i2Coalition to Mark Internet Advocacy Day in D.C.

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Come February 27th, the i2Coalition will be in D.C. to mark Internet Advocacy Day. Late last month, the organization’s Christian Dawson announced the move, noting key legislators such as U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jerry Moran (R-K) would be participating in events.

Dawson in a blog post, meanwhile, said that the goal was to “educate legislators and members of the press about the Internet industry and the importance of supporting legislative and regulatory strategies that promote Internet growth and innovation.”

The i2Coalition, otherwise known as Internet Infrastructure Coalition, plays an important role in representing the web hosting industry’s views on key legislation pertaining to web control.

Among those represented are companies including Black Lotus, ServInt, Firehost, WiredTree and AiNET.

Early last year, free web advocates rallied against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act), voicing their concerns that such legislation could hurt the internet economy by making service providers liable for the content of their users. The bills were later shelved due to the outpouring of opposition.