I've been in Seoul the past three days for the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy. First time OECD meeting visitor, first time in Korea, so that has been rather absorbing. And of course as usual, it's into hotel, conference flat out, and then back home - very frustrating to basically see Seoul from the windows.
I'm hoping to post a little on the topics of the meeting which has been an interesting one. The basic themes - economic improvement, creativity, dealing with convergence, confidence & security, and building the Global Internet Economy, have been well canvassed by some pretty high powered panels. What is also good about the OECD process is that unlike some IGOs, there is room for non government engagement and involvement of academic, business, civil society and technical leaders. This redurces the chances of ill-informed government officials going off and making bad calls about how to deal with the Internet...
Also when I get back, I'll spend some time trying to get my head around this terrible set of events in my home town, Manurewa, and how the community might best respond.
The only obvious point to make is that there are no simple solutions, and so nobody should be pretending that there are. Reducing alcohol availability might assist, but it can only be part of the solution in my view. There is a lot more going on in Manurewa than too much drinking, that's for sure.