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COFACE Families Europe at the OECD Ministerial Meeting on Digital Economy: current challenges and the impact of digitalisation on families


20 June 2016, Cancun (Mexico) – The 2016 OECD Ministerial meeting on the “Digital Economy: Innovation, Growth, and Social Prosperity” aims to move forward the digital agenda of the OECD in four key policy areas: 1/Internet openness and innovation, 2/Trust in the digital economy, 3/Building global connectivity and 4/Jobs and skills in the digital economy. However, addressing these challenges requires the involvement of all stakeholders to find common solutions through collaboration. The OECD incorporates stakeholder inputs through its own advisory committees: Internet technical (ITAC), business (BIAC), civil society (CSISAC) and trade union (TUAC) actors.

Civil society organisations would like to engage the OECD member countries in a dialogue on fundamental social concerns “Towards an Inclusive, Equitable, and Accountable Digital Economy”. A civil society forum will be held during the second day of the OECD 2016 Ministerial Meeting on June 21st.

COFACE Families Europe, as part of the CSISAC group, will bring to this high-level event several key issues from the perspective of family organisations such as:

  • New online business models, how they impact families and recommendations for avoiding common challenges such as overspending with in-app purchases.
  • Reflections on how to put users back in control over their personal data.
  • Protecting users which pay with their data, as opposed to paying with hard currency.
  • Impact of technological developments on discrimination and social exclusion.
  • New challenges emerging from innovations such as Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Big Data, and more.
  • The impact of digitalisation on families: new skills and jobs.

What’s next? After Cancun… Berlin!

Next November in Berlin COFACE Families Europe will hold a conference on how the digital revolution affects the lives of families, namely as consumers and as workers. A Save the Date will be available on our website very soon. Watch this space!

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For further information, please contact
Ana Pérez, Communication Manager  +32 2 500 56 93

Useful links
COFACE Policy Briefing – 2016 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting, Cancún
Website OECD Ministerial Meeting on Digital Economy

Note to the editor
COFACE Families Europe is a network of civil society associations representing the interests of all families. COFACE–Families Europe’s areas of work include social/family policy, education, disability, gender equality, migration, consumer issues, and also protection of children online, privacy, data protection and reflections on technological developments and how they may impact families. More:

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