Americans flooded our nation’s capital this weekend for events surrounding President Donald Trump’s inauguration. One thing was clear: internet-enabled home sharing platforms are an increasingly important option for travelers looking to find accommodations in DC and around the country.
The internet has come a long way in the last five years. We’ve seen incredible innovation, unprecedented growth, and some pretty great content. The internet sector contributed 6 percent of GDP and 3 million jobs in 2014, by the most recent estimates. But all of this was not a sure thing.
Five years after one of the most heated internet policy debates of the 21st century, a new report claims that Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)-style website blocking isn’t such a bad idea after all. We disagree.
The new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) claims that requiring internet service providers to block websites that host questionably legal content can prevent piracy. This analysis, and the public policy outcomes for which it advocates, are deeply flawed for a number of reasons.
Excerpt: The Internet Association submits the following comment in response to the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) request for comments to inform its “Voluntary Best Practices Study.” The Internet Association is the unified voice of the Internet economy, representing the interests of leading Internet companies and their global community of users.We are dedicated to… Read more
Excerpt: We appreciate the opportunity to participate in the discussions surrounding privacy and civil liberties that the Administration has convened regarding the scope and operation of the U.S. government’s surveillance programs. As a follow up to the meeting at the White House on August 6, 2013, we offer the following recommendations to the Administration and… Read more
Excerpt: The continued growth of the Internet as a global medium for innovation, trade, and commerce is made possible by laws that preserve the vitality of an open and consumer-oriented Internet environment. To ensure this growth, The Internet Association is an active stakeholder in the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, two… Read more
Excerpt: The Internet Association and our members share the Commission’s strong commitment to protecting children’s online privacy. We are writing to express concern, however, that a recently added COPPA Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) has created uncertainty that could make full compliance by the July 1, 2013, effective date unrealistic. In particular, COPPA FAQ D.5, which attempts… Read more
Excerpt: The Internet Association appreciates the opportunity to provide written comments regarding its view on the proposed United States (U.S.) and European Union (EU) trade agreement, known as the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). As the United States Trade Representative works with U.S. government agencies and consults with Congress in developing a strategic proposal… Read more
Excerpt: The Internet Association appreciates the opportunity to provide written comments regarding its view on the proposed United States (U.S.) and European Union (EU) trade agreement, known as the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). As the United States Trade Representative works with U.S. government agencies and consults with Congress in developing a strategic proposal for the TTIP agreement, we hope our comments will serve as a guide for USTR to ensure that this agreement includes 21 promote innovation, jobs, and democratic discourse.
Excerpt: Thank you for the opportunity to provide this comment on the topics discussed at the Federal Trade Commission’s recent workshop on “Comprehensive Online Data Collection.” To read the Internet Association’s letter, click here.
Excerpt: We at The Internet Association believe that maintaining a free and innovative Internet is critical to the platform’s continued growth and development and will ultimately lead to global economic success, technological innovation, and democratic discourse. We commend Congress for unanimously passing resolutions in support of the Internet’s current bottom-up, decentralized, and multi-stakeholder model and urge the… Read more
Washington, DC – IA Vice President, Federal Government Affairs Michael Bloom released the following statement on the introduction of the Stopping Harmful Image Exploitation and Limiting Distribution Act (SHIELD Act) in the House of Representatives, which would criminalize the distribution of non-consensual intimate imagery (NCII): “The internet industry urges the immediate passage the SHIELD Act… Read more