August 1, 2017 | News, Statements

Statement On The Introduction Of The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017

Washington, DC – Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement upon the introduction of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017:

“The Department of Justice must hold criminal actors and facilitators of human trafficking – including rogue operators like Backpage.com – responsible to the fullest extent of the law. Sex trafficking is abhorrent and illegal. Internet companies work tirelessly to ensure that platforms are hostile toward illicit activity and partner with law enforcement every day to defeat criminal actors.

“However, this bill is overly broad and will be counterproductive in the fight to combat human trafficking. While not the intention of the bill, it would create a new wave of frivolous and unpredictable actions against legitimate companies rather than addressing underlying criminal behavior. Furthermore, it will impose new, substantial liability risks for companies that take proactive measures to prevent trafficking online, hampering the ability of websites to fight illegal activity. The bill also jeopardizes bedrock principles of a free and open internet, with serious economic and speech implications well beyond its intended scope.

“Internet companies agree that further steps must be taken to end human trafficking. The internet industry is committed to working with Congress to provide the Department of Justice with additional tools to prosecute criminals, including through our criminal laws, and innovative ways to provide public and private partners the resources necessary to combat human trafficking.”

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Statement On The Children And Media Research Advancement Act

Washington, DC – Internet Association Senior Vice President of Global Government Affairs Melika Carroll issued the the following statement in support of the Children and Media Research Advancement (CAMRA) Act: “Internet companies care deeply about the safety and well-being of their users and welcome scientific research on this important issue funded through the CAMRA Act. Read more »

Statement Supporting The Bipartisan CyberTipline Modernization Act

IA Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs Melika Carroll released the following statement in support of the CyberTipline Modernization Act.

Internet Association Signs Pledge To America’s Workers

Washington, DC – Internet Association today will sign the Pledge to America’s Workers at a White House event, and commit to providing over 100,000 opportunities for on-the-job training, continuing education, and work-based learning programs over a 5-year period. This is part of a continued industry-wide effort to develop an American workforce that is prepared for Read more »

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Washington, DC – Internet Association Senior Vice President of Global Government Affairs Melika Carroll issued the the following statement in support of the Children and Media Research Advancement (CAMRA) Act: “Internet companies care deeply about the safety and well-being of their users and welcome scientific research on this important issue funded through the CAMRA Act. Read more »

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