USCIB Applauds Approval of OECD Principles on Artificial Intelligence

Washington, D.C., May 22, 2019 – The United States Council for International Business (USCIB), applauds the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) approval on May 22 of the OECD Principles on Artificial Intelligence (AI). Working through Business at OECD (BIAC), a core group of USCIB members participated in a special, 50+ member experts group that was convened to scope these principles. They contributed directly to the development of five complementary, values-based principles for the responsible development and stewardship of trustworthy AI and five recommendations for public policy and international cooperation.

Importantly, these principles are not prescriptive. They highlight human-centered values, fairness, transparency, robust security, and accountability as foundational elements for AI deployment that will ensure inclusive growth, sustainable development and well-being. The principles, which were developed through multistakeholder dialogue involving input from business, government, civil society, the technical community, and labor unions, also recognize the appropriate role of governments in creating an enabling environment for research and development to drive innovation in trustworthy AI. They call upon governments to develop mechanisms to share data and knowledge and programs to equip people with digital skills so they can transition to new employment that will harness AI for economic and societal good. The OECD’s 36 member countries, along with Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru and Romania, who signed up to the AI Principles at the organization’s annual Ministerial Council Meeting today in Paris, further agreed to cooperate across borders and sectors to share information, and develop international, interoperable standards to ensure safe, fair and trustworthy AI.

“USCIB is honored that its members played a direct role in shaping principles that will enable us to tap the extraordinary potential of Artificial Intelligence in a manner that will improve economic and societal well-being across diverse sectors such as energy and the environment, healthcare, and transportation, to name a few,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson. “Perhaps most important, these principles include important safeguards that keep human-centered values at the core of AI deployment and prevail upon all ‘AI actors’ to respect democratic values throughout the AI system lifecycle, commit to transparency, and to demonstrate accountability, among other responsibilities. We see a bright future ahead and look forward to the adoption of these principles by OECD members and non-members alike,” added Robinson.

About USCIB:
USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world, generating $5 trillion in annual revenues and employing over 11 million people worldwide. As the U.S. affiliate of the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Organization of Employers and Business at OECD, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More at www.uscib.org.

Contact:
Jonathan Huneke, USCIB
+1 212.703.5043, jhuneke@uscib.org

Conference to Help Policymakers Navigate Fast-Evolving Digital Economy

Washington, D.C., February 26, 2019 – With the digital economy delivering innovations at breakneck speed, how can policymakers maximize the beneficial impacts of new technologies and business models, while also addressing challenges they may create? This is the fundamental question to be tackled at a March 25 conference in Washington, D.C.: “Going Digital: OECD Insights for a Changing World.”

The conference, a joint program of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), Business at OECD (BIAC) and the 36-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), will bring together an array of experts from business, government, the technical community and civil society.

“Since the OECD launched its Going Digital project two years ago, it has sought to help policymakers foster an environment that enables national economies and societies to prosper in a world that is increasingly digital and data-driven,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter M. Robinson. “This conference will provide a first readout of discussions at the OECD’s pivotal Going Digital Summit, which takes place March 11-12 in Paris, while also serving as a platform for discussion of developments in the digital economy from an American perspective.”

Topics for discussion include:

  • Making the Digital Transformation Work for Growth and Well-Being
  • The OECD’s “Going Digital” Policy Recommendations: From Paper to Practice
  • Securing the Digital Economy rom Cyber-Threats
  • Harnessing Artificial Intelligence for Economic and Social Prosperity

Confirmed speakers for the conference include:

  • Andrew Wyckoff, director of the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Robert Strayer, deputy assistant secretary for cyber and international communications and information policy, U.S. Department of State
  • David Redl, administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Gail Slater, special assistant to the president for technology, telecommunications and cybersecurity policy, National Economic Council, The White House
  • Lynne Parker, assistant director for artificial intelligence, Office of Science and Technology, The White House

Held at the AT&T Forum for Technology, Entertainment and Policy, this event is the latest in the Joseph H. Alhadeff Digital Economy Conference Series, named in honor of the late Oracle Corp. executive who provided crucial business leadership on digital economy topics at the OECD and in many other forums.

More information is available on the conference website.

About USCIB:

USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world, generating $5 trillion in annual revenues and employing over 11 million people worldwide. As the U.S. affiliate of several leading international business organizations, including BIAC, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More information is available at www.uscib.org.

Contact:

Jonathan Huneke, USCIB

jhuneke@uscib.org, +1 212.703.5043

 

Ellen Blackler of Disney Named to Chair USCIB’s ICT Policy Committee

Ellen Blackler, The Walt Disney Company

New York, N.Y., August 20, 2018 – The United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which represents American business in numerous global policy forums, has appointed Ellen Blackler, vice president of global public policy with The Walt Disney Company, as chair of its Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Committee. As chair, Blackler will spearhead the organization’s development and delivery of business views on information technology and internet policy matters worldwide, working with companies and organizations from across USCIB’s diverse membership.

