New framework for an open Internet agreed at OECD

OECD governments and other stakeholders have created a new framework to promote a more transparent, open Internet at a two-day meeting in Paris.The new principles, agreed by OECD member governments, business representatives and technical experts, aim to advance the debate on Internet governance. They underline the benefits that today’s light-touch, flexible regulation has brought in driving innovation and economic growth.To read this OECD announcement in full, see:,3746,en_21571361_44315115_48289776_1_1_1_1,00.htmlAlso see:Multistakeholder Input Improves Outcomes of OECD Ministerial Meeting on Future of the Internet Economy
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.ITAC was pleased to be part of the expanded engagement within the OECD, along with the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC), Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council (CSISAC), and the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC), during the process of drafting the communiqué. ITAC noted that the communiqué was developed through a truly multistakeholder negotiating process, and that all stakeholders could participate on an equal footing. EFF Supports CSISAC’s Decision Not to Endorse the OECD Communique on Internet Policy-Making Principles
Yesterday we reported that EFF and the other civil society members of the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Committee to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (CSISAC) had declined to endorse a draft Communique on Internet policy-making principles produced by the OECD. Since then, the OECD and key government representatives reopened negotiations with civil society, business and the technical industry stakeholders, in an effort to find mutually acceptable text to accommodate our concerns. Unfortunately that was not successful, and EFF and other members of the OECD’s Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council have declined to endorse the full and final version of the Communiqué released on 29 June.EFF and CSISAC are committed to continuing to participate in the OECD’s multistakeholder policy development process. EFF has been actively involved in providing input into OECD’s policy work through CSISAC for the last two years. We believe that OECD is a vital place for civil society to work and appreciate the genuine commitment of all involved in creating the Communique to engage with civil society and listen to our perspectives and concerns. EFF was involved in CSISAC’s negotiation efforts over the last few weeks to find mutually acceptable text for the Communique’s principles. We, along with all the other parties involved, participated in these discussions in good faith. Given that, EFF’s decision not to endorse the final principles was not taken lightly. Society defects from OECD Internet Policy Principles by Milton Mueller
The OECD’s division on information and communication policy has done a better job than all other intergovernmental organizations at taking multistakeholderism seriously. In its attempt to develop Internet policy principles for its High Level Meeting on the Internet Economy in Paris this week, it fostered robust discussions among its governmental delegations, the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC), the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council (CSISAC), the Internet Technical Community Advisory Committee (ITAC) and its own Secretariat. Each groups’ views were taken seriously and had a major impact on the outcome.Today civil society representatives announced that they could not endorse the final product, the OECD Communiqué on Internet Policy-making principles. They were the only group to defect. CSISAC believes that certain aspects of the Communiqué could be used to undermine online freedom of expression, freedom of information, the right to privacy and innovation on the Internet. I participated in these discussions as an advisor to the CS delegates and concurred with this decision.

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