Digital economy

The Role of Internet Intermediaries in Advancing Public Policy Objectives




Pages: 200
September 2011
ISBN 978-92-64-11563-7




This book presents a comprehensive view of Internet intermediaries, their economic and social function, development and prospects, benefits and costs, and roles and responsibilities.

Part I, The Economic and Social Role of Internet Intermediaries, develops a common definition and understanding of what Internet intermediaries are, of their economic function and economic models, of recent market developments, and discusses the economic and social uses that these actors satisfy.

Part II, The Role of Internet Intermediaries in Advancing Public Policy Objectives, examines the roles and responsibilities of Internet intermediaries in advancing public policy objectives, as well as the costs and benefits of their involvement through a series of case studies.

Part III provides a summary of an expert workshop that identified lessons learned and best practices from the experience to date of Internet intermediaries in advancing public policy objectives.


Table of contents

Executive summary (download)

Part I: The economic and social role and legal responsibilities of Internet intermediaries

  • Chapter 1. Internet intermediaries: Definitions, economic models and role in the value chain
  • Chapter 2. Developments in Internet intermediary markets
  • Chapter 3. Social and economic purposes of Internet intermediaries
  • Chapter 4. The legal responsibilities of Internet intermediaries, their business practices and self- or co-regulatory codes

Part II: Case studies in different policy areas

  • Chapter 5. Global free flow of information
  • Chapter 6. ISPs and malicious software (malware) security threats
  • Chapter 7. Illegal content and child-inappropriate content
  • Chapter 8. Illegal Internet gambling
  • Chapter 9. Copyright infringement
  • Chapter 10. Online marketplaces and the sale of counterfeit goods
  • Chapter 11. Consumer protection in e-commerce payments

Part III: June 2010 OECD Workshop on “The Role of Internet Intermediaries in Advancing Public Policy Objectives”

Annex A. Examples of issues related to the role of Internet intermediaries
Annex B. Transposition of the 2000 EC E-commerce Directive into national law and transposition of the Directive on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society of May 2001


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