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Edward J. Black
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Ed Black has been President & CEO of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) since 1995. His overall responsibility for the association includes leading its efforts on a wide range of policy matters relevant to CCIA and its member companies. He specializes in international trade, competition policy and intellectual property matters and has been extensively involved in issues including e-commerce, privacy, security, open standards, federal procurement and telecommunications policy. Mr. Black previously served for nearly a decade as CCIA's Vice-President and General Counsel.



Mr. Black is past Chairman of the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Communications & Information Policy and past President of the Washington International Trade Association & Foundation and Chairman of the Pro-Trade Group. He serves on the board of directors of the Interoperability Clearing House (ICH), and is a member of various bar and technology policy organizations, including past Chairman of the American Intellectual Property Law Association's Subcommittee on Export Controls, and the Advisory Board for BNA's Electronic Information Policy and Law Report. He is active politically at the local, state and national levels.

In the mid-1970s, Mr. Black served as a congressional liaison for the State Department under Secretary Henry Kissinger. In addition, he has served as chief legislative assistant and administrative assistant for several members of Congress, and as Deputy to the Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs for the Secretary of Commerce. Mr. Black subsequently practiced law in the private sector, where he represented high-tech companies and associations.

Mr. Black regularly testifies before Congress and is a frequent commentator for both national and industry media. He is regularly quoted in publications such as the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Jose Mercury News, Los Angeles Times and Business Week, and frequently appears on television programs such as MSNBC, CNN, Fox, ABC News, The News Hour, and Nightly Business Report and was named to the Washingtonian's list of Tech Titans in 2009 and again in 2011.

Mr. Black received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Muhlenberg College and his Juris Doctor degree from the American University Washington College of Law, where he won honors in the area of international law.

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After Copyright Debacle, Hollywood Tries Again with State Attorneys General

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 4:36 PM

"Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it."

The wisdom of this old adage is again demonstrated in recent media reports which indicate that the entertainment industry has sought to entice some state attorneys general to utilize their prosecutorial powers to block Internet...

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Study Shows More Choice, Spending For Online Content

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 4:57 PM

It is no secret that great change is afoot in markets for digital content; inescapable headlines drive that fact home. The changes have dramatically altered the landscape for content creation, but as a recent study commissioned by my association reflects, these monumental shifts have largely benefited consumers, and...

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As Battle for the Internet Goes Into Its End Game, All Eyes On FCC

(2) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 12:39 PM

As the World Series begins, baseball analogies on a series of Washington decisions impacting Internet users come to mind. After millions of lobbying dollars spent by Internet Access Providers and an historic level of public comments at the FCC, key Washington battles for the Internet are headed for the final...

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As Surveillance Reforms Languish, New Tools for Consumers to Protect Data Criticized by FBI

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 10:37 AM

Recent statements by FBI officials, including Director James B. Comey, are revealing and troubling. They criticize tech companies for deploying technology and privacy measures that more effectively protect customers' and citizens' communications and information from scrutiny.

These statements are in response to mobile security features...

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Big Data's Impact On Underserved, Low-Income Consumers On FTC Radar

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 6:09 PM

The Federal Trade Commission is hosting a workshop this week on the growing use of big data and its impact on underserved and low-income consumers. The Commission's request for input from a wide variety of stakeholders is responsible and appropriate, given how central data is to the Internet economy, which...

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FTC to Begin Patent Troll Study

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 5:16 PM

The eagerly awaited FTC study on patent trolls moved closer to implementation this month.

The FTC got budget approval from the White House's OMB for an economic study on the tactics and business models of patent assertion entities (PAEs) or patent trolls, which use the patent system mainly...

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Worth Celebrating This Independence Day: Supreme Court Upholding Search and Seizure Laws

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 7:40 PM

Americans are celebrating Independence Day just days after the Supreme Court upheld a principle that was key to the revolution that lead to independence.

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled the 4th Amendment requires that searching a mobile phone during an arrest is not legal without a warrant.

In...

