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IRIS 1995-1:13/34

G-7: Ministerial Conference on the Information Society

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Ad van Loon

European Audiovisual Observatory

On 25 and 26 February 1995 the G-7 will meet for a World Conference: the information society and the global infrastructure in this field. The Conference will take place in Brussels under the auspices of the Commission of the European Communities. The morning of 25 February is reserved for a round table discussion of business leaders from Europe, North America and Japan.

The Conference is meant to initiate a joint reflection: common rules for the global information society by economic actors, academia, public authorities and international organisations.:e of the objectives is to initiate the establishment of international rules on the protection of intellectual property and data protection.

There will be three thematic sessions: (i) the regulatory framework and competition policy; (ii) the development of the information infrastructure, the provision of access to it and applications; (iii) the social and cultural aspects.