OECD Meetings: CSISAC to attend the 75th session of the Committee on the Digital Economy (CDEP)

October 3, 2017

The 75th session of the OECD Committee on the Digital Economy Policy (CDEP) will take place on 20-21 November, 2017 in the OECD headquarters in Paris (France). The November session of the CDEP will follow up on the work of its Working Parties and Expert Groups, notably the meetings of the Working Parties on Security and Privacy (SPDE) 30-31 October 2017; and on Measurement and Analysis (MADE) and Communication and Infrastructure Policy (CISP) held together 2-3 November, 2017. In addition to continuation of ongoing work (please check our previous meeting summaries) this session is expected to reflect on the outcomes of connected events and work groups in topics such as Artificial Intelligence, and the Internet of the Things.

The CSISAC will take part in this set of meetings to bring the voice of Civil Society to the OECD policy making process. Confirmed participants include CSISAC Steering Committee member Marc Rotenberg, CSISAC member Claire Milne, and CSISAC Secretariat Suso Baleato. Civil Society participants involved in the related topics are encouraged to express their interest towards getting involved in the ongoing work and reinforce the CSISAC delegation at the OECD.

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 .