The Internet was created from the ground up as a global entity. This has created unprecedented creative and economic growth. The flow of information, services, and goods across borders has benefited global citizens in ways that no other technological innovation in past generations has. This flow meets or exceeds most commercial, humanitarian, legal and law enforcement needs. The i2Coalition is committed to ensuring this continues.
Much of what we do centers around being a voice in the complicated world of cross border data flows. How different governments and jurisdictions set rules that impact the data that exists on the Internet’s infrastructure has a great impact on business and commerce on the Internet.
Because cross border data flows cross many policy lines, we have developed a general structure to help those interested in the issue understand our viewpoint. Simply put, public policy is best served when the light regulatory framework currently applied to data flows continues. This framework has served businesses, people and government well over the past twenty years. The challenges faced by society from changes created by the development of the Internet have been successfully understood, and addressed, by open, frank, discussions, and a bias towards consensus.
In particular, cooperation between businesses, governments and law enforcement entities has overcome these challenges. For example, cross border law enforcement access to data is challenged by the operation of Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLAT). Our members understand first hand how difficult operation of the MLAT process has become. Difficulties associated with the MLAT process come from differing factors involved in processing requests that will benefit from embracing the innovation inherent in the operation of the Internet. For example, standard methods of presenting information to infrastructure providers and understanding the limits of technology will alleviate many of the difficulties presented by the current process.
The i2Coalition firmly believes that bright line tests on cross border data issues lead to bad decisions. Accordingly, we encourage those interested in the global impact of the Internet to engage communities involved in the operation and use of the Internet in an open dialogue.
Recent Updates On Cross Border Data Flows
“The president of France essentially said that self-regulation didn’t work and they would be imposing regulation to “fix the bad stuff on the Internet.” That kind of statement from a major power is deeply worrying.”
The i2Coalition responded to a request for comments on International Internet policy.
Monica will coordinate i2Coalition work on the policy initiatives chosen for focus by the member-led i2Coalition Working Groups.
Zuckerberg Visits Congress, More Discussion On Net Neutrality, And A Looming Battle For Encryption? The April 2018 Legislative Update
Zuckerberg’s visit, a plethora of potential Net Neutrality legislation, trade policy fears, erosion of Section 230, and the possible return of encryption banning dominate Congress in April.
We’ll be discussing an overview of the biggest issues that could lead to industry disaster and why that’s not hyperbole.
March 2018 Legislative Update: The Omnibus Appropriations Bill, SESTA-FOSTA, and competing Net Neutrality legislation
Congress rushed to pass an Omnibus Appropriations Bill, while SESTA-FOSTA passed eroding CDA Section 230, and competing Net Neutrality legislation was discussed.
The International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce will be holding a roadshow throughout the spring. This roadshow will be to educate U.S. businesses on how to prepare for Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR as well as the existing Privacy Shield framework.
After a government shutdown early in the month, updates to net neutrality, the CLOUD Act, cybersecurity policy, trade agreements, and more.
We’re announcing our 2018 Congressional Fly-In. The event will be held June 5th through 6th, 2018.
Near the end of 2017 we were faced with major fights for the heart and soul of the Internet. 2018 Will be another unprecedented year of challenges to the open and innovative Internet.
2017 has been one of the most challenging years on record for the Internet infrastructure industry, despite its continued importance and growth.
The letter addresses concerns with copyright and intermediary liability safe harbors in trade agreements.