On October 23 -24 2011, the Centre for European Economic Research ZEW held the third ICTNET workshop in Mannheim. The workshop, which was organised in cooperation with the OECD, addressed first and foremost issues related to ICT-driven innovation, productivity, and growth.
ICTNET, which is a network financed by the EU Commission's Directorate-General for Information Society and Media under the 7th Framework Programme for Research, aims to promote academic exchange among economists – particularly those in Europe – who work in the area of Information and Communications Technologies. In addition, the network seeks to strengthen the political relevance of ICT research. Topically, the network focuses on four fields of ICT research: ICT-driven productivity and growth; R&D and intangible goods; ICT-based innovation; and the diffusion of ICT. The OECD is responsible for the overall coordination of the network. Alongside ZEW, additional coordinating partners in the network are the Imperial College London and the University of Parma.