that create them, and as they continue to inform the administrative foundation of governments, shape societies, and affect the health and well-being of millions, understanding the relationship between technology and values becomes ever more vital. The purpose of this paper is to encourage leaders to adopt practical skills for working with values and ethics and integrating them into a broader view of technological development.

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Catalog of Technical Standards for Digital Identification Systems

Catalog of Technical Standards for Digital Identification Systems

This catalog of technical standards can serve as a source of reference for the stakeholders in the identification systems ecosystem. Robust and inclusive identification systems are crucial for development, as enshrined in sustainable development goal (SDG) target 16.9, which mandates countries to provide legal identity for all, including birth registration. For governments, modern identification systems allow for more efficient and transparent administration and service delivery, a reduction in fraud, and leakage related to transfers and benefits payments, increased security, accurate vital statistics for planning purposes, and greater capacity to respond to disasters and epidemics.

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Technological Innovation for Agricultural Statistics: Special Supplement to Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2018

Technological Innovation for Agricultural Statistics: Special Supplement to Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2018

This report showcases the role that technology can play in improving the quality, timeliness, and frequency of agricultural statistics in Asia and the Pacific. The first part presents a summary of existing methods for collecting land area, production, and yield data in the region. The second part discusses measurement errors associated with the existing data collection methods. The third part presents ways to address these measurement errors using remote sensing technology by showcasing results from three methodological research activities undertaken by the Asian Development Bank in three countries: the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Thailand, and Viet Nam. This report concludes with a summary of how other innovations, such as drones, computer-assisted personal interviewing, and artificial intelligence hold promise in transforming the field of agricultural statistics.

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Framing Policies for the Digital Economy

Framing Policies for the Digital Economy

This discussion paper is meant for those who are involved in policy debates on the digital economy, associated opportunities and challenges. Key concepts and technologies are explained and 3 case studies (Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam) reviewed for insights into policy frameworks that may offer pointers for policy frameworks towards an inclusive digital economy in Asia-Pacific.

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The New Physics of Financial Services

The New Physics of Financial Services

Financial institutions around the world are making large-scale investments in AI, while governments and regulators seek to grapple with the significant uncertainties and growing public trepidation as AI becomes central to the fabric of institutions and markets. The World Economic Forum has a successful track record of providing detailed multi stakeholder analysis of the changing landscape of the financial ecosystem, particularly through our Future of Financial Services series. It was clear that a similar approach could cut through the sensationalism surrounding AI to provide valuable insights for the private sector and policy-makers alike. This document helps people make informed decisions about how to interpret the evolving role of AI in financial services and navigate the turbulent changes on the horizon.

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Postal Savings: Reaching Everyone in Asia

Postal Savings: Reaching Everyone in Asia

Postal networks do much to improve people’s access to bank accounts in a digitally connected 21st century. The book explains the benefits and needs of postal financial inclusion in Asia; presents strategies of postal financial inclusion, ranging from a simple model of postal savings to full-fledged banking services; assesses national regulations needed to expand postal financial inclusion; studies the challenges and opportunities arising from new technologies; and derives policy recommendations that will promote postal financial inclusion.

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Maximising availability of international connectivity in developing countries: Strategies to ensure global digital inclusion

Maximising availability of international connectivity in developing countries: Strategies to ensure global digital inclusion

This report aims to build awareness of the challenges and strategies for improving international connectivity, and to consider some potential options for promoting increased local, regional and global collaboration to further this objective. In this respect, the report aims to inform the international development community as well as national policy makers, industry and civil society groups.

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Handbook for the development of a policy framework on ICT/e-waste

Handbook for the development of a policy framework on ICT/e-waste

This Handbook provides guidance on the key aspects to be taken into account when designing, implementing and improving a legal, regulatory and policy framework on ICT/e-waste. The proposed framework is intended to facilitate the management of ICT/e-waste based on the concepts of sustainable development, green ICT and the circular economy. It is structured in four phases – planning, implementation, monitoring and review.

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