The Committee for Information Computer and Communications Policy has approved a framework to govern the participation of non-governmental stakeholders in its work and that of its working parties. This follows-up on a decision by the OECD Council to add civil society and the Internet Technical Community to the list of key non-governmental stakeholders in the ICCP’s terms of reference, joining business and trade-unions.
The importance of effective participation by non-governmental stakeholders in policy work on the Internet economy is well recognised. This view, first highlighted in the OECD’s Ottawa ministerial conference on electronic commerce 10 years ago, has been affirmed in venues outside the OECD like the World Summit on the Information Society. In June 2008, it was echoed in the Seoul Declaration for the Future of the Internet Economy, in which Ministers committed to “working collectively with all stakeholders” and invited the OECD to “further the objectives set out in this Declaration through multi-stakeholder co-operation.”
The OECD Secretary-General highlighted the importance of the issue in his closing remarks in Seoul, where he expressed his appreciation for the participation of all non-governmental stakeholders in the Ministerial and called for a “process of formalising the participation of civil society and the technical community in the work of the OECD on the Internet economy.” This process has now been completed.
New co-ordination groups have been set up by representatives of civil society and the Internet technical community to facilitate participation in the ICCP Committee, namely the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council (CSISAC) and Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC). Participation by the business community and trade-unions will continue to be co-ordinated through their long- standing advisory committees, Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) and Trade Union Advisory Committee. (TUAC).