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OECD Information and Communication Policy News - June 2008 - Special Edition


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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

"How can the Internet make the world a better place?" This is the question OECD is asking the public on YouTube, the leading online video community, at

YouTube users can share their opinion with the leaders and opinion shapers attending the OECD
Ministerial meeting on "The Future of the Internet Economy” in Seoul, Korea on 17-18 June 2008.

OECD and YouTube invite you to participate:



Mr. Angel GURRIA, Secretary-General of the OECD


Mr. Vinton G. CERF, Vice President & Chief Internet Evangelist for Google


Mr. JYP and Ms. J. LIM, celebrity singers from South Korea

The best videos uploaded to will be shown to ministers and VIPs at the event. They will be invited to react and their answers will be uploaded on YouTube during the meeting.

Recent Reports

Analytical reports intended as background for the Ministerial meeting are being released over the next few weeks. Those available in this newsletter include:

  • A Policy Brief on the Future of the Internet Economy: Major changes are affecting the scope and scale of the Internet. As a result, the Internet is increasingly high on the policy agenda in many OECD and non-OECD countries. This Policy Brief reviews likely future developments in the Internet economy and how policy-makers can help the Internet to adapt to evolving requirements caused by convergence, continue to drive innovation, and be trustworthy.
  • Convergence and Next Generation Networks: OECD has just issued a new report on convergence and next generation networks and their potential impact on policies and regulations. The report addresses issues of competition in the new fibre environment, convergence of video, voice and data services, the rapid growth of new technologies, such as HDTV and mobile television, and the related demand for spectrum, as well as new possible "divides" between urban and rural areas created by the uneven development of high-speed fibre networks.
  • Consumer empowerment in communication services: Improving the ability of consumers to choose between competing suppliers is important for well functioning markets. The report examines how to increase market flexibility for consumers in communication services, and improve access to information.
  • Development of Policies for Protection of Critical Information Infrastructures: Some information systems are critical because their disruption or destruction would have a serious impact on the economic well-being of citizens or the effective functioning of government or the economy. Based on two studies conducted in 2006 and 2007, this OECD report analyses security policies to protect critical information infrastructures in Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • Malicious Software (Malware): A Security Threat to the Internet Economy: Malware has evolved from occasional “exploits” to a multi-million dollar criminal industry. This report informs policy makers about the evolution and impact of malware, as well as the counter-measures being taken. It concludes with suggestions for greater co-operation across the various international communities addressing malware.
  • Broadband and the Economy: Broadband and networked ICTs are diffusing rapidly, but there are significant differences in use among countries, sectors and firms, and their impacts are only beginning to be felt. Broadband and networked ICTs are important in meeting health, demographic and environmental challenges, and policy plays an important role in expanding their use and enhancing their impact.

Measuring the Information Society

Key ICT indicators

About Us

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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