CSISAC calls on OECD member states to take a stand to combat digital censorship and uphold international human rights standards, including the fundamental rights to freedom of expression, to freedom of information, to privacy and to the protection of personal data, which are the cornerstones of democracy. Any Internet policy guidelines developed by the OECD should be grounded in legal principles that are widely accepted, and be compliant with international human rights standards. It is inappropriate for such guidelines to be derived from ad hoc regulations and policy experiments that have been adopted in a small number of countries, especially since the impact of these regulations is still far from clear. We invite member states of the OECD to protect the open Internet and make a public commitment to opposing Internet filtering and blocking by intermediaries, to affirm existing limitations on intermediaries’ liability, and to support due process and judicial review of allegedly illegal content and behavior.
As I noted last week, this is consistent with the Canadian position that has thus far rejected Internet filtering, blocking, and three-strikes proposals for ISPs. Canada has played a lead role in the OECD efforts on the Internet economy, including hosting the first Ministerial meeting on the issue in 1998 and serving as Chair for the 2008 meeting in Korea. It should maintain that leadership by urging the OECD to work with civil society and not endorse the document as it currently stands.