ICC BASIS opening remarks at the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), Geneva

  • 22 May 2012

Outline of remarks delivered by Joseph Alhadeff, Chief Privacy Strategist and Vice President for Global Public Policy at Oracle Corporation, Vice Chair ICC Commission on the Digital Economy

[Introductory comments]

[Business and the priority themes]

[WSIS follow up]



The Post-WSIS processes and IGF have played an important role in enabling dialog with other stakeholders in productive fora not bound by the limitations of topics or conversations that invariably occur in the process of statement or document negotiation. This structure has enabled Multi-Stakeholder participation to reach levels of meaning and understanding that provide useful understanding and inputs that can support work in other fora that are more deeply mired in document creation. Furthermore, the regional initiatives and meetings supporting these processes have provided an opportunity for more direct engagement with local stakeholders in the regions that can make use of this enhanced understanding. Enhanced cooperation leading to enhanced understanding has the great potential to yield enhanced opportunity in both the digital economy and information society for the greater benefit of all involved. Please don’t underestimate the importance of this work and enhanced cooperation.

Thank you. I wish all a productive week of meetings.