Intermediary protections are the key to Internet innovation, and we fight to preserve them.
Internet infrastructure providers enable people to create and consume content, but it’s often agreed that these third parties should not be held responsible for how people use these services. As an analogy, a pen company isn’t responsible for what people write or draw with their pens.
Policies attempting to make online intermediaries responsible for all content on their networks, are misguided and undermine the Internet’s openness and environment. Imparting undue legal risk and regulatory burden on infrastructure providers impedes their ability to do business and places them in the unenviable position of policing content. A qualified entity such as a court would be best suited to determine what violates a particular law or concept.
Section 230 of the U.S. Communications Decency Act establishes a framework where those responsible for content are liable for their actions, rather than imposing liability on third-party providers. In international trade agreements, we advocate for the sort of intermediary liability protection principles outlined in Section 230.
Recent Updates On Intermediary Liability
Surprisingly, a lot more than you would imagine. The coronavirus pandemic that has been sweeping the world has entirely rewritten the rules for society, for how we interact, how we work and how we connect, and most of that points towards the Internet. Keeping the Internet going is a job that infrastructure companies have been […]
Your quick update on important Internet policy issues OUTLOOK The Presidential election, now in its final stretch, dominates attention in Washington, along with whether Congress and the White House can reach agreement on an additional COVID-19 relief package before November 3. The Senate does expect to vote before the election on confirming Supreme Court nominee […]
WeVPN provides an affordable Virtual Private Network service that gives users access to cutting edge internet security and an unrestricted browsing experience across a wide variety of platforms. Essentially, whenever and however they connect to the Internet, WeVPN users can feel safe connecting to servers spanning 42 worldwide locations. WeVPN is also one of the […]
The Internet Infrastructure Coalition (“i2Coaltion”) is among several leading technology industry organizations asking both House E&C Committee and House Judiciary Committee leadership to oppose H.R. 8454, a new bill would have unintended consequences that run contrary to its stated intension of preventing online child sexual exploitation. The i2Coalition is the voice for businesses that build the […]
i2Coalition & eco – Association of the Internet Industry invite you to discuss the future of intermediary liability on both sides of the Atlantic in a roundtable webinar featuring an expert panel. When: Oct 15, 2020 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada) / 16:00 CET Wednesday, Central European Time (CET) What we think of […]
Principles Offer Virtual Private Network (VPN) Providers Comprehensive, Neutral Guidelines for Delivering Services in Alignment with Expert-Informed Industry Best Practices WASHINGTON D.C., September 29, 2020 – The Internet Infrastructure Coalition (“i2Coalition”), the leading voice for web hosting companies, data centers, domain registrars and registries, cloud infrastructure providers, managed services providers and other foundational Internet technologies, […]
Your quick update on important Internet policy issues. With less than two months until the November 3 Presidential election, Congress is primarily focused on passing bills to avoid a shutdown by continuing to fund the government, and whether and how to provide additional COVID19 economic stimulus relief. Bipartisan negotiations on the COVID19 relief package have […]
Webinar: “Women in Tech – How to Access the World’s Greatest Untapped Talent Pool” September 24, 2020 7am PDT / 10am EDT / 2pm UTC / 4pm CEST It’s no secret there are far fewer women employed as specialists in the Internet industry than men. For every one female tech expert globally there are currently […]
In January, the European Commission announced the Digital Services Act – a now package of regulations aiming to address issues such as protecting Internet user data and addressing the legal responsibilities of online platforms. As legislators aim to roll out the DSA in the final quarter of 2020, a call for feedback was announced and […]
On September 2, the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (“i2Coalition”) presented the following comments to the Federal Communications Commission in regards to the 57 page NTIA petition for rule making that they are currently reviewing. The NTIA’s petition asks the FCC to vastly expand its regulatory jurisdiction to include decisions made by private companies to keep up or take […]
i2Coalition Joins Multi-Association Letter to Protect Copyright Safe Harbors in Free Trade Agreement between U.S. and U.K.
The Internet Infrastructure Coalition (“i2Coalition”), the voice for businesses that build the Internet, has joined other leading tech associations in a letter urging the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to include a safe harbor system that protects copyright holders, online service providers and users be included in a U.S.-UK Free Trade Agreement. […]
Above photo by Bob Bowie from Unsplash Your quick public update on important Internet policy issues. OUTLOOK After bipartisan negotiations on police reform legislation stalled, Congress began a recess period in early July and returned to Washington on July 20th. While Congress re-engages on some non-COVID-19 related bills, its top focus prior to the next […]