News: 2014

    CSISAC Urges OECD to Examine "Dominant Internet Firms"

    June 23, 2014

    Speaking at a high level meeting on Internet Policy Making, CSISAC Steering Committee member and EPIC President Marc Rotenberg urged the OECD to examine the impact dominant Internet firms may have on the future of innovation and freedom. Citing the Charter of the OECD Civil Society Council, Rotenberg said "dominant Internet firms are moving to consolidate their control over the Internet. It is vitally important for the OECD to develop a better understanding of the challenge industry consolidations pose to the open Internet." The OECD is well known for the International Privacy Guidelines and is currently updating the Security Guidelines, which establish a global framework for managing cyber risks. A Ministerial meeting meeting will be held in Mexico in 2016.

    OECD CDEP preparing review of the Security Guidelines

    January 6, 2014

    In December 2013, the OECD Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP, formerly ICCP) agreed to revise the 2002 Recommendation of the Council concerning Guidelines for the Security of Information Systems and Networks: Towards a Culture of Security (Security Guidelines).

    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".

    OECD releases new digital economy paper: "The Economics of Transition to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)"

    November 6, 2014

    OECD has released a new paper on the digital economy: "The Economics of Transition to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)". From the OECD: "This report makes the case that IPv6 represents an example of a platform; within the context of IPv6, the sides of the platform are Internet service providers, backbone providers, device manufacturers, content providers, and so forth. The net benefits to adopting the new platform are not distributed equally across sides. For some participants, such as backbone and transit providers and manufacturers of devices such as routers, the transition to IPv6 has been relatively swift. For these participants the benefits of adoption were clear, and adoption demonstrated the technical ability of the company and fitness of its network. For others, such as many content providers for the Web, enterprises contemplating deployment of IPv6 within internal firm networks, and providers of consumer electronics equipment such as DVD or Blu-Ray players or televisions, the transition has been slower. For them the benefits have not been as clear, and many legacy devices, networks, customers and suppliers have not transitioned."

    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."

    CSISAC invited to the OECD Technology Foresight Forum 2014 on the Internet of Things

    December 11, 2014

    CSISAC was invited to participate in the OECD's Technology Foresight Forum 2014 on the Internet of Things. Also known as the Internet of Everything or the Industrial Internet, the Internet of Things (IoT) is a term applied to the next 50 billion machines and devices that will go online in the coming two decades. The goal of the forum was to inform policy makers of the technical developments that will influence issues in the near and longer-term future. CSISAC member Claire Milne attended the forum on behalf of CSISAC.

    At OECD Global Forum, CSISAC Urges "Algorithmic Transparency"

    October 3, 2014

    Speaking to delegates at the OECD Global Forum for the Knowledge Economy in Tokyo, CSISAC Steering Committee member and EPIC President Marc Rotenberg urged OECD member countries to endorse "algorithmic transparency," the principle that data processes that impact individuals be made public.

    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.