Public Consultation on The Future of the Internet Economy: Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why is the OECD conducting a public consultation on the themes for the Future of the Internet Economy Ministerial meeting?

 

We are inviting public comment on the themes for the Future of the Internet Economy Ministerial to help ensure that the meeting will be relevant in addressing the views and concerns of all stakeholders, and will benefit from a wide-range of viewpoints and expertise.

 

Who should participate, and what type of input would be useful?

 

The public consultation is open to all parties wishing to contribute, including in particular civil society groups, representatives of the Internet technical community, individual experts, and business. Members of the general public are also invited to comment.

 

In order to ensure that comments are available for consideration by OECD member countries and other participating bodies at their next meeting, please ensure responses to the questionnaire are submitted not later than 30 September 2007.

 

The questionnaire is structured around four main questions. The first question addresses key principles for the Future of the Internet Economy, and the following three refer to the main themes of the Ministerial: Convergence, Creativity, Confidence

 

Each response should not be longer than 350-400 words, and should synthesize the views of the respondent on the issues and topics of the Ministerial (see background documents). Further links and references can be added at the end of the questionnaire. Responses should be provided in one of the OECD official languages (English and French), and will not be translated.

 

What will happen next?

 

Once the consultation period is closed, comments received will be individually posted on the Future of the Internet website. The comments will be also be made available for consideration by the OECD secretariat and its members and will contribute to shaping the policy discussions leading to the Ministerial.

 

Participants should note that unless they elect otherwise, their name and affiliation will be attached to the comments published. The email address and other contact details eventually provided in the questionnaire will not be publicly posted (see also OECD privacy policy).

 

The Online Public Consultation is only one of a series of initiatives aim at involving non-governmental stakeholders in the OECD Ministerial meeting and in its preparation. More information on how to participate more actively in the process are available online on the Ministerial Website pages.

 

OECD policy on public contributions and comments

 

The OECD reserves the right not to publish comments that are not in the spirit of contributing to the discussion.

 

Background documents

 

The OECD held several preparatory meetings and workshops which feed substantively into the Seoul Ministerial meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy. Background material, proceedings and presentations are also available online in the Virtual Library.

 

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