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|January 2008 issue|
|OECD Ministerial Meeting on "The Future of the Internet Economy",
Seoul, Korea, 17-18 June 2008
Shaping Policies for Creativity, Confidence and Convergence in the Digital World
|Make sure to visit the OECD Seoul 2008 Ministerial website for information on the 17-18 June 2008 event, to participate online, and for information on registration http://www.oecdministerialseoul2008.org|
OECD launches new broadband portal
This portal provides a wide range of broadband indicators on penetration rates, usage, geography, prices, speeds and services. For example, the 221 million broadband subscribers in the OECD area spend an average of USD 49 per month for broadband and receive an average advertised connection of 13.7 megabits per second. The portal can be found at www.oecd.org/sti/ict/broadband.
The Internet economy: Towards a better future
The Future of the Internet Economy will be the subject of the first OECD ministerial meeting ever to be hosted in Asia. Taking place 17-18 June 2008 in Seoul, Korea, it will examine the implications of the rapid growth in the use of the Internet for our economies and societies and the policies needed for continued growth. STI Director Susanne Huttner discussed the forthcoming Ministerial in a recent article in the OECD Observer
Results of the OECD Online Public Consultation on the Ministerial meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy
The OECD recently invited public comments on issues such as convergence, innovation and trust, all of which will be discussed at the June 2008 OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy. The consultation, open from end July to end September, provided an opportunity for all interested stakeholders to contribute to the discussions with their expertise and to provide a wider range of viewpoints. Responses are now available on line, and include contributions from eBay Canada, the Internet Society of Australia, INTUG, consumer associations, and several universities.
Most recent compendium of indicators including ICT statistics
The OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2007 covers a wide range of indicators of which a fifth are specifically focused on ICTs. For example, 80% of Korean households have high-speed broadband access, the highest in the OECD. In 2006, over 60% of Internet users in Iceland, Norway and Finland engaged in on-line banking.
The goal of the OECD's work on Information and Communication Policy is to help governments maximise the benefits of the "information society". Emerging trends in ICT technologies, applications and uses constantly challenge policy development and co-ordination. Through benchmarking and analysis, the OECD is able to help countries with analysis, recommendations and best practices. More information about OECD work on the information society.
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