i2Coalition Joins Letter Of Opposition to Communication Decency Act/Section 230 Amendment. UPDATED With Additional Support
We’ve signed onto a letter condemning the proposed amendment to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA230), the “Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act“. Crucial protection for legitimate online platforms, such as websites, ISPs, web-hosting providers, and online advertisers, would be critically undermined, making it counterproductive to combating trafficking crimes. The i2Coalition joins the letter’s signees in stating that the bill would allow opportunistic entities to investigate and pursue legitimate, legal intermediaries for political or monetary gain. The bill would also discourage ISPs and Internet platforms from investing in new innovative tools to self-police trafficking, for fear it would implicate liability.
“Bills such as this create undue burdens for an industry that drives online commerce and a significant portion of our economy, while simultaneously not solving the issues they are created to fix. This will not protect vulnerable minors, instead of allowing for nefarious interference and inquiries.” Stated i2Coalition Co-Founder, Board, and Policy Chair David Snead.
The bill was introduced by Senators Robert Portman (R-OH), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), John Cornyn (R-TX), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), John McCain (R-AZ), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) agreeing to sign on as well.
Additional signees include CompTIA, Computer and Communications Industry Association, Interactive Advertising Bureau, Internet Association, Internet Commerce Coalition, NetChoice, Software & Information Industry Association, Tech:NYC, and The Internet Society.
UPDATE: Additional Support