“Ellen Blackler brings in-depth knowledge of critical issues in international ICT policy and cross-border business,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter M. Robinson. “She has played a key role in forging consensus across industries to advance business views in the UN, the OECD and other important multilateral forums. Under Ellen’s stewardship of our ICT Committee, and with the ongoing support of USCIB Vice President Barbara Wanner, we look forward to fostering an even more active and constructive role for the private sector in global ICT policy discussions.”

Blackler manages public policy issues for Disney on a range of issues related to internet policy, human rights, privacy, and children and the media. Prior to joining Disney, Blackler worked for AT&T, where she oversaw policy development on privacy, broadband deployment and universal service, access to ICT for people with disabilities, health care and tax-related issues. Blackler previously served on the staff of the Federal Communications Commission, where she led the team drafting the FCC’s annual reports on the availability of broadband service, among other responsibilities, and in the New York State government.

USCIB’s ICT Committee advocates for policies characterized by free and fair competition, minimal government intervention and free information flows that ensure the continued growth of information and communication technologies in a range of strategic forums, including the UN, OECD, APEC and ICANN. In particular, it leverages USCIB’s overseas network of business groups, including the International Chamber of Commerce and Business at OECD, to secure strong industry representation and input to major multilateral discussions of ICT issues.

About USCIB:
USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world, generating $5 trillion in annual revenues and employing over 11 million people worldwide. As the U.S. affiliate of the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Organization of Employers and Business at OECD, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More information is available at www.uscib.org.

Contact:
Jonathan Huneke, VP Communications, USCIB
+1 212.703.5043 or jhuneke@uscib.org

Washington Conference to Explore OECD’s Role in Facilitating the Digital Transformation

ict_conference_boxNew York, N.Y., January 18, 2017 – How can policy makers and the business community work together to ensure that new technologies and digital applications can lead to a more prosperous, productive, inclusive and socially beneficial world? And what lessons can be learned from recent discussions and related work within the 35-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)?

This is the focus of a timely conference, “Fostering Digital Transformation: The OECD’s Role,” organized by The USCIB Foundation, the educational arm of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), March 8 in Washington, D.C.

“This will be an important forum for dialogue among technologists and policy makers to help us navigate toward a more robust, secure and inclusive digital economy,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter M. Robinson. “Following last year’s pivotal OECD Ministerial in Cancun, which recognized the digital economy as a powerful catalyst for innovation, growth and overall prosperity, the focus will be on moving forward the OECD’s ambitious agenda. We will explore how broad-ranging OECD policy frameworks can help to address new challenges posed by changing global policy dynamics.”

Topics for discussion include:

  • The Digital Economy and Information Society of the Future
  • Realizing the Global Commercial Benefits and Corporate Societal Responsibilities of Digitalization
  • Enhancing Trust in the Digitally Connected Ecosystem

Confirmed speakers for the event include:

  • Douglas Frantz, deputy secretary general of the OECD
  • Andrew Wyckoff, director of the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Anne Carblanc, head of the OECD Digital Economy Policy Division
  • Eric Loeb, senior vice president of international external and regulatory affairs, AT&T
  • Joseph Alhadeff, vice president of global public policy, Oracle Corp.

The conference, which is co-organized by the OECD and Business at OECD (BIAC), will take place at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center (901 K Street, NW, Washington, D.C.). More information is available on the conference website. Event sponsors and partners include AT&T, Google, Microsoft and Inside Cybersecurity.

About USCIB:
USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence.  Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world.  With a unique global network encompassing leading international business organizations, including BIAC, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More information is available at www.uscib.org.

Contact:
Jonathan Huneke, USCIB
+1 212.703.5043, click here to e-mail

Business Urges U.S. Government to Push Back Against Efforts to Expand ITU’s Jurisdiction

Womans controls Internet of Things in smart home with appNew York, N.Y., September 27, 2016 – Representing a broad cross-section of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) released a statement today outlining business priorities for the upcoming World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2016 (WTSA-16). The meeting will convene from October 25 to November 3 in Tunisia to determine the work program of the United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T), which develops international recommendations for the telecommunication sector.

While USCIB appreciates the ITU’s role in developing international standards that promote the smooth functioning of global telecommunication networks, the business group opposes expanding the ITU’s remit to include Internet governance policy.

