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.
- 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.
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)