Internet Freedom and Jackson-Vanik

One of the most prominent trade issues in 2012 centers on Congressional approval of permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with Russia.  While extending PNTR to Russia would provide some economic benefits to both countries following Russia’s WTO entry, we believe that there is another aspect to this issue to be considered: that of Internet Freedom.…

CCIA 2011 Highlights

The year was marked with challenges to the open Internet starting with the shutdown of the Internet in Egypt, threats to competition in the mobile market and the introduction of legislation in Congress that would have done grave damage to the Internet. CCIA was an early and consistent voice challenging assaults to Internet freedom and…

Breadth and Depth: Expand the Number of TPP Countries and Promote Internet Trade

Today, CCIA sent letters to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) expressing our desire to see Canada, Japan and Mexico’s unconditional participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks. As three of our four biggest trading partners, Canada, Japan and Mexico’s inclusion in the TPP is essential to ensuring our biggest trading partners are operating under the same “high standard”…

Twitter’s Difficult Choice: The Unenviable Position of U.S. Internet Companies

Yesterday, Twitter announced that it had created a targeted solution to removing locally “illegal” material on a country-by-country basis.  Perhaps understandably, the company has been accused of abetting censorship, particularly because Twitter is one of the online platforms that has played such an important role in empowering traditionally silenced minority groups, democracy activists and protestors around the world. However,…