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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 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 Meetings in June: Working party on Communications Infrastructure and Services Policy, Internet Intermediaries Workshop, and Working party on the Information Economy. June 14-18

Two of the Information, Communications, and Computer Policy committees of the OECD held meetings during the week of June 14-18, the Communications Infrastructure and Services Policy Working Party (WPCISP) and the Working Party on the Internet Economy (WPIE). There was also an all day workshop on the Role of Internet Intermediaries, to discuss the role that Internet intermediaries play in achieving the policy goals identified at the Seoul OECD Ministerial Conference in 2008.

CSISAC participated in all three events, and will report on the pubic aspects of these events. At the WPCISP, CSISAC Liaison Stephanie Perrin and Public Knowledge's John Bergmayer are attending. At the Internet Intermediaries Workshop, Gwen Hinz of Electronic Frontier Foundation, Anna Fielder of Privacy International, Marzena Lipman of Consumer Focus and Eric Goldman of the University of Santa Clara presented civil society perspectives on various panels. Milton Mueller of Syracuse and Delft Universities and David Banisar of Article 19 also participated.

CSISAC has provided comments on a detailed paper on the Role of Internet Intermediaries, which has yet to be publicly released. Civil society's concerns are focused on the delegation of social policies and enforcement to third party actors without respect for due process, accountability, transparency, and the human rights of Internet users. CSISAC is preparing a detailed paper on the issues, and would be pleased to welcome civil society contributions to this effort. Please contact liaison@csisac.org if you have an interest in the topic.

Several papers from the working party on Communications Infrastructure and Services Policy are expected to be derestricted in September, and CSISAC continues to provide input on this work. Centred on aspects of competition and integration, the impact of bundling of internet services, and the issues surrounding mobile roaming, these papers impact various aspects of the core CSISAC policy focus areas:

On June 17-18, the Working Party on the Internet Economy discussed, among other issues, the focus on information and communications technologies to foster the "green" agenda. Once again, this focus is of great interest to civil society members across the spectrum of concern. Whilst members welcome ICTS to address energy conservation, resource management and efficient public transportation, this cannot be at the expense of individual autonomy and personal privacy. There is great promise for the return to user control in intelligent buildings and smart networks, but only if these options are built in. It is therefore vital to engage in this discussion, and civil society is solicited to participate in upcoming CSISAC policy briefs on the topics.

30th Anniversary of the OECD Privacy Guidelines

The year 2010 marks the 30th Anniversary of the OECD Privacy Guidelines. The Guidelines consist of eight principles that have provided the basis for national laws, international agreements, and privacy frameworks that have been adopted around the world. In the Civil Society Seoul Declaration, CSISAC reaffirmed "its support for the OECD Privacy Guidelines as a fundamental policy instrument setting out minimal requirements for the transborder flow of personal data."

To commemorate the anniversary, OECD has planned several events for 2010:

On January 28, International Privacy Day, CSISAC Steering Committee Member EPIC presented the 2010 International Privacy Champion Award to the Honorable Michael Kirby for his role in the development of the OECD Privacy Guidelines. For more information: OECD: The 30th Anniversary of the OECD Privacy Guidelines.

CSISAC Statements on Internet Policy

The CSISAC has submitted a series of recommendations to the OECD Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy (ICCP) and its working parties on a variety of Internet Policy issues.

ICT and the Environment: CSISAC stressed the importance of innovation and the adoption of ICT applications for the monitoring and management of environmental challenges, such as "smart" ICT applications. CSISAC urges the expansion of dialogue among all stakeholders regarding privacy implications of "smart" ICT. CSISAC also stressed the importance of data protection in every field of application of sensor networks, and any other tracking technology.

Internet Intermediaries: The document highlights civil society concerns on legal approaches to intermediary liability. As noted in the Seoul Declaration, OECD Member countries should "maintain a balanced framework for intellectual property protection that is least intrusive to personal privacy, least restrictive for the development of new technologies, and that promotes creativity, innovation, and learning."

Internet and the News: CSISAC believes that a strong and independent news industry can be an important contributor to robust democracy. CSISAC believes that any policy recommendations that are not based on common standards present in all OECD member countries' copyright and other related laws should be avoided. CSISAC believes that this will assist OECD member governments in thoughtful policy development which respects the important social role played by journalists and the news industry, while preserving opportunities for emerging new forms of citizen journalism and Internet innovation.

IPV6: CSISAC submitted comments on the co-existence of two incompatible Internet standards, IPv4 and IPv6. CSISAC encourages the OECD to consider undertaking more in-depth analysis on the economic and policy implications of an extended migration period in which IPv4 address scarcity is a continuing factor in the Internet supply industry. "There may or may not be cost burdens created by the transition, or negative impacts on competition, diversity and innovation on the Internet. But these problems have not been clearly documented and explained", the statement noted. CSISAC encourages a more direct consideration of policy alternatives to IPv6 in light of inadequate rates of IPv6 deployment and the realities the Internet community faces due to the lack of backwards compatibility between IPv6 and IPv4.