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Congress Feeling Pressure to Pull Plug on TV Set top Box Choices

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2014 | 11:15 PM

Cable TV is utilized by many Americans every day. It provides access to programs that people want and some they don't. And polls show that few believe they are getting good value for the billions paid to cable companies every year. Complaints go beyond cost to quality, reliability, backward technology...

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Senate's Turn to Act on Patent Reform This Week

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 3:43 PM

As I've written before, patent trolls drain billions of dollars from the U.S. economy every year by exploiting a complex patent system to extort money from thousands of legitimate companies around the country. The troll business model is as simple as it is malicious: Because the patent system...

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TV Viewers, the Cloud Computing Industry, and Internet Users Watch Supreme Court Copyright Clash

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 2:32 PM

TV watchers and anyone who cares about cloud computing as a proven engine for economic progress should be paying close attention to the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday. It is considering what may be its most important intellectual property case this year: a dispute between ABC and other broadcasters against New...

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No, Russia Isn't About To Take Over Your Internet: Protecting Internet Freedom From Both Simplistic Defenders, Internet Restricting Countries

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 6:59 PM

Let there be no mistake: the future and openness of the Internet is of paramount importance. Unfortunately, recent headlines could easily lead someone who hasn't followed Internet policy to think the United States recently and suddenly decided to give up control over the Internet - and that...

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Congress Should Review Abuses of Copyright Law Crucial to Internet Economy

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 1:10 PM

In the early days of the Internet, some courts expected online services to be a sort of vigilante Internet police for copyright. Imagine policing the Internet for infringement without a list of what to police for, no reliable databases to consult, and no knowledge of who had licensed what to...

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Senate Needs to Stop Patent Trolls

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 3:04 PM

In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for a patent reform bill to keep businesses focused on innovation. This reflects the broad recognition that patent trolls are a multibillion-dollar drain on the economy. It's time for the Senate to take up and complete its passage...

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Better Understanding of Fair Use, Tech Missing From Copyright Hearing

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 6:03 PM

When a Congressional committee hears from various witnesses Tuesday about the subject of copyright fair use, one of the more important details is who won't be represented at the witness table: technology innovators.

Fair use is one of many ways Congress has ensured appropriate...

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Proposed Surveillance Reforms Insufficient, Another Finding NSA Program Is Illegal

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 4:23 PM

What American citizens and Internet users around the world needed to hear from President Obama at his speech on surveillance last week was that they wouldn't be surveilled without reason and information would not be misused. Unfortunately, they didn't get that -- though the president showed great empathy and understanding...

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Americans Want Government Action on Hacking and ID Theft, According to New Survey

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 3:04 PM

Retail giant Target revealed Thursday that criminals had gained access to sensitive data, including credit and debit card information, for 40 million shoppers. This is perhaps the worst thing Americans could learn as they finish up their holiday shopping. The threat to Americans' credit cards, let alone their...

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We Need To Restore Internet User Trust After Surveillance

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 5:14 PM

This week the Senate Judiciary Committee examined ways to reform government surveillance programs that have made headlines in recent months. During my testimony, I asked for limits to better protect Internet users here and around the world. My concern is our surveillance policy is myopic -- focusing on...

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Patently Unfair: Samsung Deserves Same Treatment as Apple from Obama Administration

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 5:33 PM

The smartphone patent wars between Apple and Samsung have been going on for years now, with the latest rounds taking place at the International Trade Commission, a relatively obscure quasi-judicial federal agency responsible for monitoring the impact of imports on the U.S. economy. In this capacity, the ITC provides a...

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Washington Must Focus on Online Data Security

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 7:26 PM

Over the long Labor Day holiday weekend, yet another article ran in a local newspaper about another massive data breach that has left the most personal information of millions of Americans once again at risk. This time it was 4 million health records for patients with a physicians' group in...

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Latest NSA News Shows Need for Better Checks, Balances, Boundaries

(5) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 2:27 PM

Revelations in the news media that the National Security Agency has expanded its surveillance to subvert encryption protections for Internet traffic is disturbing, but unfortunately not surprising. The NSA's mission has long centered on cracking encryption. It is not illogical to assume that with minimal oversight and maximum secrecy, mission...

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