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The Role of Internet Intermediaries in Advancing Public Policy Objectives

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This book presents a comprehensive view of Internet intermediaries, their economic and social function, development and prospects, benefits and costs, and roles and responsibilities. Divided into three parts, Part I, The Economic and Social Role of Internet Intermediaries, develops a common definition and understanding of what Internet intermediaries are, of their economic function and economic models, of recent market developments, and discusses the economic and social uses that these actors satisfy. Part II, The Role of Internet Intermediaries in Advancing Public Policy Objectives, examines the roles and responsibilities of Internet intermediaries in advancing public policy objectives, as well as the costs and benefits of their involvement through a series of case studies. Part III provides a summary of an experts workshop that identified lessons learned and best practices from the experience to date of Internet intermediaries in advancing public policy objectives.

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Main points emerging from the OECD Workshop on “The Role of Internet Intermediaries in Advancing Public Policy Objectives”

As the Internet has grown to permeate all aspects of the economy and society, so too has the role of Internet intermediaries that bring together or facilitate interactions, transactions or activities between third parties on the Internet. Internet intermediaries influence and determine access to and choice between online information, services and goods. They provide tools that enable users to access information and provide new opportunities for social activities, speech and citizen participation.

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