Commission on the Digital Economy

The Commission on the Digital Economy seeks to realize the full potential of e-commerce by developing policy and practical tools that encourage competition, growth, predictability, compliance and the secured, free flow of information in cross-border trade, via the Internet and information and communication technologies (ICT).

About the commission

By drawing upon a cross section of business leaders and experts from 50 ICC member countries, the commission develops policy position for the Internet and ICTs on behalf of users, providers and operators of information technology. The consensus-building process provides the best platform to develop global voluntary rules and best practice guidelines by articulating concerns to individual governments and helping develop the infrastructure for global on-line trade.

The principle objectives to date include:

  • advocating ICC positions in international initiatives , including the removal of regulatory barriers to the deployment of new technologies, the liberalization of telecommunications, and the ability to transmit secure message
  • conveying business priorities , regarding in particular management of the domain name system
  • promoting existing policy positions that facilitate the use of ICTs

The commission leverages ICC's standing as a world business organization in order to capture the attention of governments and provide them with business views as policies are shaped. This has a direct effect on national and international business operations.

The Commission on the Digital Economy currently informs the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the European Parliament and Commission of the European Union (EU), Council of Europe, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), World Trade Organization (WTO), World Bank, G8/G20, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Conference on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), UN ICT-related agencies and initiatives, and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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