OECD Ministerial meeting on “Future of the Internet Economy”, Seoul, Korea, 17-18 June 2008


16/05/2008 - Hundreds of millions of people use the Internet to bank online, connect with friends via social networking sites and download music and video. International corporations, from retailers and electricity companies to financial services and outsourcing firms, depend on the Internet for their business. But major challenges remain to ensure the future of the Internet economy, from security and competition issues to strengthening its role in enhancing social and economic development. 

Ministers from more than 40 countries will discuss these issues with global business leaders, technical experts and academics in order to agree 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. This conference is open to the media.

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and See Joong Choi, Korea Communications Commission Chairman and chair of the meeting, will open the conference at 09.30 AM on Tuesday 17 June 2008 at the COEX centre.

They will also present the findings of the meeting at a closing press conference at 4.20 PM on Wednesday 18 June 2008. Vint Cerf, Google; Peter Robinson, US Council for International Business; and Anriette Esterhuysen, Association for Progressive Communications will also attend.

Details of other media briefings will be made available on the conference website in the coming weeks.

Confirmed speakers to date include:
• Ministers from most OECD countries and from others including Brazil, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Slovenia and South Africa;
• Kevin Martin, Chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission;
• Vivane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media;
• Paul Aiello, CEO, StarTV (News Corporation);
• Naoyuki Akikusa, Chairman, Fujitsu;
• Mitchell Baker, Chairman, Mozilla Foundation
• Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO, Research In Motion;
• Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google;
• Barbara Dalibard, Executive Vice-President Orange Business Services and CEO Equant, France Telecom;
• Professor Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law School;
• José María Alvarez Pallete, CEO, Telefonica Latinamerica;
• Subramanian Ramadorai, CEO, Tata Consultancy Services;
• Josh Silverman, CEO, Skype;
• Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General, International Telecommunication Union;
• Paul Twomey, President/CEO, ICANN;
• Katsuaki Watanabe, President and Representative Director, Toyota.

Three Stakeholder Forums, organised respectively by business, the Internet technical community, and Civil Society/TUAC, will also take place in Seoul the day before the Ministerial, on 16 June 2008. Full details are available on the conference website.

To cover the ministerial meeting, journalists should register for accreditation here.

The latest agenda is available at

For further information, journalists should visit the conference website at or contact Spencer Wilson in OECD’s  Media Division (email:  spencer.wilson @ ; tel. + 33 1 45 24 81 18).




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