Coinbase is the first bitcoin company to join the Internet Association (IA), a Washington, DC public policy group that lobbies regulators on Internet freedom and innovation.
IA CEO Michael Beckerman framed the announcement as one that will find his organisation continuing its efforts to take on issues facing all disruptive Internet startups, including bitcoin-related issues that may have a wider impact.
Beckerman told CoinDesk:
"We’re investing a lot in helping policy makers to set the policies of decentralized networks, like the bitcoin protocol," Collins said. "That’s something that IA has a lot of experience in and we think they can help us."
Collins did not outline any specific issues Coinbase may be looking to take up as an IA member.
Beckerman added that he considers IA to be "very selective" in recruiting members, and that Coinbase was chosen for its willingness to be a productive part of the conversation surrounding the Internet today.
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