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CSISAC to participate in the meetings of the OECD Digital Economy Policy Committee

June 1, 2015

The Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council (CSISAC) is the "voice of civil society" at the OECD. CSISAC strengthens the relationship between civil society and the OECD and promotes better-informed and more widely accepted policies for the IT sector. CSISAC contributes to the OECD's work on Digital Economy Policy and promotes the exchange of information between the OECD and civil society. The OECD provides civil society participants with substantial empirical analysEs that enable informed policy assessments; CSISAC provides the OECD with the essential perspectives of experts and NGOs leaders.

In order to fullfil its mission, CSISAC participates in the regular meetings of the OECD Digital Economy Committee (CDEP) and its working parties: the Working Party on Measurement and Analysis of the Digital Economy (MADE), the Working Party on Communication, Infrastructures and Services Policy (CISP) and the Working Party on Security and Privacy in the Digital Economy (SPDE). The participation of CSISAC consists in the circulation of the draft reports and working paperS among Civil Society experts for analysis and assessment, attendance at the regular meetings by CSISAC representatives, and the submission of policy assessments for the ongoing policy guidance. In addition, CSISAC nominates high level experts to participate in the ad-hoc sessions like expert groups or advisory panels linked to specific policy developments.

The next meeting of the OECD Digital Economy Policy Committee and its working parties will take place from the 22th to the 26th of June in the OECD headquarters in Paris (France). The meeting will cover topics like the revision of the Security Guidelines, the Internet of Things, the effects of ICT in jobs and skills or statistics on children online. The draft reports and working papers will be circulated to the CSISAC membership to facilitate analysis and assessment in time for the meeting. CSISAC encourages Civil Society experts to join the task forces on their topics of interest so as to provide substantial and high quality contributions to the OECD policy-making process.

CSISAC wants to acknowledge the contribution of the Open Society Foundation (OSF), the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), and the European Digital Rights (EDRi) for their continued support, among other contributions.

Summary of outcomes from the meetings of the 69th Digital Economy Policy Committee of the OECD and its Working Parties

June 29, 2015

The June sessions of the OECD Committee for the Digital Economy Policy have finished today. CSISAC wants to thank Steering Committee members Marc Rotenberg from EPIC and Claire Milne for leading the task forces and attending the Working Parties and the Committee, together with the CSISAC Liaison. In addition, the Civil Society delegation benefitted from the expertise of CSISAC member Martin Schmalzried on the children online topic.

The meetings included the 20th MADE (Working Party on Measurement and Analysis of the Digital Economy), 53nd CISP (Working Party on Communication, Infrastructures and Services Policy), 38th SPDE (Working Party on Security and Privacy in the Digital Economy) and the 69th CDEP (Committee on the Digital Economy Policy). In addition, CSISAC took part in the preparatory meetings for the 2016 Ministerial, including the 3rd Ministerial Steering Group and the 1st Stakeholders Coordination Meeting.

Thanks to the voluntary contribution of CSISAC experts in the analysis and assessment of the OECD draft reports and working papers, the Civil Society delegation contributed to achieving the following outcomes:

  • A new revised Security Guidelines that explicitly recognizes transparency, human rights and responsibility among its principles, increasing the potential for accountability by replacing the previous 'national security' frame with a 'risk management' approach. The acknowledgment by the OECD of the contribution made by CSISAC during the revision process can be recognized in the adoption by the OECD of the proposal to launch the guidelines in an event to be hosted by EPIC in Washington.
  • Increased awareness about the challenges of the digital economy, as only the benefits were initially planned for discussion in the Ministerial. This holds for the four themes of the Ministerial, and includes security and privacy aspects and balancing individual and group interests in the Internet of Things, the potential of privacy enhancing technologies for innovation, or consumer protection and quality of jobs with regard to emerging digital platforms like Uber. CSISAC members are invited to engage in the drafting process of the Ministerial panels to ensure that this need is sufficiently reflected in the Ministerial dossier, and to nominate High Level delegates to participate as speakers in the panels.
  • Adoption of the proposal to hold a Civil Society Stakeholders Forum in coordination with TUAC -labor unions stakeholder- in parallel to the forums organized by BIAC -the business stakeholder- and ITAC -the technical community stakeholder- the day before the Ministerial. In addition, a CSISAC member will participate in the High Level Plenary that will serve to launch the Ministerial in the first day, opening the way to effectively feed the Ministerial with the output of our Forum, perhaps in the form of a Civil Society Declaration. CSISAC has started to explore possible alternatives to maximize the Civil Society participation at the Ministerial. With that purpose, CSISAC has invited the OECD to coordinate with the Mexican delegation the logistics of Civil Society participation.

