Internet’s Future to be Discussed at OECD Digital Economy Ministerial

Digital GlobeThe rapid increase of information and communications technologies (ICT) and online participation compels us to consider the potentially transformative effects of technology on a broad range of socially beneficial, data driven applications. The upcoming 2016 OECD Digital Economy Ministerial in Cancún is an opportunity to think about the path forward and continue to promote these transformative opportunities in an open, transparent, responsible and inclusive manner, respecting both individual rights and freedoms and the rule of law.

Contributing actively to the development of the next OECD Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP) Ministerial Declaration, a delegation from the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD led by USCIB ICT Committee Chair Joe Alhadeff is raising business concerns about the future of the digital economy. The drafting session for the Ministerial Declaration, a multi-stakeholder consultation process also including advisory members of the technical community, has progressed substantially from the first draft in September. The next version of the consensus-built OECD CDEP Ministerial Statement will be available during the next CDEP meetings from March 29 to April 1.

Please read “Enabling a Vibrant Digital Economy” by USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson for more information on USCIB’s involvement in the Digital Economy Ministerial.

Staff Contact:   Barbara Wanner

VP, ICT Policy & Managing Director, Washington Office
Tel: 202.617.3155

Barbara Wanner directs USCIB’s work on information, communications and technology issues. She works with members and government officials on a wide range of international business issue that include advocating for the continuation of the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance and for policies aimed at promoting the stability, openness and innovative flexibility of the Internet. She represents USCIB members’ interests in several international forums, including the UN, APEC and the OECD.
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