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OECD Resources on Internet Governance

The Internet is a fundamental infrastructure with a still largely untapped potential to address a wide array of economic and social challenges. Its open and decentralised design means that this potential is accessible to all. Bringing evidence-based analysis on the economic dimensions of the open Internet, including its impact on productivity, jobs and growth, the OECD’s long-standing work aims to help governments develop policies to stimulate the digital economy for the benefit of all. Restoring trust in the absence of a broad social agreement on norms for digital privacy and security is now crucial.

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The OECD Recommendation on Internet Policy Making Principles was adopted amid concerns that the openness of the Internet—which has stimulated innovation, delivered economic and societal benefits, and given voice to democratic aspirations—was at risk. Aimed to preserve the fundamental open nature of the Internet while protecting privacy, security, children online, intellectual property, and the free flow of information, the principles strengthen international co-operation and support a flexible, multi-stakeholder approach to Internet policy making, rather than an international regulatory approach.

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 ParisHigh-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. 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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OECD Input to the UN Working Group on Internet Governance

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