Breakfast with Edward Snowden

Austin — I wasn’t expecting it. Dinner with the Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny (Prime Minister). After dinner drinks with Hulk Hogan. Breakfast the next morning with Edward Snowden. Not dining companions I was expecting. The unifying factor for this unlikely combination: The SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Hulk Hogan’s session on content was fascinating and…

Evolution of Open Internet to 2015 Success

Seven or eight years ago, the most active companies in the first Open Internet Coalition were Amazon, eBay, Google and Skype. Twitter was barely a twinkle and I don’t know how I really lived without Pandora. Courts threw out both consensus FCC principles around Internet access rights and its 2010 open Internet rules.   But failure…

Digital is dead, long live digital!

We are in the midst of a major paradigm shift in which our societies have become ever more digitized.  In consequence, we can no longer consider “digital” a separate phenomenon that must be addressed differently by policy-makers.  Instead, we must embrace digital to obtain all benefits from this historic Internet opportunity. Have you ever asked…

Industry Coalition in Support of MEP Reda’s Report on Copyright

CCIA together with four other industry trade associations issued an open statement Thursday on MEP Julia Reda’s draft report on the implementation of the Copyright Directive. Reda’s draft report is a good first step towards putting the debate around copyright reform on the right track. The report identifies some major shortcomings of Europe’s current copyright framework…

CCIA, Stakeholders Praise European Parliament’s Resolution Supporting the Internet Governance Forum and Online Freedoms

Brussels/Strasbourg — As the Internet faces threats from some regimes, which seek curb online freedoms and more governmental control, the European Parliament has today issued an important resolution in support of the open Internet, online rights, and an extension of the Internet Governance Forum’s mandate. A broad coalition of civil society and the Internet industry in Europe…