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February 2011 issue
OECD Information and Communication Policy News
Communication Infrastructures & Services - Information Economy
Security & Privacy - Consumer Protection - Statistics & Indicators
In this issue:
IN THE NEWS
OECD estimates economic impact of shutting down Internet and mobile phone services in Egypt
Workshop "Building a Smarter
Health and Wellness Future to be held in Washington, 15-16 February 2011
The current shutdown of Internet and communications services in Egypt will have a pronounced economic impact. It is estimated to have incurred direct costs of at minimum USD 90 million in lost revenues due to blocked telecommunications and Internet services. However, this amount does not include the secondary economic impacts which resulted from a loss of business in other sectors affected by the shutdown of communication services e.g. e-commerce, tourism and call centres.
The OECD (ICCP/WPIE) was engaged in a country review of Egypt’s ICT policies when news broke about the Internet shutdown in Egypt. For more information, see
• Euronews TV feature (available in 10 languages)UPCOMING EVENTS
OECD-NSF Workshop "Building a Smarter Health and Wellness Future", to be held in Washington, 15-16 February 2011
This invitation-only workshop to be held in Washington, DC will review how new high-speed and mobile applications, connected devices, social networks, and related cutting-edge smart technological developments can provide unique and unprecedented opportunities for developing an environment and services that can help address the health and wellness challenges of our ageing society, stimulating collaboration and innovation on a global scale.
online and mobile
payments services have emerged in recent years. Despite the benefits
such systems may bring, a number of issues need to be resolved to
improve the consumer experience in the marketplace.
Level Meeting on “The Internet Economy: Generating
Innovation and Growth” in Paris, OECD on 28-29 June 2011
The ICCP Committee will be holding a High Level Meeting on “The Internet Economy: Generating Innovation and Growth” in Paris on 28-29 June 2011. The aim of the meeting is to reach a consensus on how best to ensure the continued growth and innovation of the Internet economy. The agenda includes sessions on: broadband access; the role of broadband in innovation , economic growth and social development; balancing policy goals to strengthen growth; and policy making principles for an open Internet. Website to be launched shortly at: www.oecd.org/internet/innovation.
Technology Outlook, November
– networks of
computers infected by malware
critical security threats. Based on the analysis of 109 billion spam
this working paper considers whether ISPs can be critical control
botnet mitigation, how the
number of infected machines varies
across ISPs and why.
ICTs and Green Growth, September 2010
WPISP-WPIE Roundtable -- The Economics of Personal Data and Privacy: 30 Years after the OECD Privacy Guidelines, December 2010
The third and final event marking the 30th anniversary of the OECD Privacy Guidelines, this Roundtable examined the economic dimensions of personal data and privacy. Participants considered how data generates value to individuals, organisations, and society more broadly. More particularly, it has focused on understanding the uses and value of personal data in the private sector, as well as the emergence of a privacy profession and other issues related to the business of privacy.
OECD Conference -- The Evolving Role of the Individual in Privacy Protection: 30 Years after the OECD Privacy Guidelines, Jerusalem, October 2010
Hosted by the
Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority, and with opening
speeches by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and OECD Deputy
Secretary-General Richard Boucher, the
conference focused on the
changing role of individual for privacy.
The main sessions focused on: (I) The Individual as Creator and
Disseminator of Personal Data (II) Aggregation, Analytics, Identity and
the Individual (III) Awareness, Choice and the Individual, and (IV)
Innovations in Privacy Protection.
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