Monthly Archives: December 2012

December 17, 2012 | Letters, News, Other

The Internet Association COPPA Letter

Excerpt:  The Internet Association (“The IA”) appreciates the opportunity to provide supplemental comments on proposed changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) …we are submitting this letter now because we are strongly committed to maintaining child safety and protecting the privacy of children online.

To read the Internet Association’s letter, click here.


December 13, 2012 | News, Press Releases

The Internet Association Statement on ITU Move To Regulate the Internet

December 13, 2012
Contact: Betsy Barrett 202-997-3266 /

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Michael Beckerman, the President and CEO of The Internet Association issued the following statement regarding the ITU’s move to regulate the Internet:

“According to our sources on the ground in Dubai and under the cover of darkness the United Nations appears to have moved one step closer to regulating the Internet. The United States government and the free citizens of the world must pay attention and let their voices be heard before this harmful action is finalized this week.

“Millions of people across the globe have rejected the proposed U.N. takeover of the Internet. The U.S. Congress in a strong bipartisan manner, voted to unanimously oppose the ITU’s intervention in the governance of the Internet. But the ITU efforts tonight may forever alter the free and open multi-stakeholder governance model under which the Internet has thrived.

“The Internet is one of the greatest engines for economic growth, freedom and prosperity the world has ever known. The unique nature of the Internet – free from government control and governed by multiple stakeholders – has unleashed unprecedented entrepreneurialism, creativity, innovation, and freedom far beyond imagination. Preserving a free Internet for all people is essential to the preservation of political and economic liberty.

“The Internet Association is strongly opposed to ITU efforts to regulate the Internet and urges Member States to ensure it is not included in the final treaty text. We urge the Internet community to join together to stop this imminent threat to Internet freedom.”


December 7, 2012 | News, Press Releases

The Internet Association Expands Its Team

For Immediate Release
CONTACT:  Betsy Barrett 202.803.5783 /
DATE:  Friday, December 7, 2012

Names Gina Grandinetti Woodworth as Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Internet Association (The IA), the D.C. based trade organization representing the interests of the leading Internet companies, is pleased to announce the appointment of Gina Grandinetti Woodworth as Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs.

The IA is comprised of a diverse group of 14 global Internet companies, including, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Rackspace,, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, and Zynga.

Woodworth brings to The IA nearly a decade of professional government relations, legislative and lobbying experience in technology policy.  She will contribute to The IA’s public policy development and Congressional advocacy.  Woodworth joins The IA from the Entertainment Software Association where she served as the Senior Director of Federal Government Affairs.  Before ESA, Woodworth served as Staff Director on the U.S. Senate High Tech Task Force.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Italian Studies from Dickinson College.

“We are fortunate that Gina is joining The Internet Association. Her Internet policy expertise and advocacy experience are assets that will help advance public policy solutions for our association and our members,” said The IA’s President and CEO Michael Beckerman.

“Gina has been a tireless advocate for the video game industry. With her constant energy, ideas, and professionalism, we have no doubt she will excel in her new post and we wish her great success.” Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, which represents the U.S. video game industry.

Since its official launch, The IA also hired Betsy Barrett (former Communications Director to U.S. Representative John D. Dingell (D-MI-15)) as Director of Communications, Nika Nour (former New Media Specialist at the House Committee on Energy and Commerce) as Digital Director, and Alezandra Brady (a recent USC MPA graduate) as Office Manager.  The IA plans to continue growing its team in the next year.

“I am proud of the bipartisan team we are building,” Beckerman said.  “We have a strong group who are all dedicated to protecting Internet freedom.  We are still growing, and I look forward to adding more great people to our team in the next year.”

About The Internet Association: The Internet Association is the unified voice of the Internet economy, representing the interests of America’s leading Internet companies and their global community of users. The Internet Association is dedicated to advancing public policy solutions to strengthen and protect Internet freedom, foster innovation and economic development, and empower users.  The Internet Association is headquartered in Washington, D.C. 

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December 5, 2012 | Other

The IA and CCIA Submit Comments to U.S. Copyright Office on Federal Resale Royalty Right

Excerpt:  The IA and CCIA appreciate the opportunity to provide comments on whether the Office should adopt a federal resale royalty right. The Associations agree that artists should participate in the market on an equal footing and enjoy fair compensation for the value of their works. At the same time, the Office’s conclusion that a federal resale royalty right “does not appear to be the best way to level the playing field” is as true today as it was in 1992.

To view the comments The Internet Association submitted today, click here.

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