The Internet Technical Advisory Committee to the OECD (ITAC) has participated to the OECD High-Level Meeting on “The Internet Economy: Generating Innovation and Growth”, which was held on 28-29 June 2011 at the OECD Headquarters in Paris.
Author: Constance Bommelaer
Internet Technical Advisory Committee expresses support for OECD multistakeholder approach
PARIS – 29 June 2011 – In conjunction with the OECD High Level Meeting on “The Internet Economy: Generating Innovation and Growth” held on 28-29 June 2011, the Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC)–a worldwide coalition of Internet organizations invited by the OECD to provide input on Internet-related issues–today endorsed the communiqué issued by the OECD. The ITAC expressed broad satisfaction with the OECD’s approach to ensuring the Internet continues to serve as a platform for innovation, economic development and social progress throughout the world, including OECD countries.
ITAC supported the recognition in the communiqué of fundamental principles, such as the promotion and protection of the global free flow of information; promotion of the open, distributed and interconnected nature of the Internet; and encouragement of multistakeholder co-operation in policy development processes.
First launched in 2005, Technology Foresight Forums are an annual event organized by the OECD Committee for Information, Computer, and Communications Policy (ICCP) to help identify opportunities and challenges for the Internet Economy posed by technical developments.
The OECD’s work on Identity Management (IdM) dates back to a 2007 Workshop on IdM in Norway.A Primer on the role of IdM in the Internet Economy was published in 2009, providing policy makers with a broad understanding of the various dimensions of digital identity management.
Recent work from the OECD has focused on a project to review the OECD Guidelines on the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data (URL), which were adopted in 1980. Several elements are part of this project:
The ICCP’s horizontal project on Internet intermediaries – Forging Partnerships for Advancing Policy Objectives for the Internet Economy – follows up on the Ministerial mandate given to the OECD in the Seoul Declaration in 2008 to examine ”the role of various actors, including intermediaries, in meeting policy goals for the Internet economy in areas such as combating threats to the security and stability of the internet, enabling cross-border exchange, and broadening access to information”. The project includes two reports and one draft OECD Council recommendation:
The Internet Technical Advisory Committee to the OECD (ITAC) will participate to the OECD High-Level Meeting on “The Internet Economy: Generating Innovation and Growth”, which will be held on 28-29 June 2011 at the OECD Headquarters in Paris.
ITAC has been invited to fully participate in the meeting and contribute to its formal outcome, which should highlight key Internet policy-making principles to ensure economic growth and open innovation.
Four representatives of ITAC organizations have been selected by the OECD as speakers for this major event:
- Vint Cerf, Member of the ARIN board, representing Number Resource Organization (NRO)
- Tim Berners-Lee, Director, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
- Leslie Daigle, Chief Internet Technology Officer, Internet Society (ISOC)
- John Sabo, Chair ID Trust Member Section Steering Committee, Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS)
ITAC spoke at the OECD Privacy Conference in Israel on The Evolving Role of the Individual in Privacy Protection: 30 Years after the OECD Privacy Guidelines (25-26 October 2010) regarding fostering innovation in privacy protection. (Conference webpage)
In December 2009, at the Working Party on Critical Infrastructures and Services Policy (CISP), several delegates of the OECD Member States expressed their desire to the Secretariat to have an information document on the addressing system and IPv6; a written and exhaustive information document they could take home.
At the March 2010 ICCP committee, ITAC submitted a room document entitled the “Evolution of the Internet’s Address Distribution Function, IPv6 and the Role of Government” that aims to provide such information.
The Internet Technical Advisory Committee extensively participated to the Working Party on Critical Infrastructures Services Policy (CISP) held in Paris on 14 and 15 December 2009.
Geoff Huston, Chief Scientist at APNIC, did a presentation on “IPv6 Deployment Measurment“. Mat Ford, Technology Program Manager, gave an overview of “Some Relevant ISOC Activities“.