AIC Submits Comments to the United States International Trade Commission’s (USITC) investigation of Foreign Censorship and Trade [July 2021]

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The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC)  submitted comments to the United States International Trade Commission’s (USITC) investigation of Foreign Censorship. AIC supports policies that promote and enable Internet innovation, and the free flow of data, information, knowledge and trade across national borders, uninhibited by frictions and restrictions that are fundamentally inconsistent with the freedom to do business and with the open and decentralized character of the Internet.

AIC has raised on a number of occasions in recent years concerns about proposed or enacted regulations of the technology sector in the Asia-Pacific region which would impact freedom of expression and users’ rights generally, in ways that would in effect constitute or reinforce censorship, with a direct or indirect negative impact on (US) companies’ ability to innovate, trade, invest and expand their service offerings in certain markets. This worrying trend seems to be intensifying – and this is true across a range of political systems, whether with a strong democratic and legal due process heritage or not.