Free Wi-Fi offered by airports and train stations: public goods?

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Would you consider free Wi-Fi offered by airports and train stations as belonging to “public goods”? Are you aware of how the many services accessible around the Internet are financed to make them free of charge for us users?

These are two of the numerous questions raised as a result of the increasing use of ICT and the digitalisation of the economy and society worldwide and within the European Union.

Statistics on ICT has to cope with the fast-moving change in the field of ICT, and therefore requires a wider and more forward-looking approach: developing a strong statistical framework able to support compilers in producing relevant ICT statistics in the future.

Eurostat has awarded the Statistics Department of GOPA Consultants, in close collaboration with GOPA Luxembourg S.à.R.L., the following service contract:

“Developing a stronger statistical framework (Manual) on the Digital Economy and Society”.

For a period of 18 months, starting from May 2017, five experienced experts will work on the delivery of a Manual which will support statisticians and policy users of the European Statistical System (Eurostat, national statistical institutes of EU MS, EEA and EFTA countries), aiming at:

1)            Setting the production of ICT statistics into a broader social and economic context and describing the statistical methodologies for monitoring and measuring changes;

2)            Developing guidance on the use of new tools and new sources for data collection.

The Manual will focus in particular on five core domains: E-commerce, digitalisation of the business sector, skills and jobs, E-government and E-democracy, cyber security and privacy.