Internet Governance Policies

Global business leaders unite

Global business leaders united on Internet governance priorities at annual UN-linked forum in Lithuania yesterday. International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Sri Lanka Chairman and ICC Paris Commission E-business, IT and Telecoms (EBITT) member Tissa Jayaweera who participated in this event electronically told Daily News Business that emerging technologies such as cloud computing promise to empower developed and developing countries alike, but stakeholders must unite on finding cohesive global policies that can address associated issues including access, security and consumer concerns.

This is just one of the key agenda items to be tabled next week at the fifth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Lithuania. He said that the IGF was set up by the United Nations (UN) four years ago to facilitate the exchange of information and best practices on issues contributing to sustainability, stability and robustness of the Internet. Every year stakeholders from businesses, governments, civil society, and technical and intergovernmental organizations attend to discuss topics that include privacy, security and infrastructure policy issues, such as strategies for promoting continued investment and deployment.

To delve deeper into the relationship between cloud computing and Internet governance, ICC's Business Action to Support the Information Society (BASIS) initiative will host an IGF workshop with the Kenyan Government of Kenya on the penultimate day of the forum.

This session will encourage dialogue on a range of related issues while exploring the many benefits of widespread cloud computing adoption. The workshop will provide a range and balance of perspectives from participants, creating emphasis on issues that are of importance to developing countries and stakeholders in the further adoption of these solutions."

ICC will also host an Open Forum at the IGF to showcase its work on data protection and privacy and outline the best practice tools it has created to address trans-border data flows and other relevant issues.

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