ICC global business highlight internet policy priorities
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has increased its focus on
development issues and constructive policy discussions on internet
security to meet the modern day needs.
Openness and privacy initiatives are among recommendations put forth
on behalf of business to ensure that the annual Internet Governance
Forum (IGF) remains the most effective internet-policy related event of
the year, International Chamber of Commerce Chairman Tissa Jayaweera
told Daily News Business.
IGF was established by the United Nations World Summit on the
Information Society (WSIS Geneva 2003, Tunis 2005) to facilitate the
exchange of information and best practices on issues contributing to the
sustainability, stability and robustness of the internet, he said.
Every year, ICCís Business Action to Support Information Society
(BASIS) organizes IGF business presence and participation to raise
awareness of what business needs to continue in contributing to the
development of the information society, particularly through more
informed policy choices.
ICC BASIS members also participate in national and regional IGF
events throughout the year. ICC and its BASIS initiative members, from
companies and associations including AT&T, Global Information
Infrastructure Commission, Google, Nokia, Siemens Networks, Telefonica,
Walt Disney Company, Verisign, Verizon and World Information Technology
and Services Alliance, submitted the recommendations at the first round
of open consultations for the seventh IGF, which is set to take place in
Baku, Azerbaijan later this year.
The consultations, took place recently in Geneva, aim to shape the
program for the next round of the IGF by taking stock and building on
the experience of last yearís event, which took place in Nairobi,
As the European Commission proposes new legislation to reform the
EUís data protection rules, ICC BASIS underscores the importance of
frank discussions on such issues to ensure that internet governance
remains in the hands of all internet users and stakeholders.
Among the recommendations are strongly request for efficient and
effective program development around issues relevant to participants
from all sectors.
Further, the recommendations encourage additional substantive
dialogues on the issues of cloud, security and privacy, transborder data
flow, mobile issues, infrastructure development and effective policy
Applauding last yearís forum in Nairobi, Kenya, the recommendations
also encourage building on discussions initiated at previous IGFs on
issues including the enabling policy and regulatory environment to
attract investment in necessary infrastructure, the use of mobile
internet for disaster prediction and recovery efforts, freedom of
expression, the free flow of information and human rights, broadband
investment for developing countries, innovation, and growth of services
relating to information and communication technologies.