The Internet’s open and decentralized model spurs economic growth, creates local opportunities, and encourages democratic discourse for all users. Its success is rooted in its voluntary and self-governing structure, the result of a multi-stakeholder process free from top-down governmental influences. For this reason, the Internet Association strongly opposes providing the United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union with new authority to regulate the Internet. The Internet Association endorses the successful multi-stakeholder model that exists today and supports efforts to keep the Internet free from government control.
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