Information, Communications and Technology

Chair

Eric Loeb
Senior Vice President of International External and Regulatory Affairs
AT&T

Vice Chair

Joseph Alhadeff
Vice President, Global Public Policy & Chief Privacy Strategist
Oracle Corporation

Staff

Barbara Wanner
Vice President, ICT Policy
202-617-3155 or bwanner@uscib.org

Erin Breitenbucher
Senior Policy and Program Associate, Washington
202-682-7465 or ebreitenbucher@uscib.org

What’s at Stake for Business

  • The digital economy permeates everything and non-traditional ICT companies rely on ICTs to do their business.
  • The digital economy can deliver the solutions and innovations needed to create jobs and spur economic growth but policies must enable private sector opportunities to invest and promote cross-border data flows.
  • A shift away from the multistakeholder model of Internet governance toward a more government-dominated approach will snuff the dynamic growth of the ICT sector and hamper the innovative potential of the Internet.

Current Priorities

  • Advocate a multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance and promote policies and initiatives aimed at promoting private sector investment and competition.
  • Ensure that privacy regulations do not prove overly burdensome to business operations, hamper innovation, or impede legitimate cross-border data flows, while realizing regulatory interoperability.
  • Promote a risk management-based approach to cybersecurity that enables business to flexibly implement appropriate market-driven, voluntary, consensus-based internationally recognized standards.
  • Support continued multistakeholder leadership of the technical management of the Domain Name System.
  • Oppose overly broad local data storage requirements.

USCIB At Work

USCIB is advocating on a number of fronts for policies that do not hamper innovation and that allow ICTs to realize the tremendous potential to create economic opportunity, address social challenges and create a more inclusive digital economy:

  • At the United Nations – underscoring role of business in economic development and realization of Post-2015 SDGs and upholding the multistakeholder model of Internet governance
  • At the OECD – ensuring a risk-based approach to cybersecurity working through BIAC and continued pro-business, “light touch” regulatory approach to the evolving digital transformation of the economy
  • At APEC – pressing for approaches to privacy that enable cross-border data flows and are not overly restrictive
  • In Washington – engaging with the U.S. government to shape further development of NTIA’s multistakeholder examination of cybersecurity challenges

Recent Advocacy Engagement

The Committee has a deep technical knowledge of ICT issues and provides industry expertise in policy deliberations concerning the digital economy.  USCIB is also:

  • Engaging with U.S. government agencies to share information and align messaging about emerging issues in UN Internet governance forums.
  • Working within APEC to elevate the Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system as a priority as well as promote U.S. leadership on an APEC digital economy agenda.
  • Actively collaborating with U.S. and foreign business groups on advocacy aimed at highlighting and seeking remedy for China’s protectionist technologies policies.
  • Shaping implementation of the 2016 plan to transition the stewardship of the Domain Name System to a global multi-stakeholder entity through both written comments and interaction with ICANN and U.S. government agencies.

Who We Are

The USCIB Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Committee is composed of USCIB member companies representing a range of business and industry sectors. Advocacy priorities are determined that reflect consensus among the members.

Mission

The Committee advocates for policies characterized by free and fair competition, minimal government intervention and free information flows that ensure the continued growth of ICTs in a range of strategic forums:

  • The UN’s Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
  • The OECD
  • The APEC Electronic Commerce Steering Group
  • The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Positions and Statements

Industry Appeals to China on Cybersecurity Law (5/15/2017) - USCIB and a range of industry groups are appealing to China to delay entry into force of a controversial new cybersecurity law.
Business Urges Policymakers to Avoid Trade-Distorting Data Privacy Measures (3/21/2016) - BIAC developed a policy paper on cross-border data flows, identifying concerns with efforts by governments to restrict the flow of information.

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News Stories

Industry Appeals to China on Cybersecurity Law (5/15/2017) - USCIB and a range of industry groups are appealing to China to delay entry into force of a controversial new cybersecurity law.
B20 Issues High-Level Digitalization Statement (4/10/2017) - The B20 issued a high-level statement on “Digitalization for All: Towards an Inclusive Interconnected World” which was signed by fifty leading business representatives including USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson, who serves as co-chair of the Employment and Education Task Force.

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Press Releases

Washington Conference to Explore OECD’s Role in Facilitating the Digital Transformation (1/17/2017) - USCIB is organizing a timely conference, “Facilitating Digital Transformation: The OECD’s Role,” March 8 in Washington, D.C.
USCIB Statement on the U.S. Election Results (11/9/2016) - USCIB congratulated Donald Trump on his election as president, saying a top priority for the new administration should be a strategy for U.S. engagement with the wider world.

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Op-Eds and Speeches

USCIB Op-Ed: Time for Some ‘Tough Love’ at the UN (5/2/2017) - USCIB President Peter Robinson, writing in The Hill, urges U.S. officials to help the United Nations focus its efforts and become more accountable to stakeholders.
USCIB in the News: Op-ed in The Hill on UN Funding (1/11/2017) - USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson published a timely op-ed in The Hill addressing calls in Congress to withhold funding for the United Nations.

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Staff Contact:   Barbara Wanner

VP, ICT Policy
Tel: 202.617.3155

Barbara Wanner directs USCIB’s work on information, communications and technology issues. She works with members and government officials on a wide range of international business issue that include advocating for the continuation of the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance and for policies aimed at promoting the stability, openness and innovative flexibility of the Internet. She represents USCIB members’ interests in several international forums, including the UN, APEC and the OECD.
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