At a recent policy cooperation dialogue on the internet economy between the United States and Japan, the two nations emphasized their continued commitment to an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure Internet. This dialogue served as the ninth meeting of the U.S.-Japan with regards to the internet economy and took place in Washington, DC, on July 23 and 24. The dialogue included discussions with private sector representatives from both countries on fifth generation mobile technologies (5G) and secure future Internet infrastructure, promoting cross-border data flows, international harmonization of regulatory frameworks and privacy, as well as ICT policy issues related to trending technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).
USCIB Vice President for ICT Policy Barbara Wanner spoke on a panel on the Prospect for Future Internet Policy Issues, alongside representatives from the Information Technology Industry Council, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Access Partnership. “U.S. and Japanese business and government have much in common with respect to opportunities and challenges in the digital economy, so collaborative approaches are very important going forward to ensure that we all reap the extraordinary economic, commercial, and societal benefits,” said Wanner.
Wanner also emphasized the need to work together in multilateral organizations and multistakeholder organizations especially in light of several countries continuing to press for government regulation of the internet by bringing Internet governance and digital economy issues under the UN or its specialized agencies. “This is not the best approach given the dynamic nature of technology development,” warned Wanner. “Heavy-handed regulations could damper this dynamism. Additionally this may open the door to efforts by some countries to use the Internet for surveillance of their citizens and possibly even censorship.”