June 16, 2008

News From OECD Ministerial Meeting: The Internet Technical Community Issues Memorandum on the Future of the Internet in a Global Economy

The Internet technical community*, including the Internet Society, RIPE NCC, APNIC and W3C, today issues a memorandum to Governments, civil society and the private sector to ensure that human capacities are enhanced or enabled through creativity, confidence and that the convergence of Internet technology is preserved.

A multi-stakeholder model of decision making and a full commitment to adopting emerging technologies and standards are critical for long-term Internet policy development, according to the Internet Technical Community. Additionally, the memorandum calls for member states to:

-- Fuel creativity by recognising that the open and decentralised nature of the Internet is fundamental for continued innovation and creativity

-- Build confidence by recognising that Internet users' confidence in the stability, reliability and security of the Internet is essential to the success of the future global economy

-- Maximise the benefit from convergence by ensuring that neither government regulation nor the economic power of monopolies delays or prevents growth of the Internet by limiting the provision of better, cheaper, faster or more innovative Internet-related services.

Lynn St Amour, President and CEO of the Internet Society (ISOC) comments: "Member states must recognise that a multi stakeholder model of decision making has proven to be the most effective when it comes to Internet policy development. The Internet's future depends on a renewed commitment to the principles that have made it so successful to date. We believe that the principles outlined in our Memorandum will ensure the positive, innovative and responsible development of the Internet."

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About the Internet technical community

The many organisations participating in the Internet technical community forum come from a wide range of national and international institutions, and the private sector, to pursue the objectives of an open and accessible Internet, bringing shared economic and social benefits to all the world's citizens. These organisations include: APNIC, ARIN, AfriNIC, LACNIC, CEN, 3GPP, 3GPP2, ETSI, ICANN, IEC, IETF, Internet Society, Internet2,RIPE NCC, TIA, W3C.