Memorandum on the future of the Internet in a global economy
At the OECD ministerial in Seoul, Korea, the Internet technical endorses a memorandum, urging a multi-stakeholder model of decision-making and a commitment to emerging standards.
At the OECD ministerial meeting this week in Seoul, Korea, the Internet technical community, including APNIC, came together to endorse a memorandum, aimed at governments, civil society, and the private sector, urging a multi-stakeholder model of decision-making and a full commitment to adopting emerging technologies and standards.
In particular, the memorandum highlighted the importance of:
- Recognizing that the open and decentralized nature of the Internet is fundamental to continued innovation and creativity
- Appreciating that Internet users' confidence in the stability, reliability, and security of the Internet is essential to the success of the future global economy
- Ensuring that neither government regulation nor the economic power of monopolies delays or prevents growth of the Internet by limiting the provision of new, better, cheaper, faster, or more innovative Internet-related services
The memoradum's overarching message is that the open and transparent nature of Internet policy and technology development processes are intrinsic to the ongoing success of the Internet.
The memorandum urges OECD member states to support the development and adoption of emerging technologies and standards to assist with the evolution of the Internet, including preparation for and uptake of the IPv6 protocol.
Lynn St Amour, President and CEO of the Internet Society (ISOC) commented:
Member states must recognize 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.
The Internet has always been characterized by community and collaboration, not by centralized control. That continued commitment was clearly demonstrated here today.
A PDF version of the document is available here: Memorandum on the future of the Internet in a global economy