At the IFIP World Computer Congress (WCC) in 2006 in Santiago de Chile, it was decided to "initiate a vigorous program of activity to promote professionalism worldwide". A Taskforce was formed consisting of the Australian Computer Society (ACS), the British Computer Society (BCS), the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS), the IEEE-CS, and IFIP. The Taskforce’s first meeting was hosted by the Computer Society of South Africa (CSSA) in Cape Town in January 2007. The CSSA has remained an active participant in the Taskforce since that meeting. The Taskforce’s conclusion from that meeting was that the time was right to:
IFIP Council supported the vision, and a detailed proposal for establishing the program was developed. The IFIP General Assembly (GA) reviewed the Taskforce’s report at its 2007 meeting and agreed to:
Since that historic meeting in 2007, the Taskforce has accomplished a number of significant milestones.
IP3 has also forged contacts with major international bodies such as the European Commission, Seoul Accord, CEPIS, the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the International Labour Organization, and the International Telecommunications Union. Steps are also being taken to engage with other major international organizations including the United Nations, UNESCO, NASSCOM and SEARCC.
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