Computer & Communications Industry Association

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Computer and Communications Industry Association
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Formation 1972
Purpose/focus Lobbying

The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) is an advocacy organization based in Washington, DC which represents the computer, Internet, information technology, and telecommunications industries. According to their site, CCIA "promotes open markets, open systems, open networks, and full, fair, and open competition."[1] Established in 1972, CCIA was active in anti-trust cases involving IBM, AT&T and Microsoft, and lobbied for net neutrality and patent reform.

CCIA members include corporations such as Dish Network, eBay, Facebook, Google, Intuit, LightSquared, Microsoft, nVidia, Sprint Nextel, and Yahoo.

The group has lobbied on Internet freedom issues like the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act,[2] testified on Internet censorship as a human rights and trade issue[3] and also lobbied on privacy issues including government surveillance by the US National Security Agency[4] and prohibiting the United States Internal Revenue Service from both collecting and preparing tax declarations for citizens. This effort also supports Intuit's TurboTax software.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CCIA - Computer and Communications Industry Association". Official web site. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ Edward J. Black (January 30, 2012). "Content, Copyright & The Internet — The Reality". Forbes. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Tech Groups Propose Changes To TPP To Promote Internet Freedom" by Sean Flynn, Infojustice, March 4, 2012
  4. ^ Brian M. Wolfe (July 18, 2013). "Tech Companies Want Greater Transparency After NSA Fiasco". App Advice. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ How The Maker Of TurboTax Fought Free, Simple Tax Filing, by Liz Day, ProPublica and NPR, 26 March 2013