We’re going to Hollywood, FL with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to visit local businesses from 10am to noon today.  Local stops will include Hollywood Antiques Center, Presence Community Acupuncture, Hispanic Unity and Gino’s Italian Market.  Can’t wait to meet the owners of these brick-and-mortar businesses to see how the Internet has changed the way they do business!

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Vote for us here. The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Established in 1996 during the Web’s infancy, The Webbys is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences - a 1,000+ member judging body that includes Executive Members comprised of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities, and Associate Members who are former Webby Award Winners and Nominees and other Internet professionals.

Reflecting the tremendous growth of the Internet as a tool for business and everyday lives, the 18th Annual Webby Awards expands the mission of the Webby by honoring excellence in Websites, Interactive Advertising & Media, Online Film & Video, Mobile & App, and Social Web.

The Webby Awards presents two honors in every category - The Webby Award and The Webby People’s Voice Award - in each of its five entry-types: Websites, Interactive Advertising & Media, Online Film & Video, Mobile & Apps and Social. Members of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences select the nominees for both awards in each category, as well as the winners of The Webby Awards. However, you, the online community, determine the winners of the Webby People’s Voice by voting for the nominated work that you believe to be the best in each category. Each year, The Webby People’s Voice Awards garners millions of votes from the Web community all over the world.

We are honored to be nominated for the 18th Annual Webby People’s Voice Award and hope that you will take a moment to vote for us here.

 

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Internet companies’ job creating technologies encourage innovation and a competitive marketplace. The utilization of online platforms to promote the sharing economy increases consumer choice and fosters competition. One example is Airbnb, an online platform connecting people with a space to spare with those seeking a place to stay.  Airbnb generates jobs and economic growth for cities around the world, adding billions of dollars to local economies. To date, Airbnb hosts have welcomed over 11 million travelers who wanted to experience cities not as tourists, but as locals.  This sharing economy startup, boasts more than 550,000 homes shared, recently released a report detailing their strong contribution to local economies.

The report documented that over 80 percent of Airbnb hosts rent out their primary residence, and almost 50 percent use the money they earn to help pay their rent or mortgage.  But this is not an arrangement that solely benefits those renting out rooms and couches.  The study demonstrates the “spillover effect” on local economies – because Airbnb lodging can be less expensive than many hotels, visitors tend to stay longer and spend 46 percent more at local establishments than they would have otherwise.

It’s been said there is no substitute for local knowledge and the Internet is a great enabler of all things local.  Nine-in-ten Airbnb users surveyed said they are looking to travel like a “local.”  With the vast majority of rentals falling outside of hotel property districts, visitors get a chance to spend quality time and half of their tourism dollars in desired neighborhoods.

This is why Airbnb has shaken up the temporary housing sector, for the better, in cities like New York, San Francisco, Paris, London, Barcelona and Sydney.  It continues to offer a community-based model, more affordable prices, and a superior user experience.  

Airbnb is a company that should be welcomed by business and government leaders hungry for a boost in local tourism and jobs for their community. Internet start-ups are not only changing the future of travel, but are also driving growth and job creation in cities all over the world.  The contributions of Airbnb and Internet companies like them exemplifies why cities must position themselves as forward-thinking, pro-technology communities that put consumers first. We must ensure that outdated regulations that block the Internet economy are updated for our modern age.  The Internet enables increased consumer choice, competition, and allows companies like Airbnb to operate and grow in metro areas across the world.

Internet industry CEOs continue to land high approval ratings from their employees. Glassdoor, a site where employees anonymously review their employers, recently released its list of the top 50 CEOs for 2014. Internet companies ranked among the best performers among all industry sectors. LinkedIn, Facebook, Google, Salesforce.com, eBay, Amazon, and Yahoo!, all Internet Association member companies, made the list, scoring well above the 69 percent average.

These Internet Association member companies made the top ten:

  • LinkedIn CEO, Jeff Weiner, earned the prestigious top spot with 100 percent approval from LinkedIn employees who participated in the anonymous voluntary survey. With more than 700 reviews and near perfect scores in categories ranging from “Comp & Benefits” to “Senior Management,” Weiner attributes LinkedIn’s successes to his investment in company culture and values.
  • Facebook employees placed CEO Mark Zuckerberg at number 9 on the list with a 93 percent approval. Consistently ranked one of the best places to work, Facebook employees devote high marks to the company’s work culture and career opportunities. Over 90 percent of employees would recommend working at Facebook to their friends.
  • Google CEO, Larry Page, also made the top ten. Over 1,000 reviews from past and current employees pushed Page into 10th place with a 93 percent approval rating. The company’s work environment and compelling projects impressed employees the most.

Gone are the days of cloistered executives and ridged, top-down work environments: the Internet industry has made its mark on the American workforce. The Internet Association applauds these business leaders and the way they are changing corporate culture and behaviors to be more accessible, collaborative, and innovative.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In reaction to today’s news reports detailing the UK government’s secret interception of millions of Yahoo! users’ webcam images, The Internet Association’s President and CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement supporting government surveillance reform and denouncing the violation of privacy:

“Today’s revelations, about British intelligence practices, are alarming and reaffirm the need for greater transparency and reform of government surveillance. Governments must immediately act to reform the practices and laws regulating surveillance and collection of Internet users’ information. The most pressing Internet user privacy issue continues to concern governments’ access to and use of electronic data. The Internet Association supports the Reform Government Surveillance principles and encourages legislation to limit governments’ authority to collect users’ information and increase transparency about government demands.”

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CHAIRMAN RON WYDEN AND CHAIRMAN DARRELL ISSA HONORED FOR PRO-INTERNET ADVOCACY AND LEADERSHIP

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Internet Association today announced that Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) are the 2014 recipients of the Congressional Internet Freedom Award, the Internet Association’s highest recognition for excellence in public service.

“Senator Wyden and Representative Issa are champions of Internet freedom and the innovation economy. These awards are a well-deserved recognition of their unwavering leadership and longtime support of pro-Internet policies,” said Michael Beckerman, Internet Association President and CEO. “These two dedicated public servants understand the importance and vitality of a free and open Internet. We are grateful for their support of our industry, the fastest growing economic sector in the world.”

2014 marks the inaugural presentation of the Internet Association’s Congressional Internet Freedom Award, honoring a Senator and a Representative who have distinguished themselves as vanguards of the Internet economy. Awards will be presented at The Internet Association’s philanthropic “Girls Who Code” gala on April, 8, 2014.