OECD Meetings: CSISAC to participate in the 73rd session of the Committee on the Digital Economy (CDEP)

October 26, 2016

The next meeting of the OECD Digital Economy Policy Committee and its working parties will take place from the 14th to the 18th of November in the OECD headquarters in Paris (France). The CSISAC will take part in this meeting to bring the voice of Civil Society to the OECD policy making process.

The November session of the CDEP will hold a follow-up of the 2016 CancĂșn OECD Ministerial Meeting, focusing on how to improve economic growth and social prosperity through the technological increase of productivity. While digitalisation will be the focal phenomenon, processes associated with other technologies will be considered as well, including bio-engineering, nano-technology, 3D printing or new materials. The Committee and its Working Parties will continue working in the preparation of the biannual programme, the next edition of the Digital Economy Outlook and the regular work on telecommunications regulation, deployment and pricing including regional recommendations; statistical measurement of digitalisation; and privacy and security policy, remarkably the review of the Health Data Governance Recommendation. New topics planned to enter the agenda include Artificial Intelligence, Satellite Broadband, and Criptography.

The CSISAC invites all civil society participants engaged in these topics to get involved in the preparation of the meeting.

About the CSISAC

The CSISAC is the voice of civil society at the OECD Committee on the Digital Economy Policy. We facilitate the exchange of information between the OECD and civil society participants, leading to better-informed and more widely accepted policy frameworks. The formal recognition of this Advisory Committee by the OECD was the result of an effort initiated in the 1990s decade to promote participation parity in the global policy-making. Today, the CSISAC is the main venue to channel the participation of civil society in the OECD work on the digital economy.

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). In addition, the CSISAC takes part in the OECD Ministerial Meetings organizing a Civil Society Forum, and also in other OECD meetings and projects connected to the Digital Economy Policy.

The participation of the CSISAC consists in the circulation of the draft reports and working papers of the OECD among civil society experts for analysis and assessment prior to the meeting, attendance by CSISAC representatives at the regular sessions of the OECD committees, and the submission of policy assessments for the ongoing policy guidance. In addition, the CSISAC nominates high level experts to participate in ad-hoc instruments like expert groups or advisory panels linked to specific policy developments.

The structure of the CSISAC is defined in the CSISAC Charter. To join the CSISAC, individuals or organizations should 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. To learn more about the CSISAC and how to join, you can visit the CSISAC Website or directly write to the CSISAC Liaison <liaison@csisac.org>.