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As the primary source for business input and de facto focal point for business at IGF, the International Chamber of Commerce’s Business Action to Support the Information Society (ICC BASIS) is set to represent the experiences and perspectives of its global network for the 17th year running 

Responding to the main themes for discussion at this year’s IGF, ICC encourages all stakeholders to continue to work collectively to ensure that future developments regarding the Internet’s standards, policies and regulations are coherent with existing commitments to: 

  • promote a globally connected, stable, unfragmented Internet. Keep it whole! 
  • expand connectivity and ensure meaningful access for everyone. Keep it open! 
  • enable data free flows with trust to support a truly global digital economy. Keep it flowing! 
  • increase efforts to strengthen cybersecurity. Keep it safe! 
  • facilitate stakeholder collaboration for trusted AI. Keep it trustworthy! 
  • preserve the multistakeholder model for Internet governance. Keep it ours! 

ICC-BASIS contributions to IGF 2022 

At the highest levels… 

Appointed earlier this year to the IGF Leadership Panel, ICC Chair, Maria Fernanda Garza will be representing ICC and global business at the highest levels, joining UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for the first meeting of the Panel, followed by a Leadership Panel Roundtable with IGF Stakeholders on 30 November at 17:20-18:20. 

IGF main sessions will also be the opportunity for experts and thought leaders from all stakeholder groups to participate in open dialogues and drive towards a common understanding around key policy areas. The main sessions will cover the five key themes (thematic tracks) of the 17th IGF: 

  • Avoiding internet fragmentation 
  • Governing data and protecting privacy 
  • Enabling safety, security and accountability 
  • Connecting all people and safeguarding human rights
  • Addressing advanced technologies, including AI 

… and deep in discussions 

The format of the IGF focuses on knowledge sharing, best practice exchange and capacity building encouraging an openness and frankness of exchanges among participants that is not attained in events where negotiated texts result in entrenched positions being defended. To provide further context supporting ICC’s call for the commitments listed above, ICC BASIS will organise three workshops and support a fourth one organised by the U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB). The sessions will be open to all IGF participants joining onsite or online and broadcasted live on YouTube.

Register here for IGF and look into the interactive programme to add our workshops in your schedule! 

Towards Cyber Development Goals: implementing global norms 

Wednesday 30 November 2022 (08:15 UTC)  

The tension between the need for digital transformation and the lack of a strong cybersecurity posture is a real risk toward achieving the SDGs and a threat to achieving safe, secure, and rights respecting online environment. To empower and protect societies from increased cybersecurity risks associated with digital transformation, the international community should explore practical ways to mainstream cybersecurity capacity building into broader digital development efforts. 

ICC convened this session to discuss a global multistakeholder process to agree and adopt Cybersecurity Development Goals (CDGs) that would rally the international community to collaborate in closing digital divides, bolster resilience by fostering access to digital transformation, and enable the implementation of international law and norms to curtail malicious cyber activities. 

Join our session to share your perspectives on what such a list of goals should include, and what the process of developing them should look like. 

Trustworthy data flows: building towards common principles 

Wednesday 30 November 2022 (12:05 UTC) 

Cross-border data flows define how business operations and essential public services are designed, delivered and used. However, trust in international data flows is being eroded over concerns that government demands to access data may conflict with universal human rights and freedoms, including privacy rights, or cause concerns and conflicts with domestic laws when such access transcends borders. 

High-level principles and safeguards for government access to personal data held by the private sector are an essential first step in addressing cross-border data flows with trust, providing a much-needed foundation that can lead to more scalable measures and global dialogues. 

Tune in to discuss a set of such draft principles, based on work currently ongoing at the OECD and the paper recently released by the International Chamber of Commerce. 

Building a safe & trustworthy digital world for all children 

Friday, 2nd December 2022 (10:45 UTC) 

Connectivity has rapidly become one of the most defining features of our everyday lives, the way we study, work, do business, consume content or connect with our communities. 

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are also transforming essential social services, such as education and health care, as well as the ways in which people interact with their governments.  

In this context, it is imperative to ensure that future generations are equipped to reap the benefits this transformation can bring, that all children and young people are learning and acquiring the knowledge and skills they need to support a sustainable future. However, bringing children and young people online requires a lot more than expanding connectivity. 

Connect to this workshop to explore the elements of building a safe and trustworthy online environment for children, as well as the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders in fostering such an environment. 

Realizing Trustworthy AI through Stakeholder Collaboration – organised by USCIB. 

Tuesday, 29th November 2022 (13:20 UTC) 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) carries great promise for driving economic growth and improving our lives. This innovative technology has the potential to revolutionise how we live, work, learn, discover, and communicate.  

At the same time, there are growing concerns about the potential use and misuse of AI, with risks undermining personal privacy and online security protections, or supporting decision-making biases that exacerbate social inequality, among other possible pitfalls. The OECD’s AI Principles, adopted in 2019, aim to shape a stable policy environment at the international level to foster trust in and adoption of AI.   

This workshop will evaluate concrete examples of how business has endeavoured to implement the OECD AI Principles, consider the technical community’s views on appropriate AI standards, examine civil society’s perspective on using AI to realize the SDGs, and review government efforts to pursue the human-centric development of trustworthy AI.  

Find us in the IGF Village 

ICC BASIS will have a reserved exhibition space on the ground and online to share existing ICC messages and material on issues of key importance.