Digital disruption: what do governments need to do?

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Australia. Productivity Commission


The disruptive potential of digital technologies has become a hot topic in recent years. There are calls for governments to add or remove regulations, invest in digital start-ups, and protect the jobs of workers threatened by new ways of doing business. This research paper reviews and interprets expert opinion on disruption in order to inform governments about the policy tasks posed by digital technologies. The paper focuses on the role of government in the face of potentially disruptive technological change. Governments establish the legal and regulatory systems that govern the...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Governance; Industry; Technology; Employment; Skills and knowledge; Outcomes

Keywords: Government role; Technological change; Future

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Productivity Commission, 2016

Physical description: v, 245 p.

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ISBN: 9781740375849 (PDF)

Resource type: Paper

Rights: Except for the Commonwealth Coat of Arms and content supplied by third parties, this copyright work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence. To view a copy of the licence visit:

Document number: TD/TNC 124.871

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