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United States Mission to the OECD

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For Immediate Release                                        December 13, 2011


United States Applauds OECD Adoption of Internet Policy Making Principles

The United States applauds the OECD for adopting today the Recommendation of the Council on Principles for Internet Policy Making, the result of a critical international effort to support an open Internet that is secure and reliable. As Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday in her third major speech on Internet Freedom, “We support the principles of multi-stakeholder Internet governance developed by more than 30 nations in the OECD earlier this year.”

The following may be attributed to U.S. Ambassador to the OECD Karen Kornbluh:  

“Born at a U.S.-initiated high-level meeting earlier this year, these principles are a major step in our efforts to ensure the Internet remains an open platform, continuing to spur innovation, prosperity and job creation. This platform, that produced more growth in its first 15 years than the Industrial Revolution did in its first 50, mustn’t be balkanized. We will work with others to continue building consensus for these global norms that nurture openness and freedom on the Internet.”


The OECD Recommendation on Internet Policy Making Principles, developed through the OECD’s multilateral consensus-based process, is an important deliverable on the U.S. open Internet agenda. In May, President Obama issued the U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace, an agenda for safeguarding the single Internet.  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has developed a groundbreaking Internet freedom agenda, a principled approach to preserving the freedom to connect — the freedoms of expression, association and assembly online — and to ensuring that the Internet can be a platform for commerce, debate, learning and innovation in the 21st century.

The Council Recommendation passed today is a successful follow-on to the U.S.-initiated June 28-29 High Level Meeting on the Internet Economy in which 34 OECD member countries, Egypt, the OECD Business and Industry Advisory Committee, and its Internet Technical Advisory Committee agreed through a Communiqué to the set of principles to guide Internet-related policy making. 

According to McKinsey, over the past five years, the Internet has been responsible for 21 percent of the growth in mature economies and has created 2.6 jobs for every job it has displaced. Its power to generate innovation is rivaled only by its potential to help people realize their rights and democratic aspirations, as the Arab Spring demonstrated.



About the U.S. Mission to the OECD

The United States is a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which is an international organization, composed of 34 democratic countries with market-based economies. Shared goals include achieving sustainable economic growth and employment and a rising standard of living in member countries as well as engaging with non-members to contribute to the development of the world economy. Through its cross-country economic research, “soft law,” and effective peer reviews, the OECD is a dynamic international incubator for new ideas, providing the United States an opportunity for engaging with other countries on economic policy.

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