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OECD Meetings: Summary of the 73rd Session of the Digital Economy Policy Committee (CDEP)

November 21, 2016

The CSISAC has participated in the 73rd Session of the Digital Economy Policy Committee (CDEP), held in conjunction with the meetings of its Working Parties on Measurement and Analysis (MADE), Communications, Infrastructure and Services (CISP) and Security and Privacy (SPDE). We wanted to thank all the civil society experts that have taken part in the preparation of the meeting, contributing with analysis and suggestions of the OECD draft papers and discussions.

The CSISAC delegation was formed by the Steering Committee members Marc Rotenberg and Claire Milne attending the SPDE and the CISP respectively, and Suso Baleato taking part as CSISAC liaison in the CDEP, and as delegate for the statistical working party (MADE). In addition, CSISAC members Jacqueline Souza from Internet Lab (Brazil), Wafa Ben Hassin (Access Now) and Corynne McSherry (EFF) have participated as well, taking part in the OECD Foresight Forum on Artificial Intelligence and the Internet and Jurisdiction Conference.

The 73rd session of the CDEP focused on the 2017-2018 plan of work, as a follow up of the 2016 OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy held in Cancún (México). The proposed focus and topics for work showed consistency with the outcomes of this high level meeting, showing a stronger focus on societal outcomes that includes the explicit recognition of a growing inequality and the need to foster a more inclusive digital development. The CSISAC is happy to see this focus in the 2017-2018 work plan, as it reflects the goals of the Civil Society Forum 'Towards a more Inclusive, Equitable, Accountable Digital Economy'. However, the prevalence of the more econometric perspective introduces limitations to the capacity of the proposed approach for the OECD policy-making process to fully accomplish the Civil Society Goals.

For those reasons, the work of the CSISAC during the CDEP meetings focused on improving the alignment of the OECD work plan with the civil society objectives. With this purpose, the CSISAC has engaged in the analysis of the OECD drafts and working papers, engaging in the exchange of perspectives with the representatives of Member Countries, the OECD and the other stakeholders during the meeting. The CSISAC has been instrumental in introducing the notion of 'algorithmic transparency' as way to frame the policy-making needs connected to Artificial Intelligence; in improving the provisions on de-identification of the Recommendation on Health Data Governance to safeguard the protection of personal data and privacy; in reinforcing the focus on inclusion in the scope of the Horizontal Project on Digitalisation; and in having recognised the need for a multi-stakeholder approach in the new policy-making projects on the digital realm.

The CSISAC will continue working to foster the Civil Society Goals. In addition to engaging in the ongoing projects, the proposals to foster the alignment of the G20 and OECD digital agendas, and the involvement of the ISO/IEC do introduce new opportunities for CSISAC to achieve this objective. The CSISAC is actively searching for civil society groups, activists and experts to participate in preparation of the written comments to be submitted to the OECD, and also in the processes connected to the OECD digital agenda. Participants from the Latin America/ Caribbean, African and Asian regions are strongly encouraged to show their availability and interest to take part in the work of CSISAC.

OECD Releases New Publication on Progress Since the Seoul 2008 Declaration

September 30, 2013

The OECD has released a new publication titled "The Internet Economy on the Rise: Progress since the Seoul Declaration." This publication reviews progress made since the 2008 OECD Seoul Declaration for the Future of the Internet Economy and identifies areas for future work. Seven themes are addressed: high-speed infrastructure; digital content and green ICTs; the development of smarter applications; cybersecurity and privacy; consumer empowerment and protection; an open Internet economy; and global participation for development.

OECD releases new report, "Measuring the Digital Economy: A New Perspective"

December 8, 2014

The OECD has released a new report titled "Measuring the Digital Economy: A New Perspective." From the OECD: "The growing role of the digital economy in daily life has heightened demand for new data and measurement tools. Internationally comparable and timely statistics combined with robust cross-country analyses are crucial to strengthen the evidence base for digital economy policy making, particularly in a context of rapid change. This report presents indicators traditionally used to monitor the information society and complements them with experimental indicators that provide insight into areas of policy interest. The key objectives of this publication are to highlight measurement gaps and propose actions to advance the measurement agenda."

OECD Release Policy Guidance on Mobile and Online Payments

June 13, 2014

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

February 5, 2013

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

November 12, 2012

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.

New Report from the OECD on Internet Intermediaries

July 1, 2010

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".

