Monthly Archives: September 2016

September 30, 2016 | News, Press Releases

Internet Association Files Amicus Brief With 14 Organizations And Individuals To Oppose A Delay In The IANA Transition

BECKERMAN: “The case before the Court is without merit and we request that the Court deny any motions seeking a delay of the IANA transition.”

 

Washington, DC – Today, the Internet Association, along with Internet Infrastructure Coalition, Internet Society, Computer & Communication Industry Association, NetChoice, Mozilla, Packet Clearing House, ACT|The App Association, American Registry for Internet Numbers, Information Technology Industry Council, Access Now, Andrew Sullivan, Dr. Ted Hardie, Jari Arkko, and Alissa Cooper, filed an amicus brief in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas opposing a request from the States of Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, and Nevada that the Court grant a temporary restraining order to delay the IANA transition.  The groups and individuals joined in the brief represent the innovators and architects of the internet, who rely on the healthy functioning of a global and open internet.

“The case before the Court is without merit and we request that the Court deny any motions seeking a delay of the IANA transition,” said Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of the Internet Association.  “The internet industry cares deeply about the success of the platform, and the transition to a multistakeholder model benefits everyone in the ecosystem.   We are confident the transition will keep the internet safe, secure, reliable, and resilient.”

“This is a vitally important and dangerous case … it asks the Court to force the United States to enter into a contract that the Government has determined is not in the interest of the United States. The Plaintiffs, who failed to participate in an open, transparent, two-year process of deliberating and reaching consensus on the IANA stewardship transition, now urge the Court to act hastily on claims that are baseless.  A temporary restraining order to disrupt that transition would pose a significant threat to a free and open Internet and its many stakeholders both in the United States and across the world,” the brief states.

To read the full brief, click here.

 

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September 29, 2016 | News, Press Releases

Upwork Joins The Internet Association

BECKERMAN: “Upwork harnesses the connective power of the internet to improve lives.”

 

Washington, DC – The Internet Association today announced Upwork as its 40th member. Upwork, the world’s largest freelancing website, helps businesses get more done by making it simple, quick and cost-effective for them to find the right talent for projects requiring specialized skills. Freelance professionals and other small businesses earn more than $1 billion from their clients per year via Upwork.

“Like so many members of the Internet Association, Upwork harnesses the connective power of the internet to improve lives,” said Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman. “Internet platforms like Upwork are revolutionizing traditional employment models, providing companies easier access to talent, and giving users the freedom and flexibility to earn money on their own terms.”

Freelancers use Upwork’s platform to find clients, performing any type of knowledge work that can be done online, such as web development, graphic design, and accounting. According to Staffing Industry Analysts, the company is ranked #1 among online staffing platforms.

“We’re excited to work with the Internet Association to support policies that foster innovation and increase economic opportunity,” said Upwork CEO Stephane Kasriel. “At Upwork, our vision of work without limits drives how we serve our community. Especially here in the U.S., where freelancers account for more than a third of the workforce, our efforts with the Internet Association will help deepen understanding among policymakers of the economic impact freelancers have.”

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About Upwork
Upwork is the world’s largest freelancing website. As an increasingly connected and independent workforce goes online, knowledge work —like software, shopping and content before it— is shifting online as well. This shift is making it easier for clients to connect and work with talent in near real-time and is freeing professionals everywhere from having to work at a set time and place. Freelancers are earning more than $1 billion annually via Upwork. Upwork is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices in San Francisco and Oslo, Norway. For more information, visit our website at www.upwork.com, join us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

About Internet Association

The Internet Association’s mission is to foster innovation, promote economic growth, and empower people through the free and open Internet. The Internet creates unprecedented benefits for society, and as the voice of the world’s leading Internet companies, we ensure stakeholders understand these benefits. The Internet Association represents the interests of leading Internet companies including Airbnb, Amazon, Auction.com, Coinbase, DoorDash, Dropbox, eBay, Etsy, Expedia, Facebook, Fanduel, Google, Groupon, Handy, IAC, Intuit, LinkedIn, Lyft, Monster Worldwide, Netflix, Pandora, PayPal, Pinterest, Practice Fusion, Rackspace, reddit, Salesforce.com, Snapchat, SurveyMonkey, TransferWise, TripAdvisor, Turo, Twitter, Uber Technologies, Inc., Upwork, Yahoo!, Yelp, Zenefits, and Zynga. www.InternetAssociation.org.

September 16, 2016 | News, Press Releases

Internet Association Releases Study on the Effects of NYC Hotel Boom on Permanent Housing

HOOTON: “This report corrects the record surrounding housing costs and outlines the complexities of housing in New York, including the interplay of hotel growth and residential housing stock over the past six years.”

