i2Coalition Plans Work with DHS on Cybersecurity

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Following President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, an integral group representing the web hosting community on key internet issues highlighted collaborative plans with U.S. government officials.

The I2Coalition in a statement noted that it looked forward to working Homeland Security to “create a cybersecurity structure that respects the ability of infrastructure providers to innovate new security businesses and one that protects civil rights and an open Internet.”

“The development of strong cybersecurity structure needs to be truly voluntary and one that fosters a multi-stakehoder process. It is that process that brings together active participants in all aspects of the Internet’s infrastructure and one that reaches consensus on policies that ensure there is no better place to do business on the Internet than the United States,” commented Board Chair Christian Dawson.

Dawson also highlighted stats showing the generation of $46 billion dollars annually by an industry including the likes of Black Lotus, LuxCloud, OnApp, Rackspace, Codero along with a large number of other tech providers.

“We look forward to educating lawmakers with the facts to help make informed decisions on how to best foster American innovation and the Internet infrastructure industry,” Dawson continued.

The i2Coalition has petitioned the Obama administration, citing what it described as concerns over a process undertaken by Homeland security.

Earlier this month, the i2Coalition announced plans to meet with lawmakers on February 27 – also Internet Advocacy Day.