As 2013 comes to a close, it is important to reflect upon the last year. I couldn’t be more excited about what the i2Coalition accomplished over the past 12 months on a global scale. We’ve made great strides internationally supporting a multistakeholder process in Internet governance and establishing the i2Coalition as a global advocate for the Internet infrastructure industry. Throughout the year, we traveled to numerous conferences worldwide, including the WTO Ministerial Conference, Internet Governance Forum, and several trips to ICANN meetings. This year, the i2Coalition became a member of ICANN’s Internet Service Providers Constituency.
Domestically, the i2Coalition has cemented itself as the unified voice of the Internet infrastructure industry. Through the help of our members and supporters, we helped pass The Innovation Act in the House, which is a solid step towards meaningful patent reform. Last February, we held our first Internet Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill to educate lawmakers about how the Internet works. We’re looking forward to continuing our educational efforts on Capitol Hill on March 4-6 at next year’s Internet Advocacy Day.
On behalf of the i2Coalition, thank you for all of your support over the past year. Our success in 2013 is directly attributable to our members. I’ve recorded a special thank you message to all of our members and supporters below that I hope you’ll take a moment to watch.
Let’s look back at some of the key milestones from the past year, as we covered them here on this blog:
Help Celebrate #InternetFreedomDay January 18, 2013
Just a year ago, the Internet community united to defeat the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), legislation that would have compromised freedom, stifled innovation, and impeded economic growth.
i2Coalition Members Headed to Austin! March 7, 2013
SXSW Interactive begins this week and I’m looking forward to this year’s full schedule. Every year thousands of attendees file into Austin, Texas to check out the latest technologies and 2013 will be no exception.
PIPA vs. ECPA: A Story of Education May 3, 2013
Remember SOPA and PIPA? *Of course you do. *While defeating this bad legislation was a great victory for the Internet and one that should not be undervalued, the bill’s defeat didn’t magically teach Congress how the Internet worked.