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
i2Coalition Supports an End to Federal Criminal Publishing Liability
The i2Coalition is proud to join with the Center for Democracy and Technology and many others in a joint statement to Congressional leaders expressing our concerns about the potential federal criminal liability for entities that host user-generated content.
i2Coalition Defending a Free and Open Internet at IGF
The 9th Annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) kicks off in Instabul, Turkey next week on September 2nd. Internet governance is a top policy priority for the i2Coalition and we look forward to actively participating as we have done in past conferences. Accordingly, I will be attending the IGF along with members Michele Neylon of Blacknight […]
Shaping the Future of Internet Governance
Supporting a multistakeholder process to determine Internet governance is a top priority for the i2Coalition and over the past year, we’ve taken an active role in advancing our position within the international community.