“We urge the U.S. government to push back strongly on efforts by some member states to use the WTSA-16 review of the ITU-T’s work program as an opportunity to expand the ITU’s jurisdiction to include various Internet governance issues,” USCIB said in the statement. “A multi-stakeholder framework has proved far more effective in addressing Internet policy matters against a dynamic technological backdrop than binding rules developed by an inter-governmental organization.”

The business community also expressed concern about proposals to expand the role of governments in fostering the Internet of Things (IoT), citing the danger that such an expansion of the ITU’s remit would “support government mandates that will stifle rather than promote the benefits of IoT.” USCIB stressed that there should be no mandates or regulation of emerging technologies.

USCIB supports the efforts of the U.S. government and other sector members at the WTSA-16 to underscore the value of the ITU in “developing important technical and voluntary telecommunications standards,” the statement added.

“Expanding its work program beyond its current remit would compromise the Sector’s ability to meet its current goals,” the statement concludes. “Moreover, such an expansion would negatively impact industry’s ability to address Internet governance-related issues and explore standards and best practices for emerging technologies that are more effectively addressed in existing multi-stakeholder policy-making and standards-setting bodies.”

About USCIB:

USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network encompassing leading international business organizations, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More information is available at www.uscib.org.

Contact:
Jonathan Huneke, VP communications, USCIB
+1 212.703.5043 or jhuneke@uscib.org

USCIB Supports EU Endorsement of the Privacy Shield Framework

Digital GlobeWashington, D.C., July 11, 2016 – The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) strongly supports the July 8 vote to approve the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield by the Article 31 Committee, a group composed of representatives from each of the European Union’s 28 Member States. The Privacy Shield framework will serve as a new mechanism governing the transatlantic transfer of data to replace the previous “Safe Harbor” arrangement, which the European Court of Justice invalidated in October 2015. EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova is expected to sign it officially in the near future.

“The favorable vote by the Article 31 Committee on July 8 is a credit to the tireless and concerted efforts of negotiators from the European Union and the United States to realize a new, stronger privacy protection mechanism governing transatlantic data flows,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson. “The new framework will provide greater certainty for business and confidence for consumers, which, in turn, will promote business activities and investments yielding increased economic and societal benefits for all. USCIB encourages both governments to implement the new Privacy Shield in a timely manner.”

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) also issued a statement welcoming the EU’s endorsement of the privacy shield, saying the endorsement is an important step for the transatlantic economy.

Contact:
Jonathan Huneke, VP Communications, USCIB
+1 212.7035043 or jhuneke@uscib.org

About USCIB:
USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network – encompassing ICC, the International Organization of Employers, and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD – USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. www.uscib.org.

Calling All App Developers! – BIAC “Connected Communities, Connected Lives” Hackathon Contest in Mexico

Smartphone_mobile_globeNew York, N.Y., May 10, 2016 – As government officials prepare for an OECD Ministerial next month to explore the evolution of the digital economy as a platform for economic growth and social progress, the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) invites all coders and app developers to compete for cash prizes at a Hackathon contest taking place on June 20 and 21 in Cancun, Mexico, in association with the 2016 OECD Ministerial on the Digital Economy.

“The Hackathon is a fantastic opportunity for young app developers to demonstrate their talents to digital economy policymakers and executives from the world’s leading tech companies,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson. “We will be treated to an insider’s view on the innovative process that drives the digital economy.”

Organized by the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD, the Hackathon invites coders to compete in teams within the following app categories: cultural heritage, smart city, social inclusion and entrepreneurship. Winners will be announced at the OECD Ministerial dinner on June 22. Several awards and prizes are up for grabs, including the grand prize of $10,000 and four months’ mentorship by Angel Ventures. Free lodging will be provided for those team members selected to attend the dinner.

Hackathon participants are invited to register for the event on BIAC’s website.

As the U.S. affiliate to BIAC, USCIB has played an active role in planning the Hackathon. The following USCIB members are sponsoring the event: AT&T, Cisco, Disney, Google, Intel, Oracle, Microsoft and Verisign.

Members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will gather in Cancun, Mexico from June 21 to 23 for a Ministerial meeting to discuss new approaches to digital economy policy. Click here for more information on the Ministerial.

About USCIB:
USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network encompassing leading international business organizations, including BIAC, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More information is available at www.uscib.org.

Contact:
Jonathan Huneke, VP communications, USCIB
+1 212.703.5043 or jhuneke@uscib.org

USCIB Applauds Plan to Transition Stewardship of Key Internet Functions, Urges U.S. Government Approval

Digital GlobeNew York, N.Y., March 10, 2016 – The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) welcomed a comprehensive package of proposals developed by numerous Internet stakeholders including the private sector, which will enable global stewardship of the domain name system (DNS) and enhance accountability of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which manages the global domain name system.

