Press release: ITAC welcomes the OECD’s new approach to security

Internet Technical Advisory Committee welcomes the OECD’s new approach to security

1 October 2015 – New security guidelines from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recognize the role that digital security risk management plays in protecting economic and social prosperity, and provide recommendations for best practices to be followed by governments, enterprises and individuals.

ITAC Contributions News

ITAC’s contribution to the Internet Governance discussion on the 3rd anniversary of the IPPs

Statement by Jordan Carter, Chief Executive, InternetNZ

Good morning/afternoon

Thank you Chair. Delegation members, fellow participants.

I would like to thank the Chair and the OECD Secretariat for organising this special High Level Session.

Let me start by expressing ITAC’s appreciation for the opportunity to participate in this Committee’s work – multistakeholderism at work…

ITAC Contributions News

The Internet Governance Forum 2013

As part of an OECD discussion on international developments in Internet policy making, Markus Kummer, Vice-President Public Policy, Internet Society, provided a presentation on key takeaways from the 2013 Internet Governance Forum.

The presentation can be found here:

ITAC Contributions News

IGF 2013 session: An open Internet platform for economic growth and innovation

The Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) and the OECD organised a joint session at the 8th Internet Governance Forum (October 2013, Bali, Indonesia), entitled “an open Internet platform for economic growth and innovation”.

The workshop addressed the key question of how an open Internet can be preserved and designed to maximise the benefits for all stakeholder groups while limiting the risks.

It was discussed from the perspective of the OECD Recommendation on Principles for Internet Policy Making ( More particularly, the panel focused on the following three principles of the OECD Recommendation:
1. Promote and protect the global free flow of information;
2. Promote the open, distributed and interconnected nature of the Internet;
3. Encourage multi-stakeholder co-operation in policy development processes.

Panelists from government, business, civil society and the technical community discussed how they perceive openness and its value for further economic and social development, addressing both the benefits and the possible shortfalls of openness, including the importance of the Internet policy framework provided in the OECD Recommendation. The discussion also touched on the importance of open standards and open collaboration as enablers for the free flow of information on the Internet.

Further takeaways from this workshop can be found in the session report on the IGF website (workshop n° 209):


Internet Technical Advisory Committee Applauds Revised OECD Privacy Guidelines

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Internet Technical Advisory Committee Applauds Revised OECD Privacy Guidelines
Guidelines serve as internationally-recognized foundation for privacy regulation


[Paris – 10 September 2013] — Yesterday, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) formally launched the adoption of the revised Guidelines on the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data [].  The Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) to the OECD congratulates the OECD on this announcement, which marks the next evolution of a document that has been an internationally-recognised foundation for privacy regulation for more than 30 years.

ITAC Contributions News

ITAC at the 2012 IGF in Baku

The Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) will participate in the upcoming Internet Governance Forum, to be held on 4-9 November in Baku, Azerbaijan.

ITAC, represented by Ms. Anne-Rachel Inne, Chief Operations Officer at AfriNIC, will participate in an OECD workshop on “Inclusive innovation for development: The contribution of the Internet and related ICTs” (No.142). This workshop, which is co-organized by ITAC, BIAC and CSISAC, will foster discussion on the opportunities that the Internet economy offers for inclusive development by increasing access, developing skills and promoting applications and their use.

Several ITAC member organizations will be heavily involved at the IGF by organizing or participating in workshops and main sessions.


2012 ITAC Meeting

On 23 October 2012, the Internet Technical Advisory Committee to the OECD (ITAC) convened for its second annual meeting in Paris, on the margins of the OECD 64th ICCP Session.

ITAC brings together the counsel and expertise of technically focused organizations in a decentralized and networked approach to policy formulation for the Internet economy. The group  was officially recognized in 2009 by the OECD Council, following the 2008 Seoul Ministerial on the Future of the Internet Economy.

Participants discussed past, current and future contributions from the Internet technical community to the work of the OECD Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy (ICCP) and its working parties. Since 2009, ITAC membership has grown to count 25 active organizations situated in various areas of the Internet community, providing expertise in fields such as privacy, identity or IP interconnection.

Several participants from the following organizations attended the meeting:

  • IEEE
  • ISOC
  • W3C
  • Representatives from the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC)
  • Representative form the Civil Society Advisory Committee to the OECD (CSISAC)
  • ICCP Chair Jørgen C Abild Andersen
  • STI Director Andrew Wyckoff
  • OECD Secretariat staff (Taylor Reynolds, Verena Weber, Rudolf van den Berg)

Meeting documents:

ITAC Contributions News

ITAC's participation in the the 2012 Foresight Forum

The 2012 OECD Foresight Forum on “Harnessing Data as a New Source of Growth: Big data Analytics and Policies” was held on 22 October 2012 in Paris. This edition fostered discussions on the social and economic issues related to big data analytics. Horizontal issues included privacy, intellectual property and competition, addressed in domains such as science and research, government administration, labour markets or health care.

Several ITAC members were involved in sessions of the Forum:

  • Mr. Laurent Liscia, Executive Director (OASIS): “Towards standards for enhancing data operability”
  • Mr. Harry Halpin, Technology and Society Domain (W3C): “The protection of digital identities in the context of big data analytics”
  • Mr. Robin Wilton, Technical Outreach for Identity and Privacy (ISOC): Concluding statements

Applications Open for ISOC Fellowships to OECD Technology Foresight Forum

The Internet Society is pleased to invite applications for Fellowships to the OECD Technology Foresight Forum.

Fellowships to the OECD Technology Foresight Forum are part of the Internet Society’s Next Generation Leaders (NGL) programme and are available to Internet Society members aged between 20 and 40 years.


BEREC Expert Workshop on IP-Interconnection in Cooperation with OECD (Brussels, 20 June 2012)

The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) is organizing an expert workshop on IP-Interconnection in cooperation with the OECD, on 20 June 2012 in Brussels.

This is a follow-up to a  BEREC/OECD workshop held on 2 November 2011, which brought together experts from the IP-interconnection community in contact with experts from national regulatory authorities to discuss the future of interconnection.