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|April 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
The first OECD Ministerial meeting ever to be hosted in Asia, on The Future of the Internet Economy, will take place on 17-18 June 2008 in Seoul, Korea. The Ministerial 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.
Some confirmed speakers:
|Forty Ministers have confirmed they will attend the Ministerial, along with leaders from International Government Organisations, Business, Organised Labour, the Internet’s technical Community and Civil Society [more]
OECD Ministerial : Non-Governmental Stakeholder Forums, 16 June 2008
Three non-governmental stakeholder Forums will take place at the COEX centre in Seoul, Korea on 16 June, just prior to the Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy. The objective of the Forums is to bring into the Ministerial the perspective of business, civil society groups, organised labour and of the Internet technical community. Forums’ outcomes will be reported to Ministers during the plenary session on the 17th. More information on the Forums are available on the Ministerial Programme.
Analytical reports intended as background for the Ministerial meeting are being released over the next few weeks. Those available in this newsletter include:
Other recent reports
OECD Developing Global Strategies for Combating Identity Theft, Washington (5 May): The presentation will provide information on developments and trends, focusing in particular on the growing use of the Internet to conduct ID crime. Efforts to combat the theft will be described, as will policy guidance that was recently approved by the OECD’s Committee on Consumer Policy. The discussants will provide further insights on how issues are affecting consumers in Canada and the United States.
Workshop on ICTs and Environmental Challenges, Copenhagen (22-23 May): the aims of this workshop include: taking stock of the impacts of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on the environment including in efficient buildings, transport and distribution and distance working; analysis of both positive effects and issues of ICT recycling; identifying areas for further analysis of the application and use of ICTs to further environmental goals; considering policy implications and the development of goals and priorities.
OECD Workshop on Fibre Investment and Policy Challenges, Stavanger, Norway (10-11 April 2008): The aim of the workshop was to examine fibre investment across the OECD and look for best practices across a range of investment scenarios. The workshop also examined how regulations concerning fibre are evolving in OECD countries and how to ensure that these networks help promote effective competition.
Expert workshop on public sector information, Paris, France (4-5 February 2008): This expert workshop on “The Socioeconomic Effects of Public Sector Information on Digital Networks" provided analysis and insights into the measurement and impacts of public sector information (PSI) access and use. It focused on different approaches for evaluating the direct and indirect economic and non-economic benefits and costs of PSI access and reuse policies, evaluation of these approaches and suggestions for future work.
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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