Commission on the Digital Economy 2017-07-24T15:02:13+00:00

The ICC Commission on the Digital Economy seeks to promote the global development of the digital economy and stable growth of ICT through private sector policy leadership, regulatory advocacy and the promotion of best practice

With members from 50+ countries, the commission provides for a global forum that develops policy positions and practical tools for the Internet and information communications technology (ICTs) on behalf of users, providers and operators of information technology..


Our mission

  • Advocating ICC positions in international initiatives by preparing policy material on the digital economy to promote economic growth, social development and job creation.
  • Conveying business priorities and providing practical business inputs on policy issues that can help ICC demonstrate the value and necessity of a multistakeholder approach to Internet and ICT policies.
  • Participating in and substantively contributing to key intergovernmental fora such as the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) + 10 processes

Our impact

The Commission on the Digital Economy informs the following international organizations and entities:

  • APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation)
  • Council of Europe
  • EU (the European Parliament and Commission of the European Union)
  • ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers)
  • ITU (International Telecommunication Union)
  • OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development)
  • UN agencies and ICT-related activities (post-World Summit on Information Society action lines)
  • Prepare an action plan to highlight global business priorities and the contribution of the digital economy to economic growth, social development and job creation. Offer guidance to governments supported by a compendium of business actions and practices, to be used for ICC high-level intergovernmental engagement, including the G20, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, OECD 2016 Ministerial, WTO, and others.
  • Develop an ICC privacy toolkit aimed at small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to provide a resource for companies to uphold privacy standards throughout business activity and enhance consumer and business confidence through effective privacy practices.
  • Continue to support cyber security initiatives and explore ways to mitigate the risks of cybercrime for e-business, consumer and business confidence as well as threats to business models and new technologies in the areas of Internet of things, machine to machine etc.
  • Work with the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD to develop an appendix to assist business in applying the OECD cyber security Guidelines.
  • Advocate cross-sectoral and global business priorities on privacy policy and regulatory frameworks in regional forums [European Union, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and others].Explore policy interoperability to simplify administrative procedures for business across different legal systems.Encourage all stakeholders to promote the appropriate protection of personal data in light of its nature and sensitivity across its life-cycle, to promote trust in new digital services (e.g. cloud computing, e-mobility, e-health solutions).
  • Advance business-government dialogue to encourage greater alignment between e-government and e-business objectives, including by providing input into the development of global standards for dematerialization aimed at linking current regional initiatives to avoid fragmentation in too many competing regional standards.
  • Provide practical policy inputs on topical issues that can help ICC demonstrate the value and necessity of a multistakeholder approach to Internet and ICT policies. Apply these practical global business inputs where possible to intergovernmental discussions and to reinforce the viability of multistakeholder entities such as the Internet Governance Forum.
  • Contribute to the transition of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) from the US government to a globally inclusive  multistakeholder organization, working with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to ensure business input and support for ICANN multistakeholder oversight of the Domain Name System, while ensuring its secure, stable and resilient functioning.

The Commission on the Digital Economy is the over-arching body for task forces dedicated to specific issues related to business interests, the Internet and constantly evolving information and telecommunications technologies (ICTs). Task forces are composed of three principles and respectively address: questions of national and international infrastructure and services, data protection and privacy, and security issues.

Drawing primarily upon members of the Commission on the Digital Economy, the task forces include business entities from 50 developed and developing countries. Each task force fits within the overall Commission on the Digital Economy strategy by developing and advocating global cross-sector business policy positions and recommendations to governmental and intergovernmental bodies, specific to their areas of interest. They further produce practical tools and guidance for businesses on Internet and ICT-related issues.

Cyber Security Task Force

The objective of the Task Force on Cyber Security is to develop consensus positions, business practice tools and articulate business interests for consideration in policy discussions and initiatives related to cyber security. It does so by being the ICC liaison to global cyber security forums such as the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise and by providing input into regulatory initiatives and producing practical tools to help companies in better implementing information security in their operations.

The task force contributes to improving network and information security for businesses and other users, by raising awareness and providing practical tools to make security a higher priority yet a less intimidating task. The Task Force will keep members exchange latest developments and insights on cyber threats that affect their businesses and will work to provide ways to anticipate and combat such threats. ICC works with policymakers through this task force to inform decisions and legislative actions related to information security to reflect the realities and needs of the private sector.

The Task Force on Cyber Security is chaired by Gerard Hartsink (CLS Group, The Netherlands).

Click here for the Task Force on Cyber Security’s page.

View all documents from the Task Force on Cyber Security.

Internet and Telecommunications Task Force

The objective of the Task Force on Internet and Telecommunications is to articulate business interests in international and regional policy initiatives related to the Internet and communications telecoms sector.

Developments with Internet-based solutions and the convergence of platforms and services present new policy and regulatory challenges. Business interests need to be communicated to ensure informed policy decisions are made and that regulatory agendas properly take into account the specific needs of business users.

The Task Force on Internet and Telecommunications ensures full, fair and sustainable competition in the telecommunications and Internet ecosystems, with the aim of bringing global benefits to all customers, users and providers of communications services. It advocates that communications services are lightly regulated and that government authorities develop ICT policies through competitive market forces instead of through regulation. It also ensures that the mandated cooperation of communication service providers with law enforcement is proportionate and reasonable, consistent with technical and business capabilities, reflective of customer confidence needs, as well as supportive of communication service provider competition.

The Internet and Telecommunications Task Force is currently co-chaired by Eric H. Loeb (AT&T Services Inc., US) and Christoph Steck (Telefónica S.A., Spain)

Click here for the Task Force on the Internet and Telecommunications’ page.

View all documents of the Task Force on the Internet and Telecommunications.

Privacy and Personal Data Protection Task Force

The objective of the Task Force on Privacy and Personal Data Protection is to keep members up to date on data protection developments that affect their businesses in areas such as international data transfer, RFID, whistleblower hotlines, and human resources data. It works to streamline processes and save companies money by developing standardized and practical tools.

A central area of focus is the standardization of rules on data transfer, since serving global customers means businesses are being constantly challenged by the need to move information across locations and networks in an increasingly secure and rapid manner.

The Task Force on Privacy and Personal Data Protection is currently chaired by David Hoffman (Security Policy and Global Privacy Officer, Intel Corporation).

Click here for the Task Force on Privacy and Personal Data Protection’s page .

View all documents of the Task Force on Privacy & Personal Data Protection .

Anne-Sophie Coppens, MARSH BELGIUM & BENELUX
Gérard  de Laminne de Bex, COMEOS
Sofia Dilinos, IAB EUROPE
Townsend Feehan, IAB EUROPE
Alison Fennah, IAB EUROPE
Alex Macarescu, IAB EUROPE
Matthias Matthiesen, IAB EUROPE
Ionel Naftanaila, IAB EUROPE
Catalina Panoiu, MARSH SA/NV
Marie-Clare Puffet, IAB EUROPE
Nathalie Ragheno, VBO-FEB
Goedele Van der Linden, MARSH SA/NV
Tanguy Van Overstraeten, LINKLATERS

Matthias Matthiesen, IAB EUROPE


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