Information, Communications and Technology


Eric Loeb
Seinor Vice President of International External and Regulatory Affairs

Vice Chair

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


Barbara Wanner
Vice President, ICT Policy
202-617-3155 or

Erin Breitenbucher
Senior Policy and Program Associate, Washington
202-682-7465 or

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 only if policies 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 hamper the innovative potential of the Internet and snuff the dynamic growth of the ICT sector.

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 private sector leadership of the technical management of the Domain Name System.
  • Oppose overly broad local data storage requirements.


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 UN, where we are actively contributing to the Review of the WSIS process, underscoring how ICTs promote economic development and realization of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
  • At the OECD, where we worked through BIAC to shape the revision of the OECD Security Guidelines to ensure a risk-based approach to cybersecurity and will influence its implementation.
  • At APEC, where we are pressing for privacy approaches that are not overly burdensome on companies and continue to enable cross-border data flows.
  • In Washington, where we are working to ensure that the transition of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) stewardship functions is entirely consistent with the principles set forth by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

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 the transition of 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.


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 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
  • The OECD
  • The APEC Electronic Commerce Steering Group
  • The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Positions and Statements

Smartphone_mobile_globe 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.
Many companies are expected to meet conflicting requirements ICC Tackles Concerns About CrossBorder Access to Company Data (3/20/2012) - The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has issued a policy statement pointing out conflicts that can arise between law enforcement requirements and privacy commitments when governments seek access to personal data held by companies across national borders.

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News Stories

Global Communications. 3D rendering. Business Supports Expansion of APEC Privacy Rules (11/29/2016) - Global industry groups, including USCIB, have united in calling for expanded participation in the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules system.
Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses the CEO Summit. APEC CEO Summit Highlights Need for Continued US Leadership (11/21/2016) - While last week's APEC Summit in Peru coincided with concerns about an uncertain U.S. role in Asia and the Pacific, there were also signs of progress and hope for continued U.S. leadership.

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Press Releases

Trump announces security policy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 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.
Womans controls Internet of Things in smart home with app Business Urges U.S. Government to Push Back Against Efforts to Expand ITU’s Jurisdiction (9/27/2016) - USCIB opposes expanding the ITU’s remit to include Internet governance policy

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Op-Eds and Speeches

Trump announces security policy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 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.
Closing Remarks by USCIB Peter Robinson to OECD Ministerial on the Future of the Internet (6/18/2008) - On behalf of the business community, let me applaud Ministers for signing a Declaration that lays out a clear path to the future Internet economy. We are especially pleased to see that our vision shares many of the same hopes and expectations as those that are outlined in the Declaration.

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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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