Google and Amazon, two of biggest applicants for new gTLD’s just teamed up to form the InternetAssociation.org a new lobbying group.
According to the Washington Post other founding members include eBay and Facebook.
According the Internet Association’s website:
“The Internet Association is the unified voice of the Internet economy, representing the interests of America’s leading Internet companies and their global community of users. ”
“The Internet Association is dedicated to advancing public policy solutions to strengthen and protect an open, innovative and free Internet.”
According to the post the leader of the group will be Michael Beckerman, former deputy staff director of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Also according to the Post the group is concerned with “issues that directly affect their businesses: privacy legislation, online sales tax reforms, cybersecurity and proposed anti-piracy and copyright laws”.
In a release, Beckerman said: “…the Internet’s decentralized and open model is what has enabled its unprecedented growth and innovation. We must guard against misguided attempts to handcuff this incredible source of job creation, freedom and creativity.”