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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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Identity in a Digital World: A new chapter in the social contract

Identity in a Digital World: A new chapter in the social contract

All over the world, a growing number of organizations –from the public and private sectors –are advancing systems that establish and verify digital identities for people, devices and other entities. Yet we are still learning what “identity in a digital world”means. We are also still evolving policies and practices on how best to collect, process or use identity-related data in ways that empower individuals without infringing on their freedoms or causing them harm. At the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2018 in Davos, a diverse group of public and private stakeholders committed to shared cooperation on advancing good, user-centric digital identities. Since then, a broader group of stakeholders joined this conversation: experts, policy-makers, business executives, practitioners, rights advocates, humanitarian organizationsand civil society. This publication reflects their collective insights, synthesized and translated into a format useful for decision-makers and practitioners. It takes stock of where we are today and identifies gaps in coordination across sectors and stakeholders. It outlines what we’ve learnt to date on what user-centricity means and how to uphold it in practice. It attempts to offer a shared working agenda for leaders: an initial list of immediate-term priority actions that demand cooperation. It reflects, in short, the first stage in collective learning and the creation of shared goals and paths.

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Guide to developing a national cybersecurity strategy - Strategic engagement in cybersecurity

Guide to developing a national cybersecurity strategy - Strategic engagement in cybersecurity

Facilitated by ITU, twelve partners from the public and private sectors, academia and civil society share their experience, knowledge and expertise, providing an aggregated, harmonised set of principles on the development, establishment and implementation of national cybersecurity strategies. The guide's objective is to instigate strategic thinking and help national leaders and policy-makers to develop, establish and implement national cybersecurity strategies world-wide.

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Promoting E-commerce to Globalize MSMEs

Promoting E-commerce to Globalize MSMEs

There are many anecdotal stories about how small enterprises have grown by selling through e-commerce but why are these successes not more widely shared among SMEs? This study tries to understand the constraints faced by SMEs to participate in e-commerce, particularly cross-border e-commerce (CBEC) drawing from focused group discussions among e-commerce stakeholders conducted in five economies: Brunei Darussalam; China; Malaysia; Korea; and Chinese Taipei. The case studies give a sketch of the e-commerce ecosystem and the multiple stakeholders involved that help make the system work smoothly and efficiently. Regulations that adversely affect any of the players in the ecosystem impact the whole, including the buyers and sellers, some of whom are SMEs. Logistics cost, for example, is a significant portion of e-commerce cost. SMEs need volume in order to be competitive. Payment service providers are another important link and their unavailability stymies e-commerce sellers. Good digital infrastructures including ICT, payment services, postal services and others are important for the development of e-commerce and internationalization of SMEs. Just as important are the regulatory infrastructures like transparent regulations, expeditious customs clearance through for example electronic single window, and overall facilitative business environment starting from business registration to taxation to application of international standards. Initial introductions to e-commerce for SMEs usually happen through social media like Facebook or Instagram but marketplace e-commerce technology platforms facilitate access to a wider market, and particularly in the case of cross-border trade, provide the necessary regulatory information collection that SMEs need to sell abroad. The complexity of regulations and the disproportionate cost in money and time to collect, understand and meet these regulations is a major hurdle for SMEs. SMEs also face the challenge of meeting requirements on sustainability, and industry and product standards particularly for cross-border e-commerce.

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Outcomes and Outlook 2017/2018: Creating a New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future

Outcomes and Outlook 2017/2018: Creating a New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future

In 2018, Papua New Guinea will host APEC under the theme of “Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future”. APEC will pursue its agenda through three key priorities: Improving Connectivity, Deepening Regional Economic Integration; Promoting Sustainable and Inclusive Growth; and Strengthening Inclusive Growth through Structural Reform. This publication also looks back at the outcomes of APEC Viet Nam 2017 and the 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Da Nang, Viet Nam.

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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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