CSISAC Structure

In keeping with the structure of other non-governmental stakeholders at the OECD, the CSISAC proposes a structure that seeks to facilitate the participation of interested parties in the work of the OECD and to promote effective communications between stakeholders and the OECD.

The CSISAC includes the CSISAC Membership, the CSISAC Steering Committee, and the CSISAC Liaison. The roles and structure of these entities are outlined below. The effectiveness of the proposed structure, including the working of the CSISAC Liaison and the CSISAC Steering Committee, will be evaluated after one year.

CSISAC Membership

CSISAC Membership will be open to civil society participants who:

  • Endorse the Civil Society Seoul Declaration
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the public interest; and
  • Do not represent any business, technical organization, government entity or other institution that sets public policy (e.g., ICANN, RIR, WIPO staff).

All civil society participants that signed the Civil Society Seoul Declaration shall be considered founding members of the CSISAC. Particular efforts will be made to ensure that the interests of disadvantaged groups are represented within the CSISAC.

CSISAC members will provide expertise in policy issues relevant to the work of the OECD-CDEP committee and its four working parties.

A current list of CSISAC members is available here. Please contact liaison[at]csisac[dot]org to become a member of CSISAC.

CSISAC Steering Committee

The CSISAC Steering Committee is elected by the CSISAC members to manage and represent the coalition and represent it in the work of the OECD-CDEP for a two-year term. It is comprised of 6 to 8 individual or organisational representatives. The Steering Committee is accountable to the CSISAC membership.

In order to fulfill CSISAC’s mission and objective, the members of the Steering Committee have the following duties and responsibilities:

Strategic policy oversight and policy input:

  • Proactively influence the two-yearly work and project planning of the OECD CDEP in order to ensure civil society issues are on its work agenda.
  • Agree priority issues from the CDEP and its working parties agenda that CSISAC will systematically work on.
  • Support the Liaison in identifying and assembling members working groups to review the priority OECD policy issues over their whole ‘life-cycle’; identify/ designate issue leaders as appropriate.
  • Support the liaison in reaching out to potential new CSISAC members.
  • Active and timely contribution to CSISAC policy activities according to expertise.
  • Representing CSISAC in committees and other meetings as appropriate.
  • Final say on action or policy on ‘controversial’ issues or when CSISAC endorsement is needed, considering CSISAC members inputs.
  • Help with identifying and approaching potential funders.
  • Ensure that information about OECD activities, and policy documents obtained by CSISAC are distributed to CSISAC Members in timely manner.
  • Ensure that CSISAC members are consulted when CSISAC develops its own position statements.

Administrative and process duties

The elected Steering Committee will nominate a bureau of three of its members which will be responsible for organisational decisions:

  • Support and oversight of the Liaison and Community Manager, including setting targets, periodic appraisals and contract renewal.
  • Ensuring timely reporting to funders, including activity and financial reporting.
  • Travel budgets review and approval.
  • Support the Liaison with fundraising applications.

CSISAC members who are nominated (or self-nominate) to stand for the Steering Committee undertake to fulfill these duties if elected. This includes commitment to participate in Steering Committee meetings (teleconferences) and timely responses to requests for action from the Liaison or fellow CSISAC members.

Read more about the CSISAC Steering Committee elections process, and see the results of the 2012 Steering Committee Elections.

CSISAC Liaison

The CSISAC Liaison will facilitate communication among the OECD-CDEP, the CSISAC Membership, and the CSISAC Steering Committee. The CSISAC Steering Committee will select the CSISAC Liaison. The Liaison will serve as a point of contact and primary conduit for information flow between the CSISAC and the OECD-CDEP, with decision-making capacity reserved for the Steering Committee. Additionally, the Liaison and one other member of the CSISAC Steering Committee will be expected to participate regularly in OECD-CDEP meetings. The Liaison will serve a two-year term, which coincides with the OECD-CDEP committee work cycle.

An interim Liaison was provided by The Public Voice Project for 2009-2010 and will serve as the initial point of contact with the OECD and be responsible for facilitating CSISAC participation.