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Technology Lobby Group May Be Forming

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There are reports that Facebook, Google, Amazon, and EBay might be joining a lobby group. The industry's giants, despite being competitive rivals, are reportedly forming a lobbying group, which would be the first one with a focus solely on internet and world wide web legislation. The lobby group will be led by former congressional adviser Michael Beckerman who said of the new development, "The Internet isn't just Silicon Valley anymore, the Internet has moved to Main Street. Our top priority is to ensure that elected leaders in Washington understand the profound impacts of the internet and internet companies on jobs, economic growth and freedom," Beckerman said in a [URL="http://internetassociation.org/PR-InternetAssociation-120725.pdf"]statement[/URL]. "No one can predict what innovations will happen next. But we do know that the internet's decentralised 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,"

It is unclear what the main goals of the group will be, but it will likely involve opposition of legislation like SOPA and PIPA, as well as weighing in on topics like Internet Tax and Net Neutrality. This will be an interesting development that bears watching closely.

For more on this, see [URL="http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2194736/Google-Facebook-Amazon-Quietly-Forming-Tech-Lobbying-Group"]Search Engine Watch[/URL].

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