Tech Industry Concerned About New Internet Censorship Tool In Wake Of EU Court Ruling

Washington – The implications of the European court ruling yesterday are huge, and are raising questions from Internet users around the world about how the decision might be used and misused to promote censorship. The ruling by Europe’s highest court means that any individual there can demand that thousands of Internet companies remove links to…

CCIA Launches Website To Promote Consumer Choice of TV Interface Devices

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association has supported disruptive competition and innovation for more than 40 years. Today it launched a website, ConsumerTVChoice.net, to promote competition and choice in the so-called TV set-top box marketplace. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has supported Congress’s renewal of Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act, which…

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…