This inventory provides comprehensive information about the substantive positions and recommendations of ICC‘s experts on many public policy issues relevant to the Internet and Information & Communications Technologies (ICTs) and all business sectors.
ICC is the global focal point for our members from around the world to develop policy positions and practice tools for policy decision-makers, business users, and all users. The EBITT Commission members from all geographies and sectors have pooled their experiences and perspectives to develop the consensus-built positions and recommendations contained in this inventory. The recommendations are based on extensive consultation among business experts. ICC policy documents go through a rigorous vetting by ICC national committees and members in 120 countries, and thus reflect a wide range of business opinion.
Having the right policy framework in place to maximize the potential of these technologies and mediums as engines of economic growth and social development is essential for business and all users. Governments, business, civil society, technical community representatives and international organizations share a common goal which is to bring the benefits of the Internet and ICTs to more people around the world. The joint efforts of all and the exchange of information and good practices are essential.
With the second edition of this inventory we hope to provide policymakers, businesses and users with helpful information and practical guidance to create the necessary environments to reach this common objective. Building upon the vision of former Chair of the EBITT Commission and BASIS initiative, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, when he launched the first edition of this inventory, the second edition continues to provide a brief description of the issues, where they are being addressed and a synopsis of the ICC positions and recommendations. For more detail, the reader can consult the full length policy statements and practice toolkits on a given topic. This inventory will help governments, businesses and consumers to do their part in making the most of ICTs, the Internet and the Information Society. We would like to recognize the leadership of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh in starting this inventory and the efforts of Thomas Pletscher, Secretary General, ICC Switzerland, who led the project for the 1st edition.