Association for Competitive Technology
This article contains content that is written like an advertisement. (June 2017)
The Association for Competitive Technology, now known as ACT | The App Association is a trade association representing over 5,000 application software developers and small and mid-sized technology companies in the United States and Europe. The App Association was founded in 1998 by independent software developers who were concerned that the Microsoft antitrust case would cause great disruption of the platform for which they wrote software. The organization represents app developers whose issues primarily involve:
- A competitive ecosystem in the mobile marketplace providing app developers with the best opportunities
- Strong support for intellectual property rights
- Limited government involvement in technology (such as antitrust actions or mandates to use free software / open source software instead of proprietary alternatives), and
- Concern that governance of global internet infrastructure maintain a balance of government and industry interests
The App Association has played a prominent role in educating lawmakers and regulators on technology issues affecting app developers. The organization has testified multiple times before House and Senate Committees and briefed White House and administration officials about the challenges and concerns app developers face.
The App Association participates at conferences across the country speaking to developers about privacy issues that confront this nascent marketplace. The group sponsors hackathons, developer camps, and has annual conferences to encourage app developers to meet and engage with their elected officials in Washington, D.C.
In 2011, ACT | The App Association testified before the House Judiciary Committee on children's online privacy protections, before the Senate Judiciary Committee on privacy and location-based services, before the Senate Commerce Committee on mobile privacy issues, and before the House Administration Committee on improving Congress's use of tablets and other paperless communications measures.
In 2010, ACT | The App Association testified before the House Judiciary Committee on competition in the mobile marketplace and before the Senate Finance Committee on international trade in the digital economy.
On March 9, 2006, then President of ACT | The App Association, Jonathan Zuck wrote an opinion piece  which was published on news.com, criticizing the Free Software Foundation's plan to fight digital rights management (DRM) with the new 3.0 version of the GNU General Public License.
Since 2015 ACT started lobbying activities in the EU area and began gathering important memberships in companies successfully working in EU software and the field of application production.
Some of the main software houses which joined ACT in Europe are Brightec (UK), Egylis (FR), AppsGarden (PL), Andaman (BE), and Synethsia (the Italian software house which organizes Droidcon Turin).
A draft of a European Commission strategy paper on open-source software with modifications by ACT's Jonathan Zuck was leaked (via WikiLeaks) in February 2009 showing, in the words of Linux Journal, "how lobbyists operate in their attempt to neuter threats to their constituencies through the shameless evisceration and outright inversion of content."