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OECD 2008 Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy

Civil Society - Organized Labour Forum
Making the future of the Internet economy
work for
citizens, consumers and workers

Seoul - Korea June 16
Coex, Grand Ballroom 101, 102

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Organizers ^top
Organized by
  • The Public Voice Coalition (TPV)
  • OECD Civil Society Reference Group
  • The Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC)
OECD Civil Society Reference Group
  • The Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
  • Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC)
  • Consumers Korea
  • European Digital Rights Initiative (EDRI)
  • Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
  • The Internet Governance Project (IGP)
  • Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD)

This forum will address the issues of utmost importance to the people for the benefit of whom the internet economy exists. Prominent advocates from the academic, consumer, development, digital rights, labour, and privacy communities will seek to engage government delegates on topics of relevance to the Ministerial, as well as issues of fundamental concern to their most important constituency.

The forum consists of interactive policy roundtables, covering the future of the Internet from 5 perspectives: the Human and political dimension; Towards a better future – Decent work, social justice and sustainable development in a global internet economy; Fuelling creativity and access to knowledge (A2K); Ensuring consumer and privacy protection and benefitting from convergence.

Program ^top
09:00-09:45 Opening Ceremony: Welcoming remarks and introduction
  • Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center  (USA)
  • Dong Won Suh, Vice President Fair Trade Commission (Korea)
  • Roland Schneider, Trade Union Advisory Committee (Germany)
  • Jaiok Kim, President Consumers Korea (Korea)
09:45-11:00 Policy Roundtable 1: The future of the Internet - The human and political dimension

This roundtable will discuss the human and political dimensions of the future of the Internet economy. 60 years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights in 1948, human rights standards such as human and social development, fundamental freedoms, democracy, equitable participation and non-discrimination, and the rule of law, remain the universal measures for progress and development. This panel will explore how these issues are at stake in the Internet economy.

Chair: Meryem Marzouki, President of European Digital Rights, Senior Researcher, LIP6/PolyTIC-CNRS Laboratory (France)

11:00-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-12:30 Policy Roundtable 2: Benefiting for convergence- net neutrality & innovation and development

How best ensuring full social benefit from convergence and innovation brought by the development of the Internet economy? This question will be at the center of this roundtable discussion. It will examine how the need for full interoperability through open standards may best be satisfied. It will explore the network neutrality concept and applications. It will also discuss the issue of software licensing models.

Chair: Sherwin Siy, Staff Attorney and Director of the Global Knowledge Initiative, Public Knowledge (USA)

12:30-14:30 Lunch Break
14:30-15:30 Policy Roundtable 3: Towards a better future – Decent work, social justice and sustainable development in a global Internet economy

This roundtable will discuss the how the Internet reshapes business organization, employment relations and work through global knowledge sharing, creation and utilization. Moreover, it will discuss policies required to address the challenges brought about by global production networks and the transformation of work and promoting decent work, equity, social justice and sustainable development.

Chair: Dr. Werner Kamppeter, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Korea Cooperation Office, (Korea)

  • Between global market capitalism and virtual solidarity: Trade unions in the Internet Economy.
Keynote speaker: Philip Bowyer, The Deputy Secretary General of UNI 
  • The Internet, global production networks, workers insecurity and workers rights – the Korean experience
Speaker: Roland Schneider, Trade Union Advisory Committee (Germany) Speaker: Yoon Youngmo, Korea Labour & Society Institute, (Korea)
  • Making a global goal a national reality - Policies, strategies and practices for decent work and sustainable development  
15:30-16:30 Policy Roundtable 4: Fueling creativity, access to knowledge (A2K) and the public domain

This roundtable will discuss the promotion of access to knowledge and the preservation of the public domain. It will identify the necessary conditions for the development of the Internet economy to respect and achieve these needs. Impacts of these issues on fundamental freedoms and cultural diversity will also be explored.

Chair: James Love, Director, Knowledge Ecology International (USA)

16:30-16:45 Coffee Break
16:45-17:45 Policy Roundtable 5: Ensuring privacy and consumer protection and building confidence

In addressing consumer and privacy protection, and the need to build consumer confidence, this roundtable will address the most direct stakes of the development of the Internet economy. Fair commercial practices, network security and the prevention of frauds, privacy and data protection, will be at the heart of the discussions. Considering the emergence of social networks and other web 2.0 software, panelists will also explore the need for identity management and reputation preservation.

Chair: Philippa Lawson, Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (Canada)

17:45-18:00 Conclusions: Priority-setting and wrap-up

This session will focus on pulling together the main themes and will seek to prioritize the key current and emerging social, economic, regulatory and political issues of the Civil Society Participation towards the Ministerial.

Chair: Katitza Rodríguez Pereda, Public Voice Coordinator (Perú)

  • Willemien Bax, Deputy Director General BEUC, The European Consumers´ Organisation, Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (Belgium)
19:00 Welcome reception organized by the Government of Korea

Registration ^top
Civil Society Documents ^top
  • Civil Society Participation in the OECD Ministerial Meeting: Act now, Participate online               
  • Civil society participation at OECD
  • Statement presented by Anriette Esterhuysen of the Association for Progressive Communications at the closing of OECD ministerial conference on the future internet economy, 18 June 2008
  • The Future of the Internet Economy. OECD Ministerial meeting, Seoul, Korea, 17-18 June 2008
    A commentary by Nigel Waters, Australian Privacy Foundation and Consumers Federation of Australia
  • Report from Laura Neuman regarding Atlanta Declaration and Plan of Action. Declaration and Plan of Action.pdf  In July, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter forwarded the Atlanta Declaration and Plan of Action for the Advancement of the Right to Information to all heads of state and leaders of the major international organizations and financial institutions. President Carter urged these leaders to ensure the right of access to information and its implementation and enforcement.  The Atlanta Declaration and Plan of Action (please see attached) was the product of the Carter Center’s International Conference on the Right to Public Information, held February 27-29, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director of EPIC joined the more than 125 participants, representing governments, civil society, international organizations and financial institutions, private sector, donors and scholars, from 40 countries whomet to discuss the successes and future challenges to the establishment of a right of access to information.
    The Atlanta Declaration and Plan of Action, serving as a framework for advancing this human right, finds that access to information is fundamental to dignity, equity and peace with justice, and that a lack of access to information disproportionately affects the poor, women and other vulnerable and marginalized societies.  The Declaration calls on all states and intergovernmental organizations to enact legislation and instruments for the exercise, full implementation and effective enforcement of this right. It further encourages all stakeholders to take concrete steps to establish, develop, protect and promote the right of access to information. The Declaration is available in Spanish, French, and Chinese.
    For additional information related to the conference and materials, please visit the Carter Center’s Access to Information project website at or contact Laura Neuman, Access to Information Project Manager, The Carter Center, at (404) 420-5146 or
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Program Contact ^top
    • Program contact
Katitza Rodríguez Pereda <katitza AT>            
The Public Voice Coordinator, OECD Civil Society Reference Group

Meryem Marzouki
<marzouki AT>          
OECD Civil Society Reference Group
    • Local point of contact, OECD Civil Society - Organized Labour Forum
Ms. Jaiok Kim <jokim AT>
Consumer Korea, OECD Civil Society Reference Group

Eunsook Moon <moon AT>
Strategic Planning Director of Consumers Korea, OECD Civil Society Reference Group


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