The Congressional Internet Caucus Academy (CICA) is a project of the Internet Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The CICA is the most prominent and industrious educational program on Capitol Hill for Internet policy. Its mission is to harness the collective policy expertise of Internet stakeholders — public interest groups, trade associations, non-profits, and Internet companies. The CICA takes no positions on legislation or regulation. Instead, the organization provides a neutral platform for thought leaders to debate important technology issues that shape legislative and administration policy in an open forum. We vigilantly adhere to our mission to curate balanced and dynamic debates among Internet stakeholders. Our volunteer board members ensure that we dutifully execute that mission. IEF’s board of directors is comprised by public interest groups, corporations, and associations representative of the diversity of the Internet community.
The Congressional Internet Caucus Academy shares the goals of the Congressional Internet Caucus — a bipartisan group of over 110 members of the House and Senate working to educate their colleagues about the promise and potential of the Internet. These goals include:
- Promoting the growth and advancement of the Internet
- Providing a bicameral, bipartisan forum for Internet concerns to be raised
- Promoting the education of Members of Congress and their staff on Internet-related issues
- Promoting commerce and the free flow of information on the Internet
- Advancing the United States’ leadership in the digital world
- Maximizing the openness of and participation in government by the people.
The Congressional Internet Caucus Academy works to educate policymakers on critical Internet policy issues. With funding and logistical support from the Internet Education Foundation, CICA hosts regular debates to discuss important Internet policy issues. The Internet Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and policymakers about the potential of a decentralized global Internet to promote communications, commerce and democracy.