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Internet Lobby Forms in DC: Facebook, Google, Amazon Join Up

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood September 20, 2012 at 2:13PM

It was an inevitable alliance. Silicon Valley pillars will join together in Washington to form a lobbying group in order to oppose federal restrictions to their industry. A group like this is the first in the Web's history. Called 'The Internet Association,' the roster includes Facebook, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Zynga, and Amazon.
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It was an inevitable alliance. 

Silicon Valley pillars will join together in Washington to form a lobbying group in order to oppose federal restrictions to their industry.  A group like this is the first in the Web's history.  Called 'The Internet Association,' the roster includes Facebook, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Zynga, and Amazon.  Microsoft and Apple are notably missing.  The association aims to continue their successful fight against anti-piracy -- particularly against the two bills known as SOPA and PIPA.  The Washington Post notes that Google has already spent nearly $9 million on lobbying in the first two quarters of 2012.  The Hill reports that Michael Beckerman, the association's CEO, said that the Stop Online Piracy Act was a “wakeup call" to the group's members to join forces.


 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.