Press Release

OASIS Participates in OECD Ministerial Meeting on Future of the Internet Economy

Internet Technical Advisory Committee Expresses Support for OECD Multi-Stakeholder Approach

30 June 2011 – The OASIS international open standards consortium was pleased to participate in the OECD High Level Meeting on “The Internet Economy: Generating Innovation and Growth” held on 28-29 June 2011 in Paris. OASIS presented as part of the Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC)–a worldwide coalition of Internet organizations invited by the OECD to provide input on Internet-related issues. OASIS joined fellow ITAC members in expressing 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.

Representing OASIS at the meeting was John Sabo of CA Technologies, chair of the IDtrust Steering Committee. He was joined by ITAC presenters Sir Tim Berners-Lee, director of the World Wide Web Consortium, Vint Cerf, representing the Number Resource Organization, and Leslie Daigle, CTO of the Internet Society. “The trusted use of personal information is integral to the growing value of the open Internet for business and technical innovation, citizen services and consumer applications,” said Sabo. “Ensuring that privacy management technologies and risk management practices are also available at Internet scale will require unprecedented collaboration between policy and technology communities, using the structures and expertise of internationally-accepted standards development organizations.” Together with other ITAC members, OASIS expressed support for the OECD’s “Principles for Internet Policy-Making” communiqué, which identifies as fundamental 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 multi-stakeholder cooperation in policy development processes. Among other things, the communiqué:

  • confirms, at the highest policy-making levels, the central role of open standards and voluntary cooperation as the core design principles of the Internet;
  • clearly focuses attention on the need to address data privacy as a global issue;
  • acknowledges the need to protect the role of Internet data intermediary entities, balancing intellectual property rights protections with network integrity and freedom of expression; and
  • notes the urgency of IPv6 adoption.

In a statement yesterday, ITAC noted “A multi-stakeholder approach has helped to encourage the global Internet’s tremendous growth and is key to its continued development as a platform for innovation and economic progress in the developed and developing world. The full involvement of the organizations charged with the development, management and operation of the Internet helps ensure its future stability, growth and development. The same approach has proven to be the most effective when it comes to Internet policy development.” Additional information: ITAC: OECD announcement:,3746,en_21571361_44315115_48289776_1_1_1_1,00.html OECD Communiqué “Principles for Internet Policy-Making”: Full text from OASIS presentation by John Sabo: About OASIS: OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is a not-for-profit, international consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society. OASIS promotes industry consensus and produces worldwide standards for SOA, security, cloud computing, Web services, the Smart Grid, content technologies, business transactions, emergency management, and other applications. OASIS open standards offer the potential to lower cost, stimulate innovation, grow global markets, and protect the right of free choice of technology. OASIS members broadly represent the marketplace of public and private sector technology leaders, users, and influencers. The consortium has more than 5,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 100 countries. Press contact: Carol Geyer Senior Director of Communications OASIS +1.781.425.5073 x209 (office) +1.941.284.0403 (mobile)