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Digital Economy Report 2019

Digital Economy Report 2019

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Value creation and capture: implications for developing countries

SUMMARY

The report identifies some of the main elements that define a digital economy and highlight the increasing importance of digital data and various emerging technologies.

Recent trends point to a significant level of geographical concentration in most elements of the digital economy and digital infrastructure. Digital technologies and platforms are highly linked to the United States and China. These two countries account for 75 percent of all blockchain technology patents, half of global spending on IoT, and three-quarters of the cloud computing market, and for 90 percent of the market capitalization value of the 70 largest digital platform firms in the world. 

These concentration trends have consequences for the ability to develop and matured markets to participate in the technological learning processes that are necessary to thrive in the digital world.

The report's second chapter takes a look at the notion of value in the digital economy and examines the main drivers of the changing digital economy which are digital data and platformization. 

The third chapter reviews the challenges that are related to the measurement of value in the digital economy. The paper points out the necessity for making data collection better as well as data analytics. This chapter highlights a few recent attempts at measuring value-added in online commerce and value in the data-driven economy.

The paper also examines a few of the systemic dynamics of digitalization at the global level, as well as their effect in relation to value creation and capture. The study tales a specific look at elements related to the increasing role and market power of a few digital platforms. There is also a mention of problems associated with data, employment, and taxation.

The present situation in developing countries in reference to domestic value creation and capture in the digital economy is also analyzed in the paper's fifth chapter while the sixth takes a look at important policy challenges.

OUTLINE

Introduction and overview

Trends in digital economy – Blockchain, 3D printing, 5G mobile broadband, IoT, cloud computing, automation, robotics, AI, data analytics, connectivity

Value in the digital economy – Data and digital intelligence

Measurement of the digital economy

Value creation

Policies

DETAILS

Overview

Researchfinder Rating
4 out of 5 stars
Title
Digital Economy Report 2019
Sub-Title
Value creation and capture: implications for developing countries
Region
Global
Published
Sept. 1, 2019
Publisher
UNCTAD
Price
FREE
Language
ENGLISH

Content

Number of Pages
198
Number of Tables
0
Number of Exhibits
50
Topics
ai, e-commerce, iot
Tags
5G, AI, automation, blockchain, cloud computing, connectivity, data analytics, digital economy, ecommerce, global, internet of the things, iot, online shopping, robotics, UNCTAD
Companies mentioned
Tencent, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Alipay, Alibaba, IBM, General Electric, Siemens, eBay, Rolls Royce, Monsanto, Apple, Motorola, LinkedIn, Baidu, Tencent, Uber, Walmart
Methodology
Not available.
EVALUATION

This report stands out for its in-depth content along with its summary and conclusions on each chapter.

Positives:

  • Highly comprehensive content
  • References
  • Great graphs
  • Appealing design
  • Summary and conclusions on each chapter
  • Clear language
  • Boxes: Experiences of workers on crowdworking platforms (survey),

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