CCIA Applauds Free File Alliance, Congressional Leaders for Technology To Speed Up Stimulus Checks for Non-Tax Filers

Washington — The Internal Revenue Service and Free File Alliance have partnered to ensure that those who are not required to file federal income taxes can still quickly receive COVID-19 relief payments from the IRS.  House Ways & Means Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., and Ranking Member Kevin Brady, R-Texas, asked the commercial tax software industry…

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CCIA Joins 28 Global Associations To Call For Essential Worker Guidelines

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has joined 28 international business organizations in a statement asking governments to adopt guidance for communications and essential workers as they help with response to the pandemic. The following can be attributed to CCIA President Matt Schruers: “As technology services and telecom providers help to keep businesses,…

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USTR Releases Annual Report Identifying Digital Trade Barriers

Washington — The U.S. Trade Representative has issued its annual National Trade Estimates (NTE) report that noted the expanded use of digital trade barriers by trading partners. For the 2020 Report, USTR reiterated concerns with the rise in digital services taxes, restrictions on cross-border data flows and data localization requirements, Internet censorship, and online content-based…

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CCIA Europe Offers Recommendations On How To Calculate European Audio Visual Works 

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) contributed to the European Commission’s consultation on new guidelines under the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) today. A main issue to resolve is how to calculate the share of European works in the catalogues of video on demand (VOD) services. CCIA said the same…

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CCIA Offers OMB Draft Comments On Artificial Intelligence

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments on Artificial Intelligence today in response to a request from the Office of Management and Budget. CCIA said the principles that OMB has proposed in the Guidance for Regulation of Artificial Intelligence Applications provide a strong foundation for federal agencies to craft regulations while maintaining…

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CCIA To Testify At Senate Hearing Tuesday On Copyright Enforcement In Other Countries

Washington — The Senate Judiciary Intellectual Property Subcommittee will hear from witnesses Tuesday about how other countries handle online copyright infringement and liability for what users post online. Europe has enacted copyright regulations recently that are out of sync with balanced copyright measures followed by the U.S. like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and the…

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CCIA Tech Industry Delegation Meets Incoming German EU Presidency, Shares Recommendations

Berlin, Germany — The Computer & Communications Industry Association is leading a delegation of tech companies to meet with German politicians and senior officials ahead of Germany taking over the Presidency of the Council of the EU on July 1. CCIA Europe will also present its EU tech policy recommendations published today.   Germany takes…

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