Internet Association launches the effort to "strengthen and protect Internet freedom"

Internet Association launches the effort to
We heard about this effort a while back and it seemed like it had great potential: an association of Internet giants like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Yahoo, AOL, eBay, and LinkedIn all coming together to fight for Internet freedom, innovation, economic growth, and the empowerment of users. That all sounds like a great aim, but we still have to see it in action first. 

In total, 14 web companies have come together to create the Internet Association, which will be led by President and CEO (and Capitol Hill vet) Michael Beckerman, and aims to be an "umbrella public policy organization dedicated to strengthening and protecting a free and innovative Internet." The main way to achieve this goal seems to be by investing in lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill to combat reactive lawmakers, like those behind potentially dangerous legislation (SOPA, anyone?)

That's a lot of power going towards the effort, but it's up to users to keep the companies honest in fighting for openness that benefits us and not just their financial interests. 


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7 Comments

1. Gawain

Posts: 437; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

They're going to have to work on that promo video a bit. They also need to get some of the internet transport companies in there too. The big players like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, Level 3, etc. That will be a challenge since the content providers were at odds with the carriers over net neutrality.

5. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

Verizon will never join it, Verizon wants the right to regulate and change what they display through their service (internet). I would like to see AT&T in it though!

6. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

Verizon and AT&T want to control the content of the internet. Soooo, yea they wont join.

2. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

Go Go Go!!!

3. ncv144

Posts: 126; Member since: May 04, 2012

Nice! -sent from my galaxy ace using boat bowser

4. Hemlocke unregistered

Gah, we have the wolves guarding the flock? Facebook is a known off-site tracker and Google has been fined for circumventing browser security protocols in order to track users across the Internet. I use DNT in Safari, and El Goog and FBI are always popping up in the "attempted trackers" header. No thanks.

7. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

you know you have issues when you are worried about the FBI tracking you lol

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