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Tuesday, September 2 • 9:00am - 10:30am
WS30: Internet&jobs: creative destruction or destructive creation?

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The Internet is viewed as a source of employment growth in the ICT sector and in creating new opportunities in the overall economy. However, it is also clear that the Internet is imposing a significant reorganization on businesses, affecting labor demand and therefore employment.
The net effects of the Internet on jobs are still poorly understood. Unemployment represents a significant challenge in OECD countries. In particular, the level of youth unemployment is alarming. The necessary condition to tackle these challenges is to reignite growth and ensure people have the necessary education, skills and Internet access to take advantage of new opportunities.
Technological change has always had disruptive effects on employment, at least at the early stage of its diffusion. Nonetheless, while for earlier technologies, such as the steam engine or electricity, the growth of productivity, employment and median income was in the same direction, with ICTs the growth of productivity has seemingly been decoupled from jobs and income. According to Brynjolfsson and McAfee this divergence is created by the very nature of the digital economy able to offer goods and services to an increasing number of additional customers at a cost close to zero.
The workshop will focus on how the Internet could help in reducing this divergence, contributing to the creation of the new ICT and entrepreneurial skills required by the labor market and allowing for increasing significantly scale and customization of actions. Furthermore, the workshop will explore how more inclusive global Internet governance could improve social equality.


Richard C. Beaird

Dr. Beaird, former Senior Deputy United States Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, and Office Director for Multilateral Affairs within the U.S. Department of State’s Deputate of International Communications and Information Policy (CIP), is recognized... Read More →

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Michael Kende

Chief Economist, Internet Society
Michael Kende is the Chief Economist of the Internet Society. Prior to joining the Internet Society in August 2013, Michael was a partner at Analysys Mason, a global consulting firm focused on telecommunications and media. Michael has a Ph.D. in economics from MIT and a BA in mathematics... Read More →

Lillian Nalwoga

Policy Officer, Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA)
Lillian Nalwoga works as a Policy Officer at the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and is also the President of the Internet Society – Uganda Chapter. She is actively involved in ICT policy debates at the local, regional and global level... Read More →

Eli Noam

Professor of Economics and Finance at the Columbia Business School since 1976, and its Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility. Served for three years as a Commissioner for Public Services of New York State. Appointed by the White House to the President’s... Read More →

Lorenzo Pupillo

Executive Director Public & Regulatory Affairs, Telecom Italia
Lorenzo Maria PUPILLO is an Executive Director in the Public & Regulatory Affairs Unit of Telecom Italia and Affiliated Researcher at Columbia Institute for Tele-Information. In Telecom Italia, he is in charge of developing  Internet Policy and he is providing policy advising to... Read More →

Diego Molano Vega

Minister of Information and Communication Technologies, Government of Colombia
The Minister of Information Technology and Communications, Diego Molano Vega is an electrical engineer, born in Tunja, Boyacá a Department of Colombia, with a master in economics from the Universidad Javeriana and a Masters in Business from the Institute for Management Development... Read More →

Andrew Wyckoff

Director, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry
Andrew W. Wyckoff is the Director of the OECD’s Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI) where he oversees OECD’s work on innovation, business dynamics, science and technology, information and communication technology policy as well as the statistical work associated... Read More →

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Tuesday September 2, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am EEST
Workshop Room 04 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 2)

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