Submitted Proposals

Organization: OECD
Title :
73. OECD: "Outcomes of the OECD Ministerial meeting on The Future of the Internet Economy"
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

The OECD held a Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy in Seoul Korea (17-18 June 2008), in conjunction with three non-governmental stakeholder Forums (16 June 2008). The Seoul Ministerial, the first such OECD event in Asia, attracted 2300 participants. This included the President of Korea and the Korean Prime Minister together with some 22 Ministers, 8 Deputy or Vice-Ministers and 25 Ambassadors from 43 countries, along with leaders from the private sector, the Internet technical community, organised labour and civil society. The Ministerial meeting and forums outcomes are available at: At the 3rd IGF an Open Forum will be held, to report and discuss the main outcomes from the OECD Ministerial Meeting and Forums, where they relate to the themes of the Internet Governance Forum. In respect to governance this would also include a discussion of the multi-stakeholder participation in public policy processes as developed in the context of the OECD Ministerial. 

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 includes representatives of the stakeholder groups participating in the Ministerial.

Chair: Ambassador David Gross, Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, United States 


  • OECD member country representative: Peter Voss, Head of Division, International Policy for Information & Communication Technologies, Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Germany
  • OECD member country representative: Tom Walker, Director Europe and International, BERR, United Kingdom
  • Non-member economy representative: Gulshan Rai, Director at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, India 
  • Business: Joseph H. Alhadeff, Vice President for Global Public Policy and Chief Privacy Officer, Oracle Corporation (United States), Chair of BIAC's Information, Computer and Communication (ICCP) Committee, Vice Chair of ICC's Commission on E-Business, IT and Telecoms.
  • Civil Society: Katitza Rodríguez Pereda, Public Voice Coordinator.
  • Internet technical community: Bill Graham, Strategic Global Engagement, Office of the President, Internet Society (ISOC).
  • Organised labour: Marcus Courtney, Head of Department, UNI Telecom Global Union.
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.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development: 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. Non-governmental stakeholder communities that took part in the OECD Ministerial meeting and stakeholder forums: 

  • Business : The Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has coordinated the involvement of several global business organizations in the Ministerial including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Information Technology Association of America/ World Information Technology and Services Alliance (ITAA/WITSA), Global Business Dialogue on Electronic Commerce (GBDe), Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC), and Federation of Korean Industries (FKI). The Business Stakeholder Forum has presented a vision for the future Internet, focusing on fostering growth, investment and innovation throughout the entire Internet ecosystem for the benefit of Internet users and society in the broadest possible manner. In laying out the road to 2018, participants at the Forum have discussed: The Converging Economy: Growth Models for Connectivity, Services and Devices; Creativity Innovation and the Participative Web; Enhancing and Ensuring Confidence and what governments need to do to make the vision a reality.
  • Internet technical community: Acting as a liaison, the Internet Society (ISOC) coordinates the participation of 17 major technical organizations [1] in the preparation of the ministerial conference, as well as in the OECD’s work relating to Internet issues that follows the 2008 ministerial. The Internet technical community is actively engaged in the preparation of the OECD ministerial conference. The organizations participating come from a wide range of entities from around the world. They work with governments, national and international organizations, civil society and the private sector to pursue their objectives in a collaborative and inclusive manner. While each has its own mission and its own role to play, the Internet technical organizations are motivated by a common vision of an open and accessible Internet bringing shared economic and social benefits to all the world’s citizens in the future.
  • Civil society: Civil society is active in promoting Internet governance models and policies supporting openness, diversity, democracy and respect for human rights. Key policy issues discussed at the OECD Civil Society Forum include Internet human and political dimensions, open standards, network neutrality, access to knowledge, preservation of the public domain, privacy, and consumer protection online. The preparation of the forum was conducted through a large international participation in the framework of the Public Voice coalition, and was coordinated by a reference group, composed of the Association for Progressive Communications, Consumers Korea, European Digital Rights Initiative, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Internet Governance Project, Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue, and Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic.

[1] List of Internet technical organizations involved :

Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
Yes, in that it is sharing the outcomes of a Ministerial meeting, which has aspects directly relevant to Internet governance and the IGF as well as providing an opportunity to discuss and share perspectives of the stakeholder communities that participated in and contributed to the process (see above). 
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 OECD Ministerial Meeting and its outcomes closely relate to several of the main IGF themes for 2008 such as “Universalisation of the Internet”, “Managing the Internet” and “Global cooperation for Internet security and stability”. The Seoul Declaration from the Ministerial contains commitments from Governments across a broad range of policy domains related to the Internet and its role in our economies and societies.  Outcomes from stakeholder forums included policies principles touching upon relevant aspects of the current and future Internet, and more broadly of the Internet Economy.   The proposed Open Forum is, therefore, in line with the main themes of the IGF in 2008, and with the overall goals of the Forum as established in Tunis: fostering the development of the Internet, facilitating the discourse between bodies dealing with different cross-cutting international public policies regarding the Internet, making policy 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 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.