Monthly Archives: October 2015

October 28, 2015 | News, Press Releases

Internet Association Sweeps Up Handy As Newest Member

Handy CEO & Co-Founder Hanrahan: “The Internet Association and its member companies represent an impressive and forward-thinking community, and we look forward to our collective efforts advocating for policies that support continued flexibility and growth across the Internet economy.”

 

Washington, D.C. – The Internet Association is pleased to announce today that Handy, the leading platform for on-demand home services, joined as the organization’s 37th member. Founded in 2012, Handy offers affordable, seamless solutions to the age-old problem of finding trusted household service professionals. From home cleaning to handyman services, Handy matches and schedules tens of thousands of bookings every week with trusted independent professionals in cities all around the world.

“At Handy, we believe in the transformative power of on-demand platforms to improve lives and expand opportunities across the economic spectrum,” said Oisin Hanrahan, Handy CEO and Co-Founder. “The Internet Association and its member companies represent an impressive and forward-thinking community, and we look forward to our collective efforts advocating for policies that support continued flexibility and growth across the Internet economy.”

In just three years, Handy has become the most convenient way to find solutions for everything in the home. The platform is now available in 15 states and the District of Columbia, and cities abroad in Canada and the United Kingdom – totaling 37 locations worldwide. And, recently in June, the platform announced it has helped facilitate over one million bookings through its mobile and online platform.

“The Internet Association is excited to welcome Handy to our growing membership,” said Michael Beckerman, Internet Association President and CEO. “As a leader within the thriving on-demand economy, Handy will be a valuable partner in our efforts to ensure that Internet companies can continue to compete and provide consumers value and choice.”

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October 22, 2015 | News, Press Releases

Assemblywoman Autumn Burke and the Internet Association Highlight the Internet’s Positive Impact for El Segundo Small Businesses

Callahan: “These businesses in El Segundo demonstrate the powerful role the Internet plays in driving economic growth around the country.”

 

Washington, D.C. – Today, Assemblywoman Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood) and the Internet Association led a small business crawl in El Segundo, California. The crawl featured three local businesses using the Internet to expand their operations, reach more customers, increase job opportunities, and boost the local economy.

“As a former business owner and entrepreneur, I am proud to see El Segundo’s small businesses continuing to embrace California’s rich tradition of Internet-enabled creativity and innovation,” said Autumn Burke. “The Internet has had a transformative impact on our local economy, allowing members of this community to connect with millions of customers across the globe, produce more jobs for working Californians, and become competitors in the global marketplace.”

The tour will highlight a wide cross-section of businesses in El Segundo, including:
Electric Bikes LA is a first-of-its kind bicycle shop that sells and repairs electric and folding bikes. The company uses its websites to showcase the shop’s newest products globally-inspired and allow customers purchase items.
LIP-INK, a technology and cosmetics company featuring products made with natural, organic, and vegan botanical ingredients, exclusively sells its wide array of cosmetic products online. The company also manufactures and ships products from its only headquarters located in El Segundo.
Tree Musketeers is a non-profit youth organization that “works to empower young people to be environmental leaders.” The organization uses its website and social media channels to effectively engage and foster youth leaders in the community. In addition, the organization receives donations through its website.
“These businesses in El Segundo demonstrate the powerful role the Internet plays in driving economic growth around the country,” said Robert Callahan, California Executive Director of the Internet Association. “In today’s hyper-connected and fast-paced economy, the Internet provides businesses with unprecedented access to markets around the world.”

The Internet Association, which serves as the unified voice of the Internet economy, has previously hosted small business crawls in Fresno, Fremont, and around the United States.

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October 20, 2015 | News, Statements

Statement on the House Passage of the Judicial Redress Act

Washington, DC – Today, Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement on the House passage of the Judicial Redress Act:

“The Internet Association applauds the passage of the Judicial Redress Act by the House of Representatives. If enacted, the Judicial Redress Act will be an important step towards restoring trust between the EU and U.S., and ultimately the cross border data flows between the U.S. and our European allies. We call on the Senate to take up and pass the Judicial Redress Act as soon as possible.

“The Internet industry has consistently called for surveillance reforms such as the Judicial Redress Act and the USA Freedom Act passed earlier this year. In light of these and other reforms, we reiterate our call for the expeditious completion of the revised Safe Harbor agreement, so that legal certainty can be restored for the business – both large and small – and the consumers that rely on it.”

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October 19, 2015 | News, Press Releases

Honoring Ireland’s Dennis Jennings For His Invaluable Contributions To Shaping The Modern-Day Internet

Beckerman: “Ultimately the Internet is a global network, and without the great contributions of people from around the world, the Internet would not be the success it is today.”

 

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Internet Association is hosting its first event in the EU at Yahoo!’s Dublin Offices in Ireland to honor Dr. Dennis Jennings, Ireland’s Internet Pioneer and Hall of Fame Inductee.

“Dennis’s contributions to the creation of the NSFNET are a perfect example of the global collaboration and innovation that have driven the growth of the Internet since its inception,” said Michael Beckerman, Internet Association President and CEO. “As the voice of Internet companies that create jobs and facilitate the spread of knowledge around the world, we are proud to honor Dennis for his work in helping to create the foundation on which today’s Internet economy is built.”

The event will take place during the ICANN 2015 Public Meeting in Dublin, and will recognize Jennings’ career achievements, which were vital in laying the foundation for the creation of the Internet as we know it today. Specifically, Jennings made three key choices about the network’s architecture, each of which fostered its growth and global reach:

  • that it would be a general-purpose research network, not limited to the connection of supercomputers;
  • it would act as the backbone for connection of regional networks at each supercomputing site; and
  • it would use the ARPANET’s TCP/IP protocols.

“With the recent ECJ ruling on Safe Harbor and the effort to create a Digital Single Market in the EU, it is important that we have the conversations necessary to keep the Internet an open and vibrant platform. Ultimately the Internet is a global network, and without the great contributions of people from around the world, the Internet would not be the success it is today,” Beckerman concluded.

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October 6, 2015 | News, Statements

Statement on the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Agreement

Washington, D.C. – Today, Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement on the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Agreement:

“Internet companies have mechanisms in place to effectuate data transfers beyond the Safe Harbor, but smaller companies and consumers both in the EU as well as in the U.S. could experience significant challenges going forward. In light of this far reaching European Court of Justice ruling, the Internet Association calls on the U.S. and EU to join forces to implement a revised Safe Harbor framework and to issue interim guidance to stakeholders pending this implementation. The Internet industry has consistently supported surveillance reform, including the Judicial Redress Act which would extend certain U.S. privacy protections to EU citizens. We reiterate our support for this legislation and look forward to its swift passage through Congress.”

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Top Internet Business Leaders Confirmed To Speak At Internet Association’s Third Annual Virtuous Circle Summit BECKERMAN: “The value of the Virtuous Circle Summit is the conversations that take place when you bring together the leading voices in the internet innovation and policy space.” Washington, DC — Today, Internet Association announced its initial list of confirmed speakers Read more »

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