The Computer and Communications Industry Association is launching a new independent project Monday aimed at promoting "disruptive" competition and innovation.
The Disruptive Competition Project, or DisCo, is set to focus on several policies favored by CCIA, including encouraging "robust competition" in the Internet market, a "balanced" approach to copyright protection, privacy policies that promote transparency and choice over "prescriptive" regulation, and the free flow of information online around the world.
CCIA President Ed Black said in a statement that his group's decision to launch the new project stemmed in part out of the battle to help defeat the controversial anti-piracy bills in Congress known as the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House and the Protect IP Act in the Senate as well as by current efforts by some countries to impose regulations on the Internet.
"DisCo will push back against interests that aim to curtail change and will champion those seeking to disrupt the status quo, whether they be small startups or large enterprises," CCIA Senior Director of Public Policy Dan O'Connor said in a statement. "We want to make sure that tech companies are always free to move fast, to challenge contemporary business models and to provide consumers with cool new products and services."
DisCo's website will feature blog posts and commentary on its issue areas. DisCo hopes to eventually attract outside groups and other supporters that favor its agenda. The group, which is being funded by CCIA, is aimed at challenging "incumbents" but a project official said it will not be focused on incumbent broadband firms that control access to the Internet.
CCIA's member companies include eBay, Facebook, Google, Microsoft Yahoo and others.