IGF Review: ICC BASIS preliminary input preliminary input

    Prepared by the ICC commission on : Commission on the Digital Economy
    Publication date : 06/02/2009

    Members of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and its BASIS initiative—Business Action to Support the Information Society, are pleased to provide input on the topic of the review of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) which is one of the agenda items for the open consultations on 23-24 February 2009 in Geneva.

    ICC and BASIS members include business representatives from companies and associations across sectors and geographies. Many members have been active contributors to the past three IGFs and before that to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Geneva 2003 and Tunis 2005.

    When WSIS 2005 ended, approximately 1 billion people were connected to the Internet. Today, 3 years later, the Information Society has expanded to 1.5 billion Internet users.Similarly, at WSIS 2005, slightly more than 2 billion people were mobile phone subscribers. By the end of this year, 4 billion people around the world will have access to mobile services and devices, and business is proud of its role in this deployment. It has worked hard to raise capital and invest in the necessary infrastructure and facilities, as well as to foster innovative applications and content that can help improve the quality of life for many. At the same time, we recognize that much work remains to be done, in close collaboration with other stakeholders, to make this an ever more inclusive, innovative and productive environment.