ICC publishes second edition Internet and ICT inventory

  • 6 September 2010

ICC has published the second edition of its practical and informative tool: An Inventory of ICT Policy Positions and Practical Guidance.

Compiled by the ICC Commission on E-Business, IT and Telecoms (EBITT), and its related task forces, the inventory provides policymakers, business and other users of information and communications technologies (ICTs) with comprehensive and practical information on Internet, and ICT policies and practice.

“Bringing the benefits of the Internet and ICTs to more people around the world is a common goal for governments, business, civil society, technical community representatives and international organizations,” said Herbert Heitmann, Chair of the ICC EBITT Commission and Executive Vice President, External Communications, Royal Dutch Shell. “The joint efforts of all, and the exchange of information and good practices, are essential.”

Having the right policy framework in place to maximize the potential of ICTs and other mediums as engines of economic growth and social development is essential not only to business but to all users.

The updated inventory comprises substantive positions and recommendations, developed by EBITT commission members from all geographies and sectors,on a range of Internet and ICT-related public policy issues. Their pooled experiences and perspectives make up the consensus-built positions and recommendations contained in the inventory.

The inventory provides a brief description of issues, where they are being addressed and a synopsis of ICC positions and recommendations. For more detail on a given topic, inventory users can consult the related full-length policy statements and practice toolkits. ICC policy papers go through rigorous vetting by the ICC national committee network and members in over 120 countries, to reflect a wide range of business opinion.

“With the second edition of the inventory we hope to provide policymakers, businesses and users with helpful information and practical guidance to help governments, businesses and consumers to do their part in making the most of ICTs, the Internet and the Information Society,” Mr Heitmann concluded.