The Internet Association held its first Annual Meeting on Tuesday, September 24 at Rackspace in San Francisco, CA. Member companies of The IA and the greater Internet community gathered for a networking breakfast, a presentation on The Internet Association’s policy priorities and grassroots outreach, a deep dive policy panel, and a discussion on the political landscape in Washington, DC.
The Internet Association’s President & CEO, Michael Beckerman, kicked off the annual meeting with a general overview of The IA, highlighting the ever-growing need for a unified Internet voice, both in Washington, DC and Silicon Valley. Michael showed a video highlighting the mission of The IA.
The policy panel included representatives from The IA member companies that focused on public policy issues important to the Internet community such as patent trolls, immigration reform, international trade, copyright, and privacy. Closing out the annual meeting was a discussion with Richard Wolffe, executive editor of MSNBC.com and an MSNBC political analyst. Richard provided an overview of the political state of play in Washington as well as his predictions for the 2014 and 2016 elections.