OECD Resources on Policy Issues related to Internet Governance

This site, www.oecd.org/InternetGovernance, presents the OECD’s contributions in several critical public policy areas related to the Internet; such as security, privacy, telecommunication policy, universal access, consumer protection, e-commerce, and broader information economy issues. It provides links to the relevant OECD resources on public policy issues related to Internet governance.The OECD prepared a report as an input to the United Nations Working Group on Internet Governance in 2005, available as a user-friendly e-book or as a PDF document. This report i) presents an overview of the major benefits that the developments of the Internet and ICTs provide to both OECD economies and non-OECD countries’ economies; ii) briefly reviews the evolution of the Internet and the parallel evolution of Internet governance from the 1960s until today; iii) provides the OECD’s perspective on the factors that were instrumental to the successful development of the Internet; and iv) finally, provides information on the relevant work conducted by the OECD on policy issues related to Internet governance as per the “Internet governance” public policy areas identified by the U.N. Working Group on Internet Governance.Background informationDiscussions in the 2003 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) on the international management of the Internet and the role of all stakeholders triggered increased attention on Internet governance and led to the creation of a Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) by the United Nations Secretary-General. The main activity of the WGIG was “to investigate and make proposals for action, as appropriate, on the governance of Internet by 2005.” The WGIG was asked to present the result of its work in a report “for consideration and appropriate action for the second phase of the WSIS in Tunis 2005.”The final declaration of WSIS has created the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The United Nations Secretary-General has started the process of convening this new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue: the The OECD has sent a letter concerning the potential contribution of the OECD to the IGF and was present during the first meeting in Athens.Internet GovernanceThe issues related to Internet Governance are broad, and involve infrastructure, security, stability, privacy, intellectual property rights, national sovereignty (country domain names for example), etc. These issues have potentially wide-ranging social, economic and security implications.

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