OECD Meetings: CSISAC to attend the 74th session of the Committee on the Digital Economy (CDEP)

May 11, 2017

The 74th session of the OECD Digital Economy Policy Committee and its working parties will take place from the 15th to the 19th of May 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 May session of the CDEP will focus on getting progress in the Horizontal Project on Digitalisation, an effort derived from the outcomes 2016 CancĂșn OECD Ministerial Meeting, involving 13 OECD Committees in addition to the CDEP itself. The Committee and its Working Parties will continue working in the preparation of the next edition of the Digital Economy Outlook, and a review of the Telecommunications Policy in Mexico. The OECD Recommendation on the ICTs and the Environment will enter a monitoring process, and the analysis on remote broadband access will be proposed for approval. The statistical work will include analysis on robotisation, ICT investment, and also on digital risk management. The work on security and privacy will focus on the analysis of indicators about children online, and reports on the protection of critical infrastructures, security data breaches, or security incidents.

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>.