Digital economy

IGF Open Forum on “principles for an open Internet"


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30 September 2011, 9:00-10:30,

Workshop Room 5 (Conference Room #12), United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON), Kenya




The openness of the Internet has been a key factor in stimulating innovation and economic growth. At the same time, an open Internet allows people to give voice to their democratic aspirations. Internet policy-making should promote openness and be grounded in respect for human rights and the rule of law. As a global resource there is a common interest among countries to find consensus on how to maintain a vibrant and open Internet economy and to exchange views on best practice.

The OECD’s High-Level Meeting on the Internet Economy on 28-29 June 2011 discussed the openness of the Internet and how best to ensure the continued growth and innovation of the Internet economy. The respective roles of industry, self- and co-regulatory and regulatory initiatives were also discussed.

The main outcome of the High-Level Meeting was a draft communiqué containing a number of basic principles for Internet policy making whose goal is to help ensure the Internet remains open and dynamic.

This Open Forum follows up on the OECD’s June high level meeting and will discuss these basic principles. The Forum will focus on how to foster the free flow of information globally and how voluntary codes of conduct and multi-stakeholder approaches can contribute to the open Internet economy. It will discuss potential threats and ways to an open Internet for public authorities to address these threats in co-operative ways.




Moderator: Luis Magalhães, Professor, President of the Knowledge Society Agency - UMIC (confirmed)


Chair: Dimitri Ypsilanti, Head of Division, OECD Communications and Consumer Policy Division  (confirmed)


Ambassador Verveer, Ambassador Philip L. Verveer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, State Department, United States (confirmed)

Alice Munyua, Ministry of Information and Communications, Kenya (confirmed)


Rod Beckstrom, President and CEO of ICANN, on behalf of the Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) to the OECD (confirmed)


Anriette Esterhuysen, Chief Executive Officer, Association for Progressive Communications, on behalf of the Civil Society Information Society Council to the OECD (confirmed)

Heather Shaw, Vice President, ICT Policy, United States Council for International Business - USCIB, on behalf of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (confirmed)


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