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.
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:
ITAC attended the CISP & WPIE Joint Workshop on Internet Intermediaries (16th June, Paris), and made the following brief statement in the final panel session:
“My name is Roland Perry and I am representing ITAC, the advisory committee of the Internet Technical community. We are the people who design and operate the core of the Internet.
Most of what’s been discussed today is activity on the edge – but some measures may not be as effective as expected, or they may have unwanted and undesirable side effects; simply because of the way the Internet works.
We are happy to be contribute our advice and expertise to the discussion, as and when required.”
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.
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