Coinbase has joined Google, Facebook, Yahoo and many other internet companies as part of the Internet Association (IA), a nonprofit trade group.
The IA is based in DC. Its stated goals are to protect internet freedom, foster innovation and economic growth and empower internet users. Last year, it fought for stronger neutrality rules for the internet, and supported patent reform legislation making it more difficult for patent trolls to sue for patent damages.
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With internet freedom, the organization believes that information should be able to flow freely across borders without being impeded by tariffs, unnecessary regulations or government censorship.
John Collins, Coinbase’s head of government affairs, said in a statement, “Our vision for bitcoin as a free and open, global payments system aligns with IA’s own commitment to online freedom and innovation, and we look forward to furthering that mission as a member.”
Internet Association head Michael Beckerman welcomed Coinbase to the association and pointed to their track record of expansion and innovation, calling them a leader in the field of digital currency.