EC To Investigate Search Engine Policies

The European Commission has announced that it was opening an investigation into search and search advertising focused on Google. The investigation comes after complaints from three companies that were unhappy about their rankings in either the regular unpaid Google search results or Google ads. The Computer & Communications Industry Association, which has promoted competition among tech companies…

The State of Play On ACTA in the EU

On 15th November the parties negotiating the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Australia, Canada, EU, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, and the U.S.) published the finalized version of the agreement. At the end of November, a so-called technical meeting to finalize the legal wording will take place in Sydney. Today, as a step to clear the…

Online Censorship Bill Now On Hold

A bill that would have led to more Internet censorship is on ice — thanks to a hold placed on it by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), S.3804, will no longer have the smooth ride this session the content industries wanted.  Although the bill passed the Senate Judiciary last week…

CCIA Offers Recommendations To Combat Trade Barriers From Internet Censorship

Chairman Wyden, D-Ore, said President Obama hopes to double exports within 5 years and he sees Internet and tech companies as instrumental to achieving that – if the U.S. can reduce the trade barriers brought by Internet censorship. Wyden decried rampant global protectionism against Internet exports and said the Internet represents the trade route of…

CCIA’s Black Tells Senate, “Internet Censorship Is A Trade Barrier”

Computer & Communications Industry Association President & CEO Ed Black is scheduled to testify Thursday at a Senate Finance subcommittee hearing, “International Trade in the Digital Economy.” The issue of Internet censorship and filtering has received more attention from the State Department and USTR during the Obama administration. Black has been an advocate on international…