International Human Rights Day 2009


It is our duty to ensure that these rights are a living reality -- that they are known, understood and enjoyed by everyone, everywhere. It is often those who most need their human rights protected, who also need to be informed that the Declaration exists -- and that it exists for them.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

"The Declaration belongs to each and every one of us - read it, learn it, promote it and claim it as your own."


On the occasion of the 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council calls for the protection of Human Rights on the Internet. As stated in the Civil Society Seoul Declaration, the policy goals for the Future Internet Economy should be considered within the broader framework of protection of human rights, the promotion of democratic institutions, access to information, and the provision of affordable and non-discriminatory access to advanced communication networks and services.

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CSISAC Steering Committee Announcement - New SC Members

The Steering Committee members of the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council met in Madrid and online to discuss the appointment of the remaining Steering Committee members. After an in-depth discussion, the members agreed that in addition to appointing an 8th Steering Committee member, a 9th appointment was warranted to acknowledge EPIC's efforts to have Civil Society participation formally recognized at the OECD ICCP.

The Steering Committee members are pleased to announce the appointment of Rashmi RANGNATH from Public Knowledge as the 8th Steering Committee member. Rashmi and Public Knowledge were active participants during the Internet Intermediaries and Network Neutrality discussion. Although Rashmi is based in the US, she is from India and can bring the developing countries perspective to the work of CSISAC.

The Steering Committee members are also pleased to announce the appointment of Marc ROTENBERG, EPIC Executive Director as the 9th member. This is a special recognition for EPIC's role since the OECD 1998 Ministerial Conference in Ottawa to have Civil Society formally recognized as an OECD advisory committees. Moreover, this is also to acknowledge that EPIC didn't run for Steering Committee elections, due to its role as facilitating the first CSISAC Steering Committee Elections. This recognition is unique and will be granted for the first term only.

CSISAC comments on Cloud Computing

CSISAC had the opportunity to present its views on the ICCP Technology Foresight Forum, Cloud Computing and Public Policy at the panel on Portability, Competition, Innovation, and Consumer Protection held on Paris, France on October 14, 2009. CSISAC's comments were provided by Katitza Rodriguez, CSISAC Liaison.

Announcement of the CSISAC Steering Committee Election

The Liaison of the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council would like to announce the results of the 2009 Steering Committee Election.

Those elected candidates to the Steering Committee are as follows, in alphabetical order:

Karen BANKS, Association For Progressive Communications

Anna FIELDER, Privacy International, Consumer Focus

Gwen HINZE, EFF

Jaiok KIM, Consumer Korea

Meryem MARZOUKI, EDRI

Cristos VELASCO, NACPEC

Tony VETTER, International Institute for Sustainable Development

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On One Web Day: CSISAC reaffirmed its commitment to the Civil Society Seoul Declaration on the Future on Internet

Civil Society participants at the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future on the Internet affirmed "that the policy goals for the Future of the Internet should be considered within the broader framework of protection of human rights, the promotion of democratic institutions, and the provision of affordable and non-discriminatory access to advanced communication infrastructures and services. Economic growth should be for the many and not the few. The Internet should be available to all."

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Nominations: CSISAC Steering Committee

Election of new CSISAC Steering Committee members will take place in September 2009. The complete list of nominations with their respective statement are the following:

Organizations Nomination

Karen Banks, Association For Progressive Communications (pdf)

Ms. Jaiok Kim, Consumer Korea (pdf)

Ms. Meryem Marzouki, EDRI (pdf)

Ms. Gwen Hinze, Electronic Frontier Foundation (pdf)

Mr. Brenden Kuerbis, Internet Governance Project (pdf)

Anna Fielder, Privacy International / Consumer Focus (pdf)

Peter Munkacsi.pdf

Rashimi Rangnath, Public Knowledge (pdf)

Cristos Velasco, NACPEC (pdf)

Mr. Tony Vetter, International Institute for Sustainable Development (pdf)

The elections is carried out by CSISAC Liaison, The Electronic Privacy Information Center.

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CSISAC Steering Committee Nomination Process

To vote in the CSISAC Steering Committee Election, you must be a CSISAC member as of January 2009. All civil society participants that signed the Civil Society Seoul Declaration are considered founding members of the CSISAC. The list of organizations and of individuals who signed the Declaration has been public since June 2008 (Seoul conference).

Nomination Process: The nomination process was open by July 31. Deadline for submitting nominations: Monday August 31, 2009, 14:00 GMT. The Liaison will then send the list of nominees to NIC .br by Wednesday September 2, 2009, 14: 00 GMT together with the voter list.

To run for an elected position on the CSISAC Steering Committee you must be a CSISAC member as of January 2009. Individuals or organizations interested in running might self nominate or CSISAC members can nominate another CSISAC member.

Founding CSISAC members: : To apply or nominate someone, please send to The Public Voice List a statement of interest or to Katitza AT EPIC DOT org. One page maximum, please.

