The International Labour Organization (ILO) is as a specialised agency of the United Nations, focused on labour rights, employment, and social protection. The ILO promotes rights at work, encourages decent employment opportunities, enhances social protection, and strengthens dialogue on work-related issues.
The ILO may be well suited to step into the area of information and communications technologies (ICT) and the Internet labour market. Globalisation in general and the Internet in particular have led to the internationalisation of labour issues. With a growing number of people working for foreign entities and interacting with work teams on a global basis, an increasing need arises for appropriate international regulatory mechanisms. This aspect was recognised in the World Summit on the Information Society Declaration of Principles (2003), which, in paragraph 47, calls for the respect of all relevant international norms in the field of the ICT labour market.
With the increasing number of online workers, the ILO needs to address labour laws and protect employee rights in such a complex environment.