66th meeting of the Information, Computer and Communications Policy Committee - Paris

Paris hosted last 11-13 December the 66th meeting of the Information, Computer and Communications Policy (ICCP) Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The Portuguese delegation at the meeting included representatives from the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and ANACOM.

The following were particularly notable:

1. The holding of a joint session of ICCP and the working party on Communication Infrastructures and Services Policy (WPCISP) concerning the analysis of Colombia's telecommunications policy, with presentation of a report subject to declassification per written procedure up to 13 January 2014;

2. The holding of a joint session of ICCP and the working party on Information Security and Privacy (WPISP) concerning Russian membership in the OECD, which summed up developments involving that membership process and successive requests for additional clarification by the committee and the working party, as well as the determination of subsequent steps;

3. The secretariat reported that two countries, Mexico and Russia, had expressed interest in hosting the next ministerial meeting in 2016, and that Mexico was chosen; 

4. The Committee agreed with the plan for the process of revising the Security Guidelines dating to 2002;

5. Regarding renewal and revision of the ICCP mandates, the Committee agreed with the secretariat’s proposal to not renew the mandate of the working party on Information Economy (WPIE), whose policy analysis activities will be merged with those of the Committee. The Committee also approved changing the names of the ICCP itself and of two of its working parties, WPISP and the working party on Indicators for the Information Society (WPIIS). The new designations will respectively be the Committee on Digital Economy Policy, working party on Security and Privacy and working party on Digital Economy Measurement and Analysis. WPCISP maintains its name;

6. Regarding evolution of the horizontal project concerning "new forms of growth: intellectual capital", the Committee noted the results of phase 2 of that project on "data and analysis" and of the updated general plan of work proposed for 2014. The secretariat asked the delegates to name participants for a coordination group whose specific aim will be to ensure that the work is cohesive;

7. The Committee also named the following delegates for the 2014 ICCP Bureau: Chair - Jørgen Abild Andersen (Denmark), Vice-Chairs - Katarina de Brisis (Norway), Roger Higginson (United Kingdom), Sangwon Ko (Korea), Doreen McGirr (United States of America), Hiroyuki Morikawa (Japan), Frederic Riehl (Switzerland) and Mario Fromow (Mexico);

8. Lastly, a number of documents were declassified in session and by written procedure.

The next ICCP meeting will be held in Paris on a still undetermined date.