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

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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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posted on 20 Sep 2012, 21:08

1. Gawain (Posts: 423; Member since: 15 Apr 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.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 21:37

5. Ravail (Posts: 182; Member since: 14 Oct 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!

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 21:46

6. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 21:08

2. pongkie (Posts: 654; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)

Go Go Go!!!

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 21:11

3. ncv144 (Posts: 126; Member since: 04 May 2012)

-sent from my galaxy ace using boat bowser

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 21:27

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.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 21:48 2

7. HäckeMáte (Posts: 168; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)

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

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