The administration has characterized the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement as “an ambitious, next-generation, Asia-Pacific trade agreement.” It is being negotiated with Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru Singapore and Vietnam — with Canada and Mexico as set to join.

CCIA’s View:

CCIA supports the speedy completion of a high-quality “21st century” Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. A 21st-century agreement will contain provisions that permit the smooth functioning of the industry of the 21st century — the Internet. The Internet is visibly revolutionizing the way businesses — including small and medium enterprises — function. Without a smoothly functioning Internet, the negotiated provisions of TPP will not yield the desired gains for TPP citizens.

First, TPP must include balanced intellectual property rules. An intellectual property regime can allow technological progress only if it appropriately balances the competing interests between encouraging investment and enabling information access. Because the international trade regime has generally lacked flexible IP provisionis to promote innovation, it is necessary to modernize the IP provisions of the aging trade framework to be consistent with Internet and high-technology innovation.

Second, TPP should promote the free flow of information online, recognizing that blocking bits at the border is as much as affront to international free trade as blocking physical goods. The ability of U.S. businesses to operate effectively on a global scale depends fundamentally on open information flows. When foreign governments block online information, when businesses are impeded for using the Internet to reach international markets, when secure corporate communications are not assured, the collateral damage is done to U.S. exports and U.S. jobs.

Most Recent Statements&Findings:

At CCIA’s Washington Caucus:

Senator Hatch Considers the Prospects of a Compromise Encryption Bill;   Congressman Dingell to Draft an Amendment to Slow the Spectrum Auction Process(Washington, DC) — Senate Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT)wants a resolution to the debate over encryption and export controls. In remarks this week to the Computer & Communications Industry Association’s Washington Caucus, Hatch said he may…

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CCIA: "Discontinue FBI Delays For Routine Encryption Export Licenses"

(Washington, DC) — In letters to Undersecretary William Reinsch at the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Export Administration and to FBI Director Louis Freeh, Computer & Communications Industry Association Vice President John Scheibel questioned the rationale behind recent delays in the approval of export licenses for encryption products. If there is no legitimate policy justifying these…

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CCIA: “Discontinue FBI Delays For Routine Encryption Export Licenses”

(Washington, DC) — In letters to Undersecretary William Reinsch at the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Export Administration and to FBI Director Louis Freeh, Computer & Communications Industry Association Vice President John Scheibel questioned the rationale behind recent delays in the approval of export licenses for encryption products. If there is no legitimate policy justifying these…

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CCIA: "Sun's Crypto Deal With Russian Company is Clear Evidence that U.S. Encryption Policy Will Not Work"

(Washington, DC) — “The announcement that Sun Microsystems plans to sell advanced encryption software developed by a Russian company to overseas customers is just the latest example that the Clinton Administration’s encryption policy is unworkable and will force the hand of domestic companies to seek foreign deals in order to compete,” declared Ed Black, President…

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CCIA: “Sun’s Crypto Deal With Russian Company is Clear Evidence that U.S. Encryption Policy Will Not Work”

(Washington, DC) — “The announcement that Sun Microsystems plans to sell advanced encryption software developed by a Russian company to overseas customers is just the latest example that the Clinton Administration’s encryption policy is unworkable and will force the hand of domestic companies to seek foreign deals in order to compete,” declared Ed Black, President…

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CCIA Praises House Judiciary Passage of 'Safe' Act

vote is next step to securing Internet, electronic commerce(Washington, DC) — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) applauds today’s passage of HR 695, the “Security and Freedom through Encryption (SAFE) Act” by the full House Judiciary Committee. CCIA views this bill as essential to fix the problems plaguing the Clinton Administration’s encryption policy. “I…

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