Digital economy

OECD-BIAC Workshop on ICT and Innovation (Paris, 11 December 2008)


In order to highlight the benefits and challenges for information and communication technology (ICT)-related innovation, the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), the OECD and the Internet Technical Community joined forces to organise a workshop on “ICT and Innovation: What is Working What is Not” as part of the December meeting of the OECD Committee for Information, Computer and Communication Policy (ICCP). Designed as an input to the OECD Innovation Strategy, the workshop was organised around two panel sessions featuring experts from business, research institutions, academia and government that focused specifically on ICT related Innovation – its value for economic growth and societal benefit. The meeting focused on both the ICT sector itself and innovation ICT applications across sectors, supporting policy frameworks and current economic challenges.
Panel 1, “The Changing Nature of ICT-Related Innovation - ICT and industries and Wider Developments Across the Economy”, highlighted some of the latest ICT innovations such as mash-up, cloud computing, and virtual worlds, and how they benefit and influence innovation in other sectors such as environment and stimulate economic growth and social benefit. The second panel focused on the policy frameworks necessary for innovation, with particular attention on including the effects of the current financial crisis and economic slowdowns on continued innovation in the ICT sector and its applications.


Meeting Chairman:  Mr. Richard Simpson
Director General, Electronic Commerce Branch, Industry Canada
Chair, OECD Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy (ICCP)

Welcome and Opening Remarks


Mr. Andrew Wyckoff,  Deputy Director, OECD Science, Technology and Industry Directorate

Mr. Joseph Alhadeff, Vice President for Global Public Policy and Chief Privacy Officer, Oracle, Chair, BIAC ICCP Committee

Mr. Bill Graham, Strategic Global Engagement, Office of the President
Internet Society (ISOC)

Panel 1: The changing nature of ICT-related innovation. ICT industries and wider developments across the economy 

Purpose: This session will focus on understanding whether and how innovation is being re-defined in ICTs and related technologies, and how ICTs are affecting innovation across the economy.
It will address the impact of innovation in ICT and its applications in business and society. How do specific innovations illustrate what is happening in ICT-related areas? New patterns of innovation: Drivers, barriers, economic climate, framework conditions, finance.

Moderator: Mr. Jean-Jacques Sahel (Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Europe - Skype)

Mr. Fayçal Boujemaa (Head of the Research Program, Orange Labs R&D)
Future Mash- The new network effect

Prof. Dr. Martin Curley (Senior Principal Engineer, Global Director, IT Innovation Intel Corp.)
Cloud Computing – It’s everywhere you want to be
Mr. Dean Butcher (Strategic Design Manager, Samsung Design Europe)
If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere again and again – Advancements in product design and development
Mr. David Wortley (Director, Serious Games Institute, Coventry University)
The corners of my mind – Avatars, virtual worlds and other spaces
Mr. Mark Turrell (CEO and Co-founder Imaginatik plc.)
Collaborative Software, web 2.0 and innovation

Panel 2: New policies for new plays? Innovation and governments in a globalised world

Purpose: This session will focus on policy, old and new including policy in the midst of the current economic crisis and resulting recessions. What works, what does not. What we can drop, what we cannot.
New policy directions for innovation (fostering drivers and overcoming barriers): What is driving policy change (if any)? What areas are changing/need changing? What kind of policy frameworks are developing nationally/globally? What international policy (policy coordination) issues are important?

Moderator: Mr. Michael R. Nelson, Ph.D. (Visiting Professor, Internet Studies, CCT Georgetown University)
Mr. Christoph Steck (Director Public Policy, Telefónica S.A.)
Trading our way out of trouble. Liberalisation and trade – past, current and future policy trends
Prof. Dr. Knut Blind (Berlin University of Technology; Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research; Erasmus University)
Can’t we all just get along? IPRs, standards, interoperability: their interrelationship and the role of policy

Mr. Joost van der Vleuten (Head of Strategy for Energy and Telecom,
Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands)
Investment, innovation and beyond: the development of human capital and skills
Prof. Martin Fransman (Institute for Japanese-European Technology Studies;
University of Edinburgh)
Financing innovation – the impact of constrained economy on innovation

Concluding Remarks

OECD:  Mr. Richard Simpson,  Director General, Electronic Commerce Branch,  Industry Canada, 

Chair, OECD ICCP Committee 

ICCP Working Parties:
Ms. Daniella Battisti, Ph. D.
Director BU Inward Investments, National Agency for Inward Investments and Business Development
Chair, OECD Working Party on the Information Economy

Mr. Vince Affleck
Director of International Institutions, Ofcom
Chair, OECD Communications Infrastructure and Services Policy Working Party

Mr. Manuel F. Pedrosa de Barros
Director, Communications Security Office of the Portuguese National Communications Authority (ICP-ANACOM)
Vice Chair, OECD Working Party on Information Security and Privacy

BIAC: Mr. Joseph Alhadeff, Vice President for Global Public Policy and Chief Privacy Officer, Oracle
Chair, BIAC ICCP Committee


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