New US Tech Industry Lobbyist In Geneva

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The technology industry – including Google, Microsoft, and Facebook – has a new lobbyist in Geneva.

Matthias Langenegger has joined the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) as deputy Geneva representative, where he will work on a range of issues with international organisations and with member-state delegations.

Langenegger, a Swiss national, joins CCIA from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the international policy body responsible for the coordination of the internet’s unique identifier system.

Agencies he will be working with in Geneva include the World Trade Organization, International Telecommunication Union, World Intellectual Property Organization, and UN Internet Governance Forum.

Prior to ICANN, he worked in the secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum. He holds an MA in International Relations from the Institut de Hautes Etudes Internationales et du Développement in Geneva.

CCIA is an industry organisation which positions itself as dedicated to innovation and enhancing society’s access to information and communications. CCIA promotes open markets, open systems, open networks and full, fair and open competition in the computer, telecommunications and internet industries, it says.

CCIA corporate members include Google, Microsoft, Facebook, eBay, Red Hat, and many more.

William New may be reached at wnew@ip-watch.ch.

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