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2016 OECD Ministerial on the Digital Economy:
Innovation, Growth and Social Prosperity


This high-level meeting in June 2011 built upon the OECD Ministerial Meeting on The Future of the Internet Economy held in Seoul, Korea in June 2008. Drawing together leaders from all stakeholder communities, this new meeting aimed to continue fostering the development of the Internet economy and to reach a consensus on adopting shared principles for an open Internet economy, through the exchange of best practices in the areas of:


  • Supply: encouraging the extension of high-capacity communication networks to reach maximum national coverage and provide access at affordable prices.
  • Demand: fostering the use of the Internet in critical areas (health, education, transport, energy) in order to increase efficiency.
  • Measurement: benchmarking developments in high-capacity communication networks and quantifying the Internet’s impact on the economy in order to facilitate evidence-based policies. 
  • Principles for an open Internet: encouraging countries to follow a number of basic principles for Internet policy ensuring that the Internet remains open and dynamic.


Speakers included OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, Ministers from Brazil, France, Australia, the United Kingdom and business leaders from the Internet economy – including Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf (ARIN).  Their goal: to establish the framework to ensure the continued and innovative growth of an open Internet economy through multi-stakeholder co-operation.



The Internet is now widely considered a fundamental infrastructure in OECD countries, in much of the same way as electricity, water, and transportation networks. The Internet began as an important tool for improving communication but has transformed into a general purpose technology supporting all sectors across the economy. 

Watch Taylor Reynolds of the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry talk about how the Internet is changing the world.

Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, and one of the founders of the Internet, talks about the three big issues facing the Internet and some of the exciting developments happening now. 



Tim Berners-Lee, Director of the World Wide Web Consortium and inventor of the World Wide Web, talks about the challenges ahead and why an open Internet is key to its continuing success.