The Future of the Internet Economy - OECD Ministerial Meeting
Seoul, S.Korea - The Ministerial represents an ideal opportunity to consider social, economic and technological trends shaping the development of the Internet Economy, and to discuss policies that can provide an enabling environment for the future.
Venue: Seoul, Korea
Contact Information: OECD
Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry
Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy
2, rue André Pascal 75775 Paris Cedex 16 France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 45 24 82 00
Fax: +33 (0) 1 44 30 62 59
Email: [email protected]
Description/Theme: Context and objectives of the Ministerial meeting:
In 1998, as the Internet was emerging in mainstream activity, the OECD convened a Ministerial Conference on E-Commerce in Ottawa, Canada. That meeting established policies in areas such as privacy, security, taxation and consumer policy, that have been instrumental in nurturing online activity. More fundamentally, it pioneered a multi-stakeholder approach to addressing Internet-related issues.
Ten years later, the online world is at another critical juncture. Major changes in Internet use will affect how the Internet Economy develops: previously distinct networks that provide critical communication functions are now converging towards the Internet; our daily reliance on the Internet for commercial and social activity is increasing; and the integrity of the network is tested daily by severe and sophisticated attacks.
Each of these factors represents a significant shift in the use and functionality of the Internet collectively, they represent a major transition in the evolution of the Internet and the economic system that has developed around it. At such a point, policies need to be carefully crafted and co-ordinated across policy domains, borders and various stakeholder communities. The implications for economic and social activities are far-reaching and profound, including for the next several billion users.
Guiding principles for the Internet economy over the next decade are needed. The Ministerial represents an ideal opportunity for government, business, the technical community, and civil society to consider social, economic and technological trends shaping the development of the Internet Economy, and to discuss policies that can provide an enabling environment for the future.