All statements of interest will be published on the CSISAC webpage and CSISAC wiki. http://csisac.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

Your statement should include:
- Subject Line: CSISAC Steering Committee;
- Full Name and cc the e-mail address of the person or organization being nominated, when you are not submitting a self-nomination;
- Indication of whether the nominee is an individual or an organization. If not a self-nomination, the nominee should have agreed to have their name put forward.
- Country/region (person and, if applicable, organization).
- A selection of CSISAC Goals (identified on the right column at http://csisac.org/) related to your/your organizationʼs main competence Optionally, a link to your/your organizationʼs website / blog.
- A brief biography including achievements relevant to the CSISAC steering committee, past work with CSISAC and the Public Voice Coalition and other relevant committees or processes.
- A brief statement of what you or your organization can contribute to the coalition and the issues at the OECD-ICCP

The 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.

Original source: http://csisac.org/elections-08-10-2009-vf.pdf

2009 CSISAC Steering Committee Elections Announcement

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

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CSISAC´s Submission on Internet Intermediaries (Updated)

CSISAC logo The Expert Group on Internet Intermediaries of the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council (CSISAC) released a paper with recommendations to the OECD for its work in this area.

As CSISAC stated in the Civil Society Seoul Declaration, OECD Member countries should "maintain a balanced framework for intellectual property protection that is least intrusive to personal privacy, least restrictive for the development of new technologies, and that promotes creativity, innovation, and learning." The document highlight civil society concerns in what we see as the three main areas of focus of the ICCP report - (1) The Scope of the Report - Categorizing Internet Intermediaries; (2) Social and Economic Benefits provided by Internet Intermediaries; and (3) Co-operative Mechanisms including Legal Approaches to Intermediary Liability.

The Expert Group on Internet Intermediaries is led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation

CSISAC's Paper on Internet Intermediaries has been translated into Spanish by Phol Paucar.

OECD Ministerial: Civil Society Seoul Declaration

CSISAC logoA diverse group of civil society organizations and individuals from the Public Voice Coalition worked on a joint Civil Society Declaration to the OECD 2008 Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy, which took place in Seoul in June 2008.

This document raises a number of issues of major importance to the civil society community and makes a number of recommendations to move towards the future of the Internet that meets the essential needs of all the world's citizens. The declaration has been signed by (so far) 86 organizations and more than 99 individuals.

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OECD Ministerial: Civil Society Forum

CSISAC logoOn June 16, 2008, more than 150 participants from 15 countries gathered in Seoul, South Korea, for the Civil Society - Labor Forum "Making the Future of the Internet Economy Work for Citizens, Consumers, and Workers. The event was organized by the The Public Voicecoalition, the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC), and the OECD Civil Society Reference group, which includes the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the Canadian Internet Policy and Public interest Clinic (CIPPIC), Consumers Korea (CK), the European Digital Rights Initiative (EDRI), the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the Internet Governance Project (IGP), and the Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD).

CSISAC News: Charter Approved

CSISAC logoAfter a period of public discussion, the civil society participants' at the OECD issued a consensus proposal for the establishment of the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Committee (CSISAC) to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on November 07, 2008. This document was submitted to the Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy (ICCP) for approval at its meeting on December 11-12, 2008.

OECD Ministerial: Speakers presentation at the Civil Society Forum

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

OECD Ministerial: OECD Expresses Support for International Privacy Standard

OECD logoThe OECD also reaffirmed support for the 1980 OECD Privacy Guidelines, which are the foundation for most countries privacy standards.

OECD Ministerial: OECD Secretary General Seeks to Formalize Civil Society

CSISAC logoAt the OECD Ministerial conference on the Future of the Internet Economy, the Secretary General of the Paris-based research and policy-making organization recommended that the OECD begin the process of formalising the participation of civil society and the technical community in the work of the OECD on the Internet economy.

OECD Ministerial: EPIC Report on OECD Ministerial Meeting

OECD logoWith the slogan "Shaping Policies for Creativity, Confidence and Convergence in the Digital World", the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) held the 2008 Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy in Seoul, South Korea on June 17 and 18. The Meeting, which was the first OECD Ministerial Meeting held in Asia, brought together Ministers, senior government officials, the heads of major intergovernmental organisations, industry leaders and representatives of the Internet technical community, civil society and organised labour. In all, close to 2,200 participants from 68 economies attended the Meeting, which was webcast. In addition to the participants, many more contributed to the Meeting via the Internet. The full EPIC report is available online.

OECD Ministerial: Reflections of the Outcomes of the Ministerial

CSISAC logoA report made by Cristos Velasco´s blog on the results of the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy.

OECD Ministerial: Australian Privacy Foundation Report on OECD Ministerial Meeting

OECD logoA report made by Nigel Waters, Australian Privacy Foundation and Consumers Federation of Australia on the results of the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy.

OECD Ministerial: Civil Society Closing Remarks

OECD logoStatement presented by Anriette Esterhuysen of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) at the closing of OECD ministerial conference on the future Internet economy on June 18, 2008.

OECD Ministerial: Civil Society Policy Paper (CS Paper)

CSISAC logoCivil Society Participants in the Public Voice Coalition published a Civil Society Policy Paper, which was presented at the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy held on 17-18 June 2008 in Seoul, Korea.


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