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|October 2008 issue|
|OECD member countries, the European Community and ministers from Chile, Egypt, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Latvia, Senegal and Slovenia adopted a declaration underlining their commitment to work together to stimulate innovation, competition and investment in information and communications technology. http://www.oecdministerialseoul2008.org
|Their ultimate goal is to build confidence in, and secure the future of, the Internet economy.
The Seoul Declaration came at the close of the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy, held in Seoul, Korea, on 17-18 June 2008. Participants agreed on the need for governments to work closely with business, civil society and technical experts on policies that promote competition, empower and protect consumers, underpin creativity and expand Internet access and use worldwide.
Follow-up to the Seoul Ministerial
The Telecommunications Policy Research Conference
The European Union conference "The Internet of Things. The Internet of the Future"
The 2008 Internet Governance Forum
Updated broadband statistics and new FAQs
The number of broadband subscribers in the OECD reached 251 million by June 2008, an increase of 14% from June 2007. This growth increased broadband penetration rates to 21.3 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, up from 20% in December 2007.
Innovation and Sustainable Growth in a Globalised World
The OECD and the World bank are organising a Joint Conference on Innovation and Sustainable Growth which the OECD and the World Bank which will be held at the OECD headquarters on 18 and morning of 19 November 2008. This event is part of a broader effort for cooperation between the two organisations on innovation and growth issues to develop our combined capacity to study innovation in the context of middle income countries and advice them on best practices.
OECD Joint Conference on Consumer Education
The conference is organised jointly by the OECD Committee on Consumer Policy, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Marrakech Task force on Education for Sustainable Consumption (UN MTF ).
Information Technology Outlook 2008(to be released in December 2008)
Information technology (IT) and broadband are major drivers of research, innovation, economic growth and social change. The 2008 edition of the OECD Information Technology Outlook (to be released in December 2008) analyses recent developments in the IT goods and services industries, and suggests that the outlook is for continued long-term growth, constrained by the current uncertain macroeconomic environment in OECD countries but with somewhat higher growth elsewhere.
An OECD Conference on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change, will be held 27-28 May 2009 in Denmark, hosted by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation – National IT and Telecom Agency. It will bring together policy-makers and major stakeholders and will contribute to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2009 (COP15), as well as to ongoing OECD work on ICTs and the environment. This conference will follow on from the Workshop held in May 2008.
Statistics, including a statistical profile prepared for the June 2008 OECD Ministerial meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy held in Seoul, compares major trends in the diffusion of the Internet across OECD and selected non-OECD countries.
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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