The i2Coalition Public Policy Working Group is responsible for determining the specific responses for the i2Coalition in regards to global policy issues that are important to the Internet’s infrastructure. Recent achievements center around Net Neutrality and surveillance reform, achieved through engagement with the FCC and in support of the USA FREEDOM Act in the U.S., respectively. The Working Group is currently focusing attention on a number of important issues including patent troll reform.
The i2Coalition engages in policy matters in accordance with its General Mission Statement and meets regularly to discuss issues that arise that fall within our scope. Policy Group members take an active role in reviewing policy and writing briefs on behalf of i2Coalition that support the industry’s goals. The i2Coalition believes that an open and free Internet drives economic growth and enhances the lives of people around the globe. As an organization, we promote policies that foster continued development and expansion of the Internet.
Recent Public Policy Working Group projects include:
- We participate in the Digital Due Process Coalition (DDP) and delivered key Congressional sponsorships in a collective fight to reform the Electronics Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).
- We provided comments on the importance of an open Internet to maintain the continued growth of the cloud to the FCC in response to its Net Neutrality proposal.
- We led an aggressive advocacy campaign in five key cities to reform the patent system and to curb the patent troll litigation issues that devastate our industry.
- We were leaders in a coalition that helped drive core support for the USA FREEDOM Act, the largest reduction of U.S. surveillance authority in a generation, which passed in early 2015.
- We actively speak out against the expansion of Internet surveillance worldwide, including being a voice against Bill C-51 in Canada.
- We actively engage in the debate on the role of encryption in the digital economy.
- We submitted an amicus brief in the important Microsoft Ireland email privacy case.
- We’ve taken an important role in educating U.S. lawmakers on the IANA transition as part of our focus on the DOTCOM Act.
- We provided strategic counsel and comments on the proposed NIST cybersecurity framework.
Recent Updates On US Policy
The i2Coalition has issued a statement of support for the House efforts to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to revise the December 2017 FCC Restoring Internet Freedom Order.
i2Coalition Honors Congressmen Doyle and Poe with Champion of Internet Freedom Award; Allison Heather and Stephen Mayhew with Internet Community Leadership Award
The i2Coalition presents legislators and community members who have made a beneficial impact on Internet policy with annual awards.
The i2Coalition leadership team will be at RightsCon in Toronto May 16th and 18th, 2018.
Alongside a coalition of academics, organizations from civil society, and the Internet industry, we have sent a letter calling for the inclusion of intermediary liability protections, like Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, in NAFTA.
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.
We are forming a new committee to handle policy issues arising in regards to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and other related intermediary liability concerns.
If you are an i2Coalition Member and would like to join the Public Policy Working Group, you or your company representative can sign into the i2Coalition Member Network and join this or any other working groups. If you are not a member but are interested in membership to the Public Policy Working Group, please contact Membership Director, Hilary van der Meulen using the form below.