OECD Release Policy Guidance on Mobile and Online Payments

The OECD Committee on Consumer Policy has issued "Policy Guidance on Mobile and Online Payments" to boost consumer protection and to promote policy efforts to strengthen consumer protection while spurring innovation. The guidance addresses several key issues in the emerging mobile and online payment area, including the need to establish minimum levels of consumer protection across payment mechanisms, enhanced privacy and child protection, and standards for transparent and accessible information disclosures.

OECD Releases Report on Consumers

The OECD has released a new report "Empowering and Protecting Consumers in the Internet Economy." The report is follows the 2008 Seoul Ministerial Declaration for the Future of the Internet Economy. The report finds that mobile devices, easy-to-use payment mechanisms, and product reviews have further provided consumers with a more convenient e-commerce experience. Trust in e-commerce, however, remains challenged by several problems, including complex information disclosures, legislative gaps, fraudulent and misleading practices and privacy threats as well as inadequate redress mechanisms.

OECD Release Paper on Cybersecurity

The OECD has release a new report "Cybersecurity Policy Making at a Turning Point Analysing a New Generation of National Cybersecurity Strategies for the Internet Economy." The report analyses the latest generation of "national cybersecurity strategies" in ten OECD countries and identifies commonalities and differences. The analysis reveals that cybersecurity policy making has become a national policy priority and relies on holistic strategies supported by stronger leadership which aims to drive economic and social prosperity and protect cyberspace-reliant societies against cyber-threats.

CSISAC Welcomes OECD Recommendation on Principles for Internet Policy Making

In a press release published on 19 December 2011, the CSISAC welcomes the Recommendation on Principles for Internet Policy Making adoped by the OECD Council on 13 December 2011, which reaffirms OECD commitment to a free, open and inclusive Internet.

Most critically, this Recommendation envisions a collaborative decision-making process that is inclusive of civil society issues and concerns, such as those expressed by CSISAC when it declined to support a previous Communique resulting from the OECD High Level Meeting of June 2011.

CSISAC looks forward to working with the OECD in order to develop the Principles itemized in the December Recommendation in greater detail and in a manner that promotes openness, is grounded in respect for human rights and the rule of law, and strengthens the capacity to improve the quality of life for all citizens.


CSISAC Job Opening: Community Manager and Liaison to OECD (deadline for application: 31 Dec. 2011)

Are you a brilliant and experienced community manager, people-motivator, public-interest advocate, while being a diplomat, knowledgeable and showing strong interest in policy related to the internet, telecommunications and information society?

If so, we are looking for just such a person to co-ordinate our activities. Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council (CSISAC) is an international alliance of privacy, digital rights, consumer organisations and academia. Its main purpose is to contribute constructively to the policy work of the OECD Committee that works on everything related to the information society. The job of the liaison person is to be the contact point between the members and the relevant OECD committees and working parties, co-ordinate, inspire, engage and organise the members, as well as represent the alliance effectively and carry out essential administrative duties. The position is part-time, for 2.5 days per week, though distributed unevenly during the year. It is on a contract/freelance basis and you can be based in Europe, ideally within easy distance of the OECD headquarters in Paris, but we will consider skilled candidates who are further afield. Further details can be found in the full job description (pdf), and further information about CSISAC can be found on www.csisac.org.

Please apply in writing, enclosing a CV with at least one reference who may be contacted and a cover letter of no more than one page, explaining how you meet the qualifications and skills outlined in the job description. Deadline for applications is 31 December 2011. Apply by email to Meryem Marzouki (EDRI representative, CSISAC Steering Committee member: meryem[at]marzouki[dot]info). Shortlisted candidates will be provided with specific information on salary during their interview.


CSISAC Declines to Support OECD Principles on Internet Policy-Making

The CISASAC has declined to support an OECD Communique, stating that it could undermine "online freedom of expression, freedom of information, the right to privacy, and innovation across the world." CSISAC Press Release. CSISAC Statement. The OECD Communique was released at an OECD High Level Meeting in Paris - "The Internet Economy: Generating Innovation and Growth." Statement of Consumer Federation of America and Consumers Union. Statement of European Digital Rights. Internet Governance Project Statement. Public Knowledge Statement. EFF Statements [1] [2]. CIPPIC Statement and Press Release. RSF Statement supporting CSISAC's decision. APC Statement. Digitale Gesellschaft (German NGO) Statement in support of CSISAC's decision. La Quadrature du Net Statement in support of CSISAC's decision [1] and [2].

OECD Meetings in September: Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy will hold a meeting and host an OECD Technology Foresight Forum 2010 on Smart Information and Communication Technologies and Green Growth. 29 September - 1 October

The Information, Computer and Communications Policy (ICCP) will hold a forum to discuss Smart Information and Communication Technologies and Green Growth at the OECD Conference Center in Paris on 29 September 2010 from 9:00-18:00. The ICCP will also hold meetings 30 September-1 October.

OECD Meetings in September: Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy will hold a meeting and host an OECD Technology Foresight Forum 2010 on Smart Information and Communication Technologies and Green Growth. 29 September - 1 October

The Information, Computer and Communications Policy (ICCP) will hold a forum to discuss Smart Information and Communication Technologies and Green Growth at the OECD Conference Center in Paris on 29 September 2010 from 9:00-18:00. The ICCP will also hold meetings 30 September-1 October.

The Committee for Information, Computer and Communication Policy (ICCP) will meet in 30 September-1 October, 2010. Topics for the meeting include Forging partnerships for advancing the Internet economy: Internet intermediaries, Shaping Policies for the Internet Economy: Follow-up the Seoul Ministerial, and Green Growth: DSTI Contribution to the Ministerial projecr. The ICCP will also conduct Elections of the 2011 ICCP Bureau. Papers and reports will be presented on: the OECD Privacy Guidelines; Cloud Computing; and relevant work of the Committee on Consumer Policy.

OECD Acknowledges Privacy Award to Michael Kirby

The June 2010 OECD Civil Society Newsletter notes that former Australian Justice Michael Kirby received the 2010 Champion of Freedom Award from the Electronic Privacy Information Centre (EPIC).  Kirby was recognised for his leading role in the development of the 1980 OECD Privacy Guidelines. This year the OECD is marking the 30th anniversary of the Guidelines with a series of events.

New Report from the OECD on Internet Intermediaries

Now available from the OECD is the report "The Economic a and Social Role of Internet Intermediaries." The report builds on the OECD Declaration for the Future of the Internet Economy. The goal of the report is to "develop a common definition and understanding of what Internet intermediaries are, of their economic function and economic models, of recent market development, and to discuss the economic and social uses that these actors satisfy." CSISAC has provided extensive comments on this report and on the concept of "best practices".


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