Central banks on the web: why are we there?

In the autumn of 2001 I presented a paper at a central bank web conference in Mexico City sponsored by the Banco de Mexico, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and the Centro de Estudios Monetarios Latinoamericanos. My topic - a broad and surprisingly challenging one - was, "What should be on a central bank website?"

The challenge, I discovered, lay in identifying inarguable criteria for "mandatory" website content - criteria that were applicable to all central banks in all regions of t