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OECD Information and Communication Policy News - May 2008


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May 2008
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

Ministers from more than 40 countries will discuss issues associated with the future of the Internet economy with global business leaders, technical experts and academics, in order to agree on new ways to improve global co-ordination and co-operation at the OECD Ministerial meeting on "Future of the Internet Economy" in Seoul, Korea, from Tuesday 17 to Wednesday 18 June 2008.

To date more than 800 people have registered for the Ministerial. The deadline for registering to participate in the meeting is 30 May 2008. This conference is open to the media. Latest news on the Ministerial can be found at this page.

Some confirmed speakers:

Mr. Eric BESSON, Minister of State for the Development of the Digital Economy, France

Ms. Leslie DAIGLE, Chief Technology Officer, ISOC

Mr. Hélio COSTA, Minister, Ministry of Communications, Brazil

Mr. Josh SILVERMAN, CEO, Skype

Mr. David A. GROSS, Ambassador, Department of State, United States

Ms. Anriette ESTERHUYSEN, Executive Director, APC Mr. Stephen CONROY, Minister,  Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Australia Mr. Naoyuki AKIKUSA, Chairman, Fujitsu Ms. Liv-Signe NAVARSETE, Minister, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Norway Mr. Shri A. RAJA, Union Minister, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, India
OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and See Joong Choi, Chairman of the Korea Communications Commission and chair of the meeting, will open the conference at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday 17 June 2008 at the COEX centre. [more]

OECD Ministerial : Non-Governmental Stakeholder Forums, 16 June 2008

The agendas for the three non-governmental stakeholder Forums which will take place at the COEX centre in Seoul, Korea on 16 June are available online. Check the online programme for business, civil society and organised labour, and Internet technical community Forums.

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:

  • Broadband Growth and Policies in OECD Countries (May 2008): New OECD statistics show broadband subscriptions grew 18% in 2007 but there is more that can be done. This report is based on the broadband strategies of all 30 OECD countries and highlights innovative policies and developments. The report also identifies areas of weakness which need to be addressed.
  • Scoping Paper on Online Identity Theft (May 2008): Online Identity theft has been identified by many as the fastest growing crime of the 21st Century. The Scoping Paper examines the scope and scale of the issue, recommending the development of adequate law enforcement countermeasures to prevent, detect and deter it.
  • Re-making the movies (May 2008): Digital Content and the Evolution of the Film and Video Industries: The film and video industries are being transformed by digitisation of the value chain and development of new business models. Digital cinema is the most recent stage, further transforming creation, access to and use of video content. Film and video are increasingly global and policies must adapt to global developments.

OECD broadband statistics

The number of broadband subscriber in the OECD reached 235 million by December 2007, an increase of 18% from 200 million subscribers in December 2006. This growth increased broadband penetration rates to 20.0 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, up from 16.9 in December 2006.

  • Denmark, the Netherlands, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Finland, Korea and Sweden lead the OECD with broadband penetration well above the OECD average, each surpassing the 30 subscribers per 100 inhabitants threshold.
  • The strongest per-capita subscriber growth over the year was in Luxembourg, Germany and Ireland. Each country added more than 5 subscribers per 100 inhabitants during the past year. On average, the OECD area growth increased by 3 subscribers per 100 inhabitants over the year.
  • The upgrade to fibre-based connections continues in the OECD. Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and Fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) subscriptions comprise 8% of all broadband connections in the OECD. Fiber connections account for 40% of all Japanese broadband subscriptions and 34% in Korea.
  • The United States is the largest broadband market in the OECD with 69.9 million subscribers. US broadband subscribers represent 30% of all broadband connections in the OECD.


Workshop on ICTs and Environmental Challenges (22-23 May 2008)

The OECD and the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, National IT and Telecom Agency are hosting a Workshop on ICTs and Environmental Challenges in Copenhagen. The workshop contributes to the preparation of the OECD Seoul Ministerial and the United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2009 (COP15, Copenhagen, Denmark). Live webcasts at

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