 

Washington, DC – The Internet Association today released a study detailing the interplay of hotel growth and residential housing stock in New York City over the past six years.

“This report corrects the record surrounding housing costs and outlines the complexities of housing in New York, including the interplay of hotel growth and residential housing stock over the past six years,” said Christopher Hooton, Chief Economist at the Internet Association.  “Internet-enabled short-term rental platforms provide New Yorkers the ability to flexibly earn income when they need it. Sharing economy platforms enhance economic security for residents. It is essential that policymakers understand the complexities of housing prices and this report highlights some of the documented factors that go into housing supply in New York City.”

An unprecedented boom in hotels and hotel rooms has directly contributed to a loss of residential space, which represents a missed opportunity for increasing residential living area and units and increases demand and price pressures within the housing market.

Key findings of the report include:

  • Rapid Hotel Growth: Hotel rooms increased by 34 percent from 2008-2014, far outpacing growth in residential units and population during the same period. This trend is set to continue, with the number of hotel rooms projected to increase by another 18 percent to approximately 120,000 active units by the end of 2016, and by 32 percent to 135,000 units by the year 2019. In 2014 and 2015 alone, the city brought on 61 new or renovated hotels, adding over 11,000 rooms to the total supply. And from January 2016 through the end of 2019, another 147 hotel projects are expected to come online.
  • Hotels Taking Over Hundreds of Thousands Of Square Feet Of Residential Space: Hotel development between 2010-2016 has directly resulted in the loss of at least 750,000 square feet of preexisting residential space and 773 preexisting residential units. Of those units lost, over half (398, or 51 percent) were in buildings converted from a majority residential use to a majority hotel use in that period.
  • Large Opportunity Cost of Hotel Construction: In addition to the loss of existing housing, new and expanded hotels took over building area that could have been used for permanent housing. If just half of the total new hotel space had been used for residential purposes, and 20% of that space was dedicated to affordable housing, more than 2.9 million square feet of market-rate housing and over 727,000 square feet of affordable housing could have been created.

In sum, the report highlights how hotels are, in some cases, eating up precious real estate while home sharing platforms are enabling New Yorkers to make ends meet and stay in their homes.

The study provides estimates for changes in New York City’s hotel and residential housing stock from 2010-2016 using the publicly available information from the city’s Primary Land Use Tax Lot Output (PLUTO) database.

To learn more about the hotel industry’s role in the New York City’s housing market, click here.

September 12, 2016 | News, Statements

Statement Supporting Passage of the Consumer Review Fairness Act

Washington, DC – Today, Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement on the passage of the “Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016” (H.R. 5111) in the U.S. House of Representatives:

“Protecting freedom of expression online is crucial to the continued success of the internet. Form contract clauses designed to stifle consumers’ rights to comment on a company’s goods or services are not only wrong, but run afoul of the strong free speech principles that underpin online communication. The internet industry applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for helping protect free speech online by passing the Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016.”

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September 9, 2016 | News, Press Releases

Internet Association Files Amicus Brief In Support Of Home Sharing, Section 230

BECKERMAN: “Intermediary liability protections are foundational to the internet’s success.”

 

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Internet Association, along with CALinnovates, filed an amicus brief supporting home sharing platforms in their challenge to San Francisco’s ordinance that looks to hold internet platforms liable for content posted by users. The brief delivers a full-throated defense of the intermediary liability protections in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA).

“Intermediary liability protections are foundational to the internet’s success,” said Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of the Internet Association. “San Francisco’s ordinance erodes those protections, setting a dangerous precedent that, if left unchallenged, will hinder innovation and undermine growth across the internet ecosystem.”

Section 230 allows internet platforms to scale by protecting them from liability resulting from the actions of people using their services – in this case, users who list unregistered properties on home sharing sites. The threat of liability can transform internet platforms into gatekeepers and enforcement agents by obligating them to block user generated content, even if it’s legal. This in turn makes the web less free, innovative, and collaborative.

From the brief:

“The CDA’s core immunity provision is unequivocal: ‘No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.’ 47 U.S.C. § 230(c)(1). Since the enactment of Section 230 in 1996, this simple directive has allowed Internet-based businesses to flourish by barring claims against intermediaries based on third-party conduct except in intellectual property cases. Indeed, as one prominent legal scholar recently put it, ‘No other sentence in the U.S. Code, I would assert, has been responsible for the creation of more value than that one…’”

To read the full brief, click here.

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