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ABOUT THE DIGITAL ECONOMY : A SUSTAINABLE INTERNET REQUIRES A MODEL OF COLLABORATION THAT INCLUDES ALL STAKEHOLDERS SAYS KATHY BROWN, PRESIDENT & CEO OF THE INTERNET SOCIETY.

 

 

Stakeholder Input is Key to Advancing Digital EconomyPolicies Say Groups at OECD Ministerial Meeting

Cancun, Mexico– June 21, 2016 –Input from multiple stakeholders is critical for policy decisions needed to advance the digital economy, say groups representing business, civil society, the technical community, and trade unionswho met during the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy, 21-23 June 2016 in Cancun, Mexico.

 

More than 500 people representing the Business and Industry Advisory (BIAC), the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council (CSISAC), the Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) and the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD, met during the Ministerial Meeting to reinforce the message to policy makers and the OECD that collaboration between multiple stakeholders brings legitimacy and tangible benefits to digital policies that pave the way towards an open and inclusive global economy.

 

“The growth of the digital economy brings both opportunities and risks for societies. Good policies and regulatory frameworks must ensure quality jobs with fair wages, upskilling, fair industrial re-structuring processes and responsible rules and standards for investment, taxation and competition. Social dialogue and workers’ voices represented through trade unions will be essential to manage the changes being brought about for the good of all,” said John Evans, General Secretary of the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC).

 

Marc Rotenberg, member of the CSISAC Civil Society Council, said the association of civil society organizations appreciates the opportunities for dialogue that the OECD Ministerial meeting provides.  “While there is still more work to be done in support of the goals set out in the Seoul Declaration, we are making progress. Continued constructive dialogue with the representatives of the OECD member countries is key” he said.

 

“Most important, a balanced approach toward the future of the digital economy is necessary. It should work with the interconnected network of policy tools and frameworks that impact development in infrastructure, investment, innovation, intellectual capital, information flows and integration,” outlined Bernhard Welschke, Secretary General of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD.

 

Speaking on behalf of the Internet Technical Advisory Committee, Kathy Brown (ITAC), President and CEO of the Internet Society, explained “a sustainable Internet, which is the foundation of the digital economy, requires a model of collaboration that includes all stakeholders. Meetings such as these demonstrate that different stakeholder groups working together help strengthen the open, global and trusted Internet – and in turn, the future of our networked economies.”