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Published on
June 23, 2016

Innovation, Growth, and Social Prosperity

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) invited Internet & Jurisdiction to present the global multistakeholder policy network at the 2016 OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy: Innovation, Growth and Social Prosperity. The work of Internet & Jurisdiction was featured on the expo floor of the Meeting, which took place in Cancún, Mexico from June 21-23, 2016.

The OECD Ministerial background report, Economic and Social Benefits of Internet Openness, cited the Internet & Jurisdiction multistakeholder process as being exemplary:

The [Principles for Internet Policy Making of the 2011 OECD Council Recommendation] endorse the development of voluntary codes of conduct through multi-stakeholder processes, such as the Internet & Jurisdiction Project.

This is the third time in the history of the OECD that ministers of its member states have gathered to discuss the future of the digital economy, following the 1998 Ministerial on Electronic Commerce in Ottawa and the 2008 Ministerial on the Future of the Internet Economy in Seoul.

Internet Openness and Innovation

Internet Openness and Innovation was one of the four key policy areas for the 2016 OECD Ministerial Meeting. This theme is deeply related to the work of the Internet & Jurisdiction policy network concerning legal interoperability, cross-border data flows, and the issue jurisdictional tension that impacts the future of the global digital economy. Two panels addressed the topic of openness, both held on June 22, 2016.

The first panel, The Economic and Social Benefits of Internet Openness, discussed what Internet openness is, why it is important, and what policy priorities are driving different approaches to Internet openness in different countries. Additionally, panelists addressed the decisions that policymakers face on technical, legal, governance, market, and social issues as they navigate their country’s participation in the digital economy.


Navdeep Bains

Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development


Kaspars Gerhards

Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development

Republic of Latvia

Alejandra Lagunes

Chief of the National Digital Strategy

Office of the President of Mexico

Lawrence Strickling

Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information

United States Department of Commerce

Roberto Viola

General Director, DG CONNECT

European Commission

Caroline Atkinson

Head of Global Policy


Mishi Choudhary

Legal Director

Software Freedom Law Center

The second panel, Stimulating Digital Innovation across the Economy, explored policies and practices to address social and economic goals related to stimulating digital innovation. In addition, panelists were invited to discuss how policies supporting digital innovation may be used to further other policy objectives, such as regional development and addressing poverty. 


Idlefonso Guajardo Villareal

Secretary of the Economy


Choi Yanghee

Minister of Science, ICT, and Future Planning

South Korea

Paul Chaffey

State Secretary for the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation


Hiroshi Eskai

Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology

University of Tokyo

Eun-ju Kim

Chief of Innovation and Partnership Department

Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU

About the OECD

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international economic organisation of 34 member countries with the mission to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. Founded in 1961, the OECD uses its wealth of information on a broad range of topics to help governments foster prosperity and fight poverty through economic growth and financial stability.

The 2016 “Innovation, Growth, and Social Prosperity” meeting in Cancún is the third OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy, following Ottawa in 1998 and Seoul in 2008. The 2016 Ministerial is a significant milestone, taking place at a time of unprecedented mobility, connectivity, and interdependence when few aspects of modern life remain untouched by the transformations of the digital economy.