OECD: International Mobile Roaming Charges

January 30, 2010

The OECD has released the report "International Mobile Roaming Charging in the OECD Area" that provides information and analysis on market developments and pricing in international mobile roaming services. "While the wireless industry has witnessed spectacular developments in recent years, and is considered competitive in domestic markets, there is a widespread perception among many stakeholders, including some within the industry itself, that international mobile roaming services prices are unreasonably and inefficiently high," the OECD noted. The report provides comparative information on international mobile roaming service retail prices as well as other information. For more information: OECD: Telecommunications and Internet Policy.

OECD: Smart Sensor Networks

January 31, 2010

The OECD Secretariat has released the report "Smart Sensor Networks: Technologies and Applications for Green Growth." The report gives an overview of sensor technology and fields of application of sensors and sensor networks. It discusses in detail selected fields of application that have high potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reviews studies quantifying the environmental impact. For more information: OECD: ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change.

New OECD Book on Promoting Consumer Education: Trends, Policies and Good Practices

May 6, 2009

OECD logo The OECD has published a new book that examines the approaches that governments use to promote consumer education in OECD and some non-OECD countries, highlighting the policies and measures that have been particularly effective. The book also analyzes recent trends, the role of stakeholders, steps being taken to evaluate the effectiveness of current programs, and the principal challenges.

You could browse (and read) the book online for free at here. All the information about the book is available at OECD website.

New OECD Book on Online Identity Theft

April 1, 2009

The OECD has published a new book which defines ID theft, studies how it is perpetrated, outlines what is being done to combat it, and recommends specific ways to address it in a global manner.

The purpose of this book is threefold:

* to define ID theft, both online and off-line, and to study how it is perpetrated;
* to outline what is being done to combat the major types of ID theft; and
* to recommend specific ways that ID theft can be addressed in an effective, global manner.

Note that readers can access the full version of this book choosing, among other options, to browse the book online here, to purchase the PDF e-book and/or print edition directly via OECD Online Bookshop."

OECD Council´s Decision Adds Civil Society in the OECD-ICCP´s Terms of Reference

February 21, 2009

OECD logo During the 1187th OECD Council Session held on January 15, 2009, the Council extended the Terms of Reference of the Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy (OECD-ICCP) regarding the participation of non-governmental stakeholders.

The decision adds Civil Society and the Internet Technical Community to the list of key non-governmental stakeholders in the ICCP's terms of reference, joining business and trade-unions.

The Resolution which is availalbe at OECD´s website stated:

"In the conduct of its work, the Committee will also, as appropriate, draw on the views and expertise of non-Members, international organizations and non-governmental stakeholders, and work with business, trade unions, civil society, and the Internet technical community within a framework of co-operation that promotes mutual understanding and participation".

The Resolution also added:

"The mandate of the Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy shall remain in force until 31 December 2013, unless the Council decides otherwise".

References:

  • Resolution of the Council concerning the Terms of Reference of the Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy (specially the Mandate extended by Council during its 1187th session on 15 January 2009 [C(2008)209 and C/M(2009)1, Item 5]

ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change (updated 06/03/2009)

June 3, 2009

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On 27-28 May 2009 the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation hold an OECD Conference on how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can improve environmental performance and mitigate climate change in all sectors of the economy. The outcomes will be particularly relevant in the context of the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held on 7-18 December 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark (COP15).

This high-level conference follows up on an OECD workshop in Copenhagen in May 2008 and the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Internet Economy in Seoul in June 2008.

The conference gather civil society groups like Consumer Focus UK, Consumers International, Greenpeace, Conservation International, Global Connectivity, International Institute for Sustainable Development (Canada), and Association for Progressive Communications . The draft program is online. All the information about the event is here: http://www.green-ict.dk.

Contact:

For more information about civil society participation in this event, please contact katitza (at) epic (dot) org no later than Friday March 27, 2009

OECD Publication: Information Technology Outlook 2008

January 29, 2009

OECD logoOECD published the 2008 edition of the OECD Information Technology Outlook analyzes recent developments in the IT goods and services industries.

OECD Report: Digital Rights Managements Disclosure

January 29, 2009

OECD logoPrepared by the OECD Committee on Consumer Policy (CCP), this report analyzes the disclosure issues raised by the use of digital rights management (DRM) and copy control technologies (CCTs) to protect intellectual property rights. More specifically, it examines the kinds of restrictions that are commonly placed on access or use of protected material (for example, restrictions on making back-ups or private copies) and the disclosures provided to inform consumers about these restrictions.