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The digital economy refers to the economic, social and cultural activities that are based on digital infrastructure, enabled by computing technologies to create and distribute online value added products and services. Thus, in digital economy (not mutually exclusive with manufacturing economy), intellectual property and skilled workforce (expertise and know-how) are the critical and scarce resources. Furthermore, the digital economy is the demonstration of how the whole (collective intelligence) is greater than the sum of its parts.
Therefore, the strategy and associated policies related to the digital economy have to take into account all these components in a convergent manner. The digital and knowledge economy cannot achieve any results without the technological infrastructure (ICT, Smart-city) with a high level of sophistication. In addition, the development of e-business for the production of services and information plays a key role to foster the transformation towards the digital economy and support the growth and the sustainability of the overall knowledge economy. We focus in this context on some of the areas that represent the backbone of the e-business sector in the digital economy, such as government transactions, health and learning, as well as online distribution (commerce and content).