The Internet Economy on the Rise

The Internet Economy on the Rise

Progress since the Seoul Declaration You do not have access to this content

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20 Sep 2013
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This publication reviews progress made since the 2008 OECD Seoul Declaration for the Future of the Internet Economy and identifies areas for future work. Seven themes are addressed in the work as follows:

  1. High-speed infrastructure
  2. Digital content and green ICTs
  3. The development of smarter applications
  4. Cybersecurity and privacy
  5. Consumer empowerment and protection
  6. An open Internet economy
  7. Global participation for development.

Overall, the review shows that the Internet economy has now reached a point where it has become a new source of growth, with the potential to boost the whole economy, to foster innovation, competitiveness and user participation, and to contribute effectively to the prosperity of society as a whole.

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  • Preface

    Governments around the world are seeking to find new sources of growth, create jobs and improve the well-being of their citizens. The Internet economy represents an enormous opportunity to do just that.

  • Foreword

    Ministers participating in the 2008 Seoul Ministerial meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy adopted a Declaration ("the Seoul Declaration"), in which they identified future work for the OECD aimed i) to carry out further analysis of the Internet economy and, based on this analysis; ii) to develop regulatory principles, guidelines and other instruments to promote the future development of the Internet economy. In addition, Ministers emphasised the need to further investigate the role of the Internet and related information and communication technologies (ICTs) in addressing global challenges, such as climate change. Ministers mandated the OECD to review the Seoul Declaration within three years after its adoption.

  • List of abbreviations
  • Declaration for the Future of the Internet Economy (The Seoul Declaration)
  • The Seoul Declaration: An overview of progress made and recommendations for future work

    This chapter provides a synthesis of the recommendations set out in the Seoul Declaration and an overview of developments and progress made in implementing them at national and international levels since the Declaration was adopted in 2008. It sheds light on policy issues that have arisen or have increased in scale or scope since the Declaration and makes recommendations for further work.

  • Access to the Internet via high-speed infrastructure

    This chapter looks at developments in access to and use of the Internet through highspeed infrastructure. It addresses a number of issues as set out in the Seoul Declaration and makes policy recommendations and suggestions for further work in this area. Specifically, the chapter provides an overview of progress in expanding access to networks and attaining greatest practical national coverage; creating a market-friendly environment for investment and competition; benefitting from convergence; encouraging the adoption of IPv6; encouraging a more efficient use of radio spectrum; and improving measurement and statistical instruments.

  • Innovation and sustainability: Digital content and green ICTs

    This chapter focuses on two areas of innovation and sustainability identified as important in the Seoul Declaration: digital content and ‘green’ information and communication technologies (ICTs). Regarding digital content, issues addressed include: the development of digital content markets, local content, public sector information, the role of Internet intermediaries, and intellectual property rights. In the context of green ICTs, issues addressed include: resource efficient ICTs, sensor-based networks, and smart ICT applications such as smart grids.

  • Empowering and protecting consumers

    This chapter provides an overview of developments since the Seoul Declaration in business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce – at both domestic and international levels – and identifies some remaining obstacles to its expansion. It focuses on a selected number of issues that raise important ongoing and emerging consumer concerns that require attention. These include complex legal landscapes; inadequate information disclosure; fraudulent and misleading commerce practices; geographical restrictions; privacy concerns; and inadequate dispute resolution and redress.

  • Global participation in the Internet economy

    This chapter looks at key elements of the Internet economy, as well as new developments and innovation models, and how these can contribute to the development of the Internet economy in developing and emerging countries. It also looks at the skills that are already available and those that are needed.

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