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OECD Communiqué Pleases Some, Nettles Others

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July 1, 2011

At a high-level meeting on the Internet economy this week, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development released a Communiqué on Principles for Internet Policy-Making, which outlines the OECD's commitment toward promoting the free flow of information; investing in high-speed networks and services; enabling cross-border delivery of services, and strengthening "consistency and effectiveness in privacy protection at a global level," among others areas. While some have lauded the principles--U.S. NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling described it as a "major achievement that will support the continued innovation...of the global Internet economy"--others have criticized its plans to make Internet service providers more responsible for policing copyright infringement, something the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council says could "lead to network filtering."

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