Digital economy

Internet Policy and Governance



Three years after the adoption of the OECD Internet Policy Making Principles and following a successful NETmundial conference in Brazil, the OECD’s Committee for Digital Economy Policy (CDEP) held a special high-level session on Internet policy and governance issues on 20 June 2014 in Paris.

High-level representatives from government, business, civil society and the Internet technical community shared their perspectives on the key challenges to be addressed as the internet continues its development into the mainstream of our daily lives. 

There was strong consensus in support of the importance of engaging a wide-range of stakeholders, including from those parts of the world and society which are not yet fully represented, in the development of policies that govern the Internet.

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Participants reaffirmed their strong support for the OECD to continue its work on analysing the critical interplay between the Internet, innovation, economic development and social well-being.The Committee decided that these themes deserve high-level political attention and will be the focus of a OECD Ministerial meeting on the Digital Economy to be held in Mexico in 2016.

The high-level representatives invited to the special session included:

» Lawrence E. Strickling - Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, U.S. Department of Commerce

» Nick Bridge, UK Ambassador to the OECD Permanent Representative

» Virgilio Almeida - Secretary for Information Technology Policy of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil

» Olof Ehrenkrona - Ambassador and Senior Advisor to the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, H E Mr Carl Bildt

» Dirk Brengelmann - Commissioner for International Cyber Policy of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany

» Wonki MIN - Director-General at the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of the Republic of Korea, and Chairman Nominee of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014

» Joe Alhadeff, Vice President for Global Public Policy, Chief Privacy Officer Oracle Corporation – Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC)

» Marc Rotenberg, President and Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center - Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council (CSISAC)

» Jordan Carter, ‎Chief Executive at InternetNZ – Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC)







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