The proposals, if approved, would permit the transfer of the stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), a set of core functions necessary for the running of the Internet domain name system, from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), to the multi-stakeholder Internet community, with safeguards to enable active involvement by the in processes designed to hold ICANN accountable as an independent entity.

“While some have argued that the Internet should be overseen by governments, the two-year process that culminated in this plan demonstrates that the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance works,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter M. Robinson. “This model is clearly the most appropriate means for considering issues that could affect the operation of the global Internet as we move forward.”

At an ICANN meeting wrapping up today in Marrakesh, Morocco, ICANN’s board approved the proposal and immediately transmitted it to NTIA.

“USCIB worked actively to help shape this ground-breaking initiative,” said Robinson. “We believe that the final product will meet NTIA’s criteria for the transition of the IANA stewardship role and ensure the continued stability, security and resiliency of the domain name system as well as fundamental openness of the Internet. We urge NTIA to approve the plan.”

The package combines the technical requirements for the IANA stewardship transition with important, interrelated enhancements to ICANN’s accountability to replace the “backstop” function provided by NTIA’s current contract with ICANN.

“USCIB believes this package will best ensure the continued security and stability of the domain name system and preclude its capture by a government or governmental entity, which is one of NTIA’s important criteria,” according to Barbara Wanner, USCIB’s vice president for information, communications and technology (ICT) policy.

On ICANN accountability, USCIB said the proposal would empower the Internet community through use of a bottom-up, multi-stakeholder model. “There are details that still need refinement, such as the drafting of bylaws,” said Wanner. “We look forward to helping shape these as part of the continued open and consultative implementation process.”

According to Wanner, USCIB contributions to the processes of encouraging the IANA stewardship transition and enhancing ICANN’s accountability have reflected cross-sectoral and cross-community perspectives. She noted that, as an association composed of more than 300 multinational companies, law firms and business associations, the organization’s membership represents a broad cross-section of leading global companies in the ICT sector. Moreover, USCIB members come from both the “contracted house” of ICANN – those companies that serve as registries and registrars of Internet domain names – as well as the “non-contracted house,” which encompasses others in the private sector.

About USCIB:
USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network encompassing leading international business organizations, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Organization of Employers (IOE) and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More at www.uscib.org.

Contact:
Jonathan Huneke, USCIB
+1 917.420.0039, jhuneke@uscib.org

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USCIB Supports Conclusion of “EU-US Privacy Shield”

us_eu_flags_3New York, N.Y., February 2, 2016 – The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) commends the tireless and concerted efforts of negotiators from the European Union and the United States for achieving agreement on a new framework governing transatlantic data transfers, the “EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.”

“While providing strengthened privacy protections, this agreement will promote legal certainty and consumer confidence for transatlantic data flows, thereby fostering new projects, investments and provision of services that increase economic and societal benefits,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson.

USCIB supports efforts by all parties involved to finalize and implement the new Privacy Shield in a timely manner. Earlier today, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), of which USCIB is the U.S. affiliate, issued a statement in support of the EU-U.S. privacy shield.

About USCIB:
USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network – encompassing ICC, the International Organization of Employers, and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD – USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. www.uscib.org.

Contact:
Jonathan Huneke, USCIB
+1 212.703.5043, jhuneke@uscib.org

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USCIB Welcomes Expansion of WTO’s Information Technology Agreement

world map on interfaceNew York, N.Y., December 16, 2015 – The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) welcomed today’s long-awaited expansion of the WTO’s Information Technology Agreement (ITA), a deal that eliminates tariffs on a wide array of information technology products and services. ITA was finalized at the WTO ministerial meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, and once implemented the agreement is expected to inject $190 billion into the global economy.

“This market-opening agreement holds vast potential to boost U.S. exports and lower the costs of doing business for companies of all sizes,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson. “All businesses use ICTs, and dropping barriers on high tech products will contribute to global growth, jobs and sustainable development.”

The WTO estimates that ITA expansion will cut tariffs on over $1 trillion in annual global sales of high-tech products, of which $180 billion come from the Unites States. In addition to boosting American technology exports, the ITA is expected to support up to 60,000 new U.S. jobs.

The original 1996 ITA helped cement the growth of electronic commerce and the digital economy by freeing up trade in many IT goods and services. Today’s agreement expands the number of IT goods covered by ITA; it is the first major tariff-elimination deal at the WTO in 18 years.

Robinson added: “We applaud the determination displayed by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and his team for securing the expansion of this agreement.”

About USCIB:
USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More at www.uscib.org.

Contact:
Jonathan Huneke, USCIB
+1 212.703.5043, jhuneke@uscib.org

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