Submitted Proposals

Organization: OECD
Title :
16. Digital Content Strategies and Policies
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

The OECD proposes to host an IGF workshop on digital broadband content developments and strategies and associated policies. Policy principles have been developed by the OECD to underpin digital content development, access and use, and to provide and inform the context for policy discussion, analysis, review and development. The digital content principles are grouped under three main themes which provide a framework for discussion at the Workshop: 1) Promoting an enabling environment, 2) Enhancing the infrastructure and 3) Fostering the business and regulatory climate (refer question 4 greater detail on each of these areas)
Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.

The panel will include:
  • Mark Carvell, Assistant Director, International Communications Policy, United Kingdom Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform,  
  • Venkata Rao, Sify Corp (Indian Internet company),
  • David Fares, Vice President, Government Relations,
  • Santosh Anoo,  Deloitte Consulting India Pvt. Limited, Head of Strategy and Operations,  
  • Nicklas Lundblad, Google,
  • Representative from Consumers International

Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.

The OECD brings together 30 governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy from around the world. The OECD also shares expertise and exchanges views with more than 100 other countries. In May 2007, OECD countries agreed to invite Chile, Estonia, Israel, Russia and Slovenia to open discussions for membership of the Organisation and offered enhanced engagement, with a view to possible membership, to Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa.

The OECD has worked with a wide variety of stakeholder communities on the subject of Digital Content to prepare its digital content principles. This includes business, organised labour, civil society and academia including in a series of workshops. Partners will be drawn from these communities to organise the workshop and the panel.
Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
Yes.  The workshop would enable discussion of principles for digital content creation, distribution and use in a multi-stakeholder process including: 1) Promoting an enabling environment. For example, encouraging a creative environment that stimulates market and non-market digital content creation, dissemination, and preservation of all kinds, policies which facilitate R&D and innovation in digital content creation, dissemination, and preservation, and addressing shortages in skills, training, education and human resource development for the creation, distribution and use of innovative digital content. 2) Enhancing the infrastructure. For example, policies that encourage investment in new network infrastructure, software, content and applications, and policies that promote digital content creation and enhance accessibility by and for all people. 3) Fostering the business and regulatory climate. For example, policies supporting non-discriminatory business and policy frameworks that reinforce competition; policies that recognise the rights and interests of creators and users, in areas such as the protection of intellectual property rights, while encouraging innovative e-business models. 
Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
The workshop on Digital Content Strategies and Policies conforms with the following IGF themes: Access, Diversity (especially a multilingual and multicultural Internet) and Openness, and more broadly with the ideas of fostering access to content and knowledge and capacity-building. It also conforms with the following goals of the IGF mandate: fostering the development of the Internet, facilitating the discourse between bodies dealing with different cross-cutting international public policies regarding the Internet (including from OECD and developing countries), making recommendations and contributing to capacity building.
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?
  • The OECD organised a workshop on its anti-spam tookit at the IGF in Athens, 2006. 
  • The OECD organised an Open Forum on malware at the Rio de Janeiro IGF, 2007. A report was submitted on the Malware Forum and is available online on the IGF Website.