“Internet Kill Switch” Bill Conflicts With Broader US Internet Agenda

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) says she plans to re-introduce legislation that would grant the President broad authority over swaths of Internet infrastructure to confront a “cyber emergency.” The re-emergence of this legislation, coinciding with the five-day Internet blackout across Egypt, has come under criticism this week. Egypt’s Internet shutdown has raised concerns about that happening…

Tech Companies Report Internet Freedom Crackdowns Overseas

The Computer & Communications Industry Association responded today to the Commerce Department’s request for comments on obstructions to the global free flow of information on the Internet. The administration requested the information in response to reports that U.S. companies were facing pressure from foreign governments to censor or filter Internet content or turn over customer information. CCIA’s…

Online Censorship Bill Now On Hold

A bill that would have led to more Internet censorship is on ice — thanks to a hold placed on it by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), S.3804, will no longer have the smooth ride this session the content industries wanted.  Although the bill passed the Senate Judiciary last week…

CCIA Offers Recommendations To Combat Trade Barriers From Internet Censorship

Chairman Wyden, D-Ore, said President Obama hopes to double exports within 5 years and he sees Internet and tech companies as instrumental to achieving that – if the U.S. can reduce the trade barriers brought by Internet censorship. Wyden decried rampant global protectionism against Internet exports and said the Internet represents the trade route of…

CCIA’s Black Tells Senate, “Internet Censorship Is A Trade Barrier”

Computer & Communications Industry Association President & CEO Ed Black is scheduled to testify Thursday at a Senate Finance subcommittee hearing, “International Trade in the Digital Economy.” The issue of Internet censorship and filtering has received more attention from the State Department and USTR during the Obama administration. Black has been an advocate on international…