Free and open markets have been a core principle of CCIA since it was founded more than 45 years ago. Trade advantages all nations, as they can focus on production of goods and services most suitable to their resources and workforce. The internet contributes to the majority of such services as digital services are increasingly integrated into manufacturing, agriculture, and other traditional U.S. sectors and as internet usage becomes increasingly cloud-based.

Digital trade is threatened by laws and regulations that hinder the further growth and cross-border delivery of Internet services. Internet companies currently face a number of digital trade barriers that include data and infrastructure localization mandates, filtering and blocking, conflicting rules on liability for intermediaries, imbalanced copyright laws, mandated access to secure technologies and weakening of encryption, discriminatory taxes that target the U.S. tech sector, and excessive export control regimes on high-tech products.

CCIA encourages countries to adopt regulatory and legal frameworks that lower barriers to trade and strengthen user trust in digital services. CCIA engages regularly with trade officials in the United States and the European Union and participates in regulatory reviews and public comment processes around the world.

Most Recent Statements:

CCIA Asks USTR To Confront Discriminatory Copyright Regulations In Its Annual Trade Report

Washington – With Europe and other trading partners passing or considering regulations that violate US trade agreements and international copyright norms, the Computer & Communications Industry Association offered examples Thursday to USTR and asked trade officials to note and fight these trade barriers. CCIA told USTR that US tech companies are facing barriers from countries…

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CCIA Offers Trade Officials Examples Of Scope of Digital Trade Barriers

Washington — As the US takes more steps to monitor the fastest growing export, trade in services, the Computer & Communications Industry Association offered USTR examples of digital trade barriers faced by tech companies in comments filed Wednesday evening. CCIA also provided recommendations for upcoming NAFTA negotiations. “Six key barriers to digital trade include data…

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Tech Associations Offer Recommendations Ahead of G-7 Digital Ministers Meeting

Brussels, BELGIUM — In advance of the G-7 ICT ministerial meeting on September 26-27 in Turin, Italy, technology and communications industry groups issued a joint statement  recommending policies on issues like privacy, security and data flows that would also boost innovation and jobs. The G-7 is an opportunity for economically successful, democratic countries to encourage…

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