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OECD Resources on Internet Governance


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Discussions in the 2003-2005 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) on the international management of the Internet and the role of all stakeholders led to the creation of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) and the final declaration of WSIS in 2005 created the 
Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue. The OECD prepared a report as an input to the United Nations Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) in 2005 and participants have recently 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. These themes will be the focus of a OECD Ministerial meeting on the Digital Economy to be held in Mexico in 2016.


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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.

Past Events

Reports on Internet governance

2014- Paris, France

2012- Baku, Azerbaijan

2011- Nairobi, Kenya)-

2010- Vilnius, Lithuania

2009- Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

2008- Hyderabad, India

2007- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2006- Athens, Greece


The issues related to Internet Governance are broad and involve infrastructure, security, stability, privacy, intellectual property rights, national sovereignty (country domain names for example), etc. These issues have potentially wide-ranging social, economic and security implications.

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