The meetings of the CDEP represent an important milestone, as the work of CSISAC during the following year will focus on the preparation of the Ministerial. The organization of the Civil Society Forum is expected to concentrate the efforts of CSISAC in order to contribute constructively to the outcomes of the 2016 Ministerial in Cancun (Mexico).

CSISAC wants to acknowledge the contribution of those who have been providing the resources to support our activity, mainly the Open Society Foundation, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the European Digital Rights (EDRi). That leads to a big thanks to Meryem Marzouki from EDRi, the 'architect' of CSISAC, who has recently handed over her responsibilities after many years of excellent work. In addition, COFACE-EU has contributed by sending a delegate to provide input on the OECD work on children online.

CSISAC to participate in the OECD Workshop on Health Data Governance

April 3, 2015

The OECD is organizing a Workshop on Health Data Governance to be held the 20 of May in Paris. CSISAC member Robert Gellman will participate in the workshop as moderator of the panel on Safeguards for for Privacy-Protective use. The panel will discuss legislative safeguards to protect privacy and enable data use, embedding privacy protection, ethical review, best practices in data identification and accreditation of health data processors.

Civil Society on the Role of the OECD in Global Economic Governance

April 16, 2015

Steering Committee member and EPIC director Marc Rotenberg will participate in the Luncheon Discussion Program of the Executive Council Diplomacy, to be held the 16th of April in Washington. The event will include a discussion on the role of the OECD in global economic governance guided by Secretary-General of the OECD Angel Gurría.

CSISAC to participate in 2014 Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

September 2, 2014

CSISAC will participate in the 2014 Internet Governance Forum, to be held this week in Istanbul, Turkey. The theme of the forum is "Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance".

CSISAC will be represented at 2016 OECD Ministerial on Digital Economy

February 27, 2015

CSISAC will participate in the 2016 OECD Ministerial on Digital Economy in Mexico in May 2016. CSISAC will convene a meeting for civil society organizations concerning the future of the Internet. The Ministerial will also encourage emerging and developing countries to discuss how Internet policy making can address current and emerging issues in a way that helps mitigate risks to, and maximises the economic and social benefits of, the Internet economy.

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

September 23, 2010

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

September 16, 2010

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.

2009 CSISAC Steering Committee Elections Announcement

August 24, 2009

Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council (CSISAC) is the voice of civil society at the OECD Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy (ICCP)

CSISAC's mission is to contribute constructively to the policy work of the and to promote the exchange of information between the OECD and the civil society participants most active in the information technology field. Information from the OECD will provide civil society participants with a stronger empirical basis to make policy assessments; inputs into research and policy development from civil society will provide the OECD with the essential perspective of stakeholders "at the receiving end" of policy. Strengthening the relationship between civil society and the OECD will lead to better-informed and more widely accepted policy frameworks.

The CSISAC Steering Committee will represent the CSISAC Membership in the work of the OECD-ICCP. Members of the Steering Committee will have access to all OECD draft documents made available for OECD committee members with the understanding that OECD rules regarding disclosure must be respected. The Steering Committee will also be responsible for assembling ad-hoc working groups who can review OECD policy issues.

The CSISAC Steering Committee will be composed of 8 members, selected either as individuals or as organizations' representatives, and who will serve two-year terms, according to the CSISAC Structure.

The election will be carried out from September 15, 2009 14:00 GMT until September 29, 2009 at 14:00 GMT. The name of the person coordinating the election is Katitza Rodriguez, CSISAC Liaison, katitza AT epic DOT org. The full details of The CSISAC Steering Committee Election Process is available online

CSISAC Report: CSISAC Proposal at OECD-ICCP

February 2, 2009

CSISAC logo This is a report on the OECD's consideration of the CSISAC proposal at the ICCP (Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy) meeting that took place in December 2008 in Paris.

By way of background, at the conclusion of the OECD Ministerial conference in Seoul this summer, the Secretary General recommended that the OECD "begin the process of formalizing the participation of civil society and the technical community in the work of the OECD on the Internet economy." This proposal followed many years of effort by civil society organizations at the OECD and the specific recommendation of the civil society groups that participated in the 1998 Ministerial in Ottawa as well as the groups that supported the 2008 Civil Society Declaration in Seoul.

OECD Ministerial: Speakers presentation at the Civil Society Forum

June 30, 2008

CSISAC logoThe presentations of all the speakers at the OECD Civil Society Forum are now available online. The forum consists of interactive policy round tables, covering the future of the Internet from 5 perspectives: the Human and political dimension; Towards a better future – Decent work, social justice and sustainable development in a global Internet economy; Fueling creativity and access to knowledge (A2K); Ensuring consumer and privacy protection and benefiting from convergence