Welcome Executive Action on Highly Skilled Immigrants

This week, the Department of Homeland Security announced the publication of two rules: one to extend employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B workers, and another to enhance opportunities for highly-skilled workers by removing obstacles to their remaining in the United States.  DHS characterized these rules as “part of the Administration’s continuing commitment to attract…

CCIA Welcomes Action By Judiciary and Intelligence Committees To Curtail Bulk Metadata Collection

Washington – The House Intelligence Committee approved the USA Freedom Act today, which would curtail bulk collection and storage of Americans’ phone metadata by the U.S. government. The bill matches the one the House Judiciary Committee passed yesterday. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has testified on this issue for years, advocating restraint on bulk…

Outcome from the Net Mundial Global Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance

Going in, the business sector hoped for some consensus on both substantive Internet governance principles and a process roadmap for the future evolution of the governance ecosystem.   We were not disappointed.   Opportunities to speak from a microphone in the cavernous convention hall dwindled from 2 minute slots to 30 seconds each, but CCIA made good…

As the Internet Matures Globally, Building Engineers Stay on Duty and Mentors Are Wanted

Washington – As the US delegation prepares for NetMundial next week in Sao Paulo, many other attendees from around the world are welcoming the recent news about the US Government’s progress in transitioning ICANN functions to multistakeholder venues where participants from all continents are welcome.  Legacy US oversight of the root server and domain name housekeeping…

Annual H-1B Cap Reached in Less than a Week (Again)

Washington – On April 7, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received enough H-1B temporary work visa petitions to hit the annual statutory cap for FY 2015, less than a week after it had begun accepting petitions on April 1.  The general cap of 65,000 and the advanced degree holder…