The Internet Economy on the Rise

Progress since the Seoul Declaration

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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.



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.


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