Internet Association

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The Internet Association
Type Trade association
Key people Michael Beckerman; President & CEO

The Internet Association is a United States political lobbying organization based in Washington, D.C., and formed by members of the Internet industry.[1][2]

It purports to represent "America’s leading Internet companies and their global community of users" and is "dedicated to advancing public policy solutions to strengthen and protect Internet freedom, foster innovation and economic growth and empower users".[3]


Protecting Internet freedom[edit]

The Internet Association believes that "the unique nature of the Internet—free from government control and governed by multiple stakeholders—has unleashed unprecedented entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation far beyond imagination. Every day, the Internet provides access to information and personalized content to hundreds of millions of people around the globe—free of charge and free of political interference. Freedom is essential to the preservation of that platform and the resulting economic growth, job creation and political liberty.

The Internet Association supports policies that protect and promote Internet freedom—information should flow freely across national borders, uninhibited by tariffs, regulations and government censorship that are fundamentally inconsistent with the transnational, free, and decentralized nature of the Internet. To preserve the Internet’s role as a conduit for free expression, Internet intermediaries must not be held liable for the speech and activity of Internet users."[4]

Fostering innovation and economic growth[edit]

The Internet Association states that "the Internet allows inventors, entrepreneurs, organizations, and individual users to create and innovate in unprecedented ways. The low-to-nonexistent barriers to entry have made the Internet a remarkable growth engine for small businesses, creating jobs in every sector of the economy. Internet users of all kinds are driving this extraordinary pace of innovation.

The Internet Association supports policies that ensure individual users, businesses, and governments are able to freely choose which Internet technologies and platforms to use and support, without those choices being unduly constrained by regulatory structures that cannot keep pace with and often have the unintended consequence of stifling innovation". [5]

Empowering users[edit]

The Internet Association says that "Internet-enabled technologies now give all types of users, including individuals, businesses, governments and non-profits, unprecedented control over the content and services they interact with, and the devices and applications they use. The revolution in cloud computing and mobile technologies means that users are no longer tethered to particular locations or devices. Cloud computing has allowed both businesses and individuals to harness massive computing and storage power without needing to buy software or purchase and host the underlying infrastructure themselves.

The Internet Association supports policies that allow all users to take full advantage of the product innovations that technology makes available to them rather than have their choices limited by government mandates. The Internet Association also supports policies that recognize the diversity and value of the business models used by various players in the Internet ecosystem". [6]


Michael Beckerman[edit]

Main article: Michael Beckerman

Michael Beckerman is the President and CEO of The Internet Association, a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing global Internet companies.[7] Prior to his appointment as CEO, Beckerman served 12 years as a congressional staff member, serving as the Deputy Staff Director and chief policy advisor to the Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce.[8] He was recently named “Tech Titan” by The Washingtonian.[9] [10]


Founding members include Amazon, eBay, Facebook, and Google.[10][11] Other members include:


  1. ^ Steve McCaskill (July 26, 2012). "Web Giants Form Internet Association To Lobby US Government". TechWeek Europe. 
  2. ^ Jon Fingas (Jul 26, 2012). "Internet Association to lobby Washington, may tout Amazon, Facebook, Google among its ranks". Engadget. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  3. ^ "Internet Association". Internet Association. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Protecting Internet Freedom". The Internet Association. 
  5. ^ "Fostering Innovation and Economic Growth". The Internet Association. 
  6. ^ "Empowering Users". The Internet Association. 
  7. ^ Bachman, Katy. "Fast Chat: The Internet Association's Michael Beckerman Head lobbyist for 14 Web giants readies for new Congress By Katy Bachman". AdWeek. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Frates, Chris. "Exclusive: New Internet Industry Trade Association to Launch". National Journal. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Tech Titans". Washingtonian. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Ingrid Lunden (2012-07-25). "Stealth-Mode DC Lobby Group Internet Association (Google, Amazon, FB, eBay) Names CEO". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  11. ^ "Facebook, Google, eBay and Amazon join US lobby group". BBC News. 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 

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