Panelists Concerned NSA News Will Buoy Efforts To Control Internet

Yesterday, the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation put on an event: Safeguarding Human Rights in Times of Surveillance. The event featured a round table with Rebecca Mackinnon, an NAF senior research fellow, Cynthia Wong, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, andCarolina Rossini, the Latin American Resource Center Director at NAF. Frank La Rue, the Special Rapporteur…

House Telecom Panel Examines FCC Legislation

At a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing Thursday on “Improving the FCC Process,” lawmakers discussed the reintroduction of H.R. 3309 and H.R. 3310, which would change various FCC processes.  The bill passed the House last year only to die in the Senate. The proposed changes were met with varying degrees of resistance from the…

Immigration Reform in the House

With Senate passage late last month of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, the focus of the immigration reform effort has shifted to the House of Representatives.  While some supporters of reform called for the House to take up the Senate bill and pass it swiftly, that was never really a plausible…

CCIA Applauds Legislation Targeting Patent Abuse

Reps. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, and Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., introduced a bipartisan bill in the House Wednesday afternoon to help mitigate the impact of lawsuits from patent trolls. The bill is H.R. 2639, The Patent Litigation and Innovation Act of 2013. This bill is noteworthy as the first bill introduced in this Congress that specifically helps innocent purchasers who…

CCIA Welcomes Senate Passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The Computer & Communications Industry Association applauds the Senate for approving S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act.  This comprehensive immigration reform measure contains provisions that increase availability of green cards and H-1B visas, enabling U.S. technology companies to hire and keep the skilled foreign workers they need to ensure that…

CCIA Praises WIPO Treaty On Access To Copyrighted Material For The Visually Impaired

World Intellectual Property Organization member states have agreed on treaty language that will mean millions of visually impaired people around the world can gain access to special-formatted books. The agreement after years of haggling over copyright issues came during a diplomatic conference in Morocco going on throughout the past two weeks. The Computer & Communications…

Border Security Compromise Encouraging Sign of Immigration Reform Momentum

Last night, the Senate voted 67-27 for cloture on a border security compromise amendment to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act bill.  The vote signified potential for significant Republican support for the Senate comprehensive immigration bill, and represents increased momentum for its passage.  Last week, CCIA joined more than 100 technology executives…

CCIA Joins in Call for Senate Support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

The Computer & Communications Industry Association today joined more than 100 technology sector executives in a letter calling on the U.S. Senate to support passage of S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.  “Senate approval of S. 744 is essential if our economy will continue to foster innovation and invigorate many…

EVENT UPDATE: Competition Law & Patent Assertion Entities: What Antitrust Enforcers Can Do

CCIA and The American Antitrust Institute will be hosting a panel discussion event, “Competition Law & Patent Assertion Entities: What Antitrust Enforcers Can Do” this Thursday at the National Press Club. With a special keynote address by FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, our panel of government enforcers, industry veterans, and antitrust experts will be discussing the…