Previous OECD digital economy ministerial gatherings were held in 2016 in Cancun, Mexico, in 2008 in Seoul, Korea, and in 1998 in Ottawa, Canada. 

As stated by the OECD, the broad theme of the Ministerial meeting was “Driving long-term recovery and economic growth by building a trusted, sustainable, and inclusive digital future.” This focus built on the OECD’s rich work on digital economy policy in the recent years, such as work on issues including the digital and the green transition, gender equality, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, cross-border information flows, digital free flow with trust, digital security and many more topics of great interest to civil society and academic stakeholders. The focus of this work is to address the challenges in the years to come with all stakeholders in an inclusive way.

The Gran Canaria 2022 ministerial meeting found us, as the OECD puts it, in a global context where “digital technologies have fundamentally changed our societies and economies. While essential to economic growth, prosperity, commerce, innovation and social advancement, digital technologies have dramatically affected market structures, exacerbated inequalities and opened new dimensions of risks to rights, shared values and important interests, such as privacy, security, safety, well-being and fairness.”

In the face of this complex scenario, which is crossed by deep and global humanitarian and environmental crises, to name some, CSISAC stands for solidarity in the digital age and seeks to unleash the potential of people by helping each other. 

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