Issues: Intermediary Liability
Access to customer information from Internet infrastructure providers should follow due process of law.
Internet infrastructure providers enable people to create and consume content, but it’s often agreed that these third parties should not be held responsible for how people use these services. As an analogy, a pen company isn’t responsible for what people write or draw with their pens.
Policies attempting to make online intermediaries responsible for all content on their networks are misguided, undermining the Internet’s openness and environment. Imparting undue legal risk and regulatory burden on infrastructure providers impedes their ability to do business and places them in the unenviable position of policing content. A qualified entity such as a court would be best suited to determine what violates a particular law.
Section 230 of the U.S. Communications Decency Act establishes a framework where those responsible for content are liable for their actions, rather than imposing liability on third-party providers. In international trade agreements, we advocate for the sort of intermediary liability protection principles outlined in Section 230.
Recent Updates On Intermediary Liability
38 Advocacy Organizations Sign Joint Letter in Defense of Section 230
As the Senate prepares to debate the future of Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934, the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) and 37 other diverse advocacy organizations have signed a joint letter to Senator Richard Blumenthal, Chair of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law; and Ranking Member […]
Gonzalez v. Google LLC: i2Coalition files amici brief with U.S. Supreme Court
On January 18, 2023, the i2Coalition, joined by our members cPanel, LLC, Identity Digital Inc., Texas.net, Inc. and Tucows Inc., filed an amici brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Gonzalez v. Google LLC, pointing out Section 230’s foundational role in allowing the Internet’s infrastructure to function efficiently and effectively without the threat of crippling […]
Watch: Abuse Reporting Workshop Featuring i2Coalition Member Experts
One of the most crucial factors to curbing online abuse is the quality of abuse reports that get submitted to Internet infrastructure help desks. All too often, abuse reports are often either directed to the wrong provider or contain insufficient information to take action. i2Coalition members have been proactive in educating stakeholders on both where […]
i2Coalition Announces July 23rd Webinar: Understanding the Full Scope of Section 230 in the Internet Ecosystem
The i2Coalition is excited to announce a one-hour educational webinar on Friday, July 23, 2021, from 11am-12pm ET/ 15:00-16:00 UTC to build understanding of the importance of Section 230 protections to the entire Internet ecosystem. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act prohibits treating a vast range of private sector and public Internet providers as a “publisher or […]
i2Coalition and eco’s Transatlantic Dialogue on Intermediary Liability: VIDEO
i2Coalition & eco – Association of the Internet Industry invited experts to discuss the future of intermediary liability on both sides of the Atlantic in a roundtable webinar that happened Oct 15, 2020. Hosts:● Thomas Rickert, eco● Christian Dawson, i2Coalition Guest speakers:● Melinda Clem, Board of Directors, i2Coalition and Vice President of Strategy, Afilias● Oliver […]
i2Coalition Submits Comments on Europe’s Digital Services Act
In January, the European Commission announced the Digital Services Act – a now package of regulations aiming to address issues such as protecting Internet user data and addressing the legal responsibilities of online platforms. As legislators aim to roll out the DSA in the final quarter of 2020, a call for feedback was announced and […]