Promoting policies for the Internet economy: Discussion of the most recent OECD Recommendations

9 November 2012 - A Open Forum on Internet Governance Principles in Baku, Azerbaijan


The OECD has specialized in advancing policy recommendations, i.e. norms that become standards without being legally binding. This approach has proven most effective in facilitating dynamic development, future innovation and in including different stakeholder groups.

The objective of this Open Forum is to present and discuss the most recent OECD recommendations. The recommendations that will be discussed in this year's OECD Open Forum include:

• The Council Recommendation on Internet Policy-Making Principles (December 2011)
• The Council Recommendation on the Protection of Children Online (February 2012)
• The Council Recommendation on International Mobile Roaming Services (February 2012)

The OECD's work, over the previous year, has been marked by the development of principles for Internet policy making. These principles are aimed at assisting policymakers preserve the fundamental openness of the Internet and protect the free flow of online information, while ensuring that privacy, children, intellectual property and security are adequately protected. Under this umbrella, the OECD Council adopted two more specific recommendations.

The Council Recommendation on the Protection of Children Online that was adopted in February 2012 puts forward a new set of principles that are based on evidence-based policy making to help governments protect minors online. The Council Recommendation on International Mobile Roaming, which was also adopted in February 2012, sets out principles with the aim to increase competition and reduce high international mobile roaming prices, including for Internet access while users are abroad.

The desired outcome of this Open Forum is (i) a discussion of these OECD recommendations in a multi-stakeholder and global setting that, in particular, takes priorities and concerns of emerging and developing countries into account and (ii) the elaboration of a muli-stakeholder approach towards the development and implementation of these recommendations.