SIIA Welcomes Aspen Insitute’s Cross Border Data Principles

Today the Aspen Institute released its first report on its IDEA project. It is a first-rate summary of Internet freedom issues and a call to action to implement principles designed to keep the Internet an open, vibrant platform for free expression and economic activity. In particular, the report endorses the cross-border data flow principles that SIIA has been supporting:

Free Flow of Information Principles
1. Governments should allow the free flow of information globally.
a. Allowing information to move freely and be stored globally permits the capture of economies of scale and makes it possible to reap the economic benefits associated with the Internet.
2. Governments should not artificially or geographically restrict facilities and information storage.
a. Artificially limiting the location of data geographically reduces the resiliency of the Internet and undermines its stability.
b. Governments should not require that facilities or information be located in a specific country or region.

SIIA member companies rely on the Internet as a platform for free expression, the distribution of content protection by strong intellectual property rules, electronic commerce, cloud computing and a unprecedented range of economic and cultural activities. SIIA is committed to maintaining the openness and viability of a free Internet. SIIA congratulates the Aspen Institute for putting together these principles and for carrying forward this important work. We look forward to working with policy makers to implement them.


Mark MacCarthy, Vice President, Public Policy at SIIA, directs SIIA’s public policy initiatives in the areas of intellectual property enforcement, information privacy, cybersecurity, cloud computing and the promotion of educational technology.