Frequently Asked Questions
What is DisCo?
DisCo (Disruptive Competition) is a project is to promote disruptive innovation and competition to policymakers. Plenty of other groups in DC defend incumbent industries and protect the status quo; DisCo brings together experts to explain how disruptive change in the modern economy promotes growth and advances our society.
Who created DisCo?
DisCo is a project of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA). CCIA was created 40 years ago by start up technology companies that found their attempts to enter the hardware, software and telecommunications markets blocked by incumbents. CCIA has continually fought for competition, innovation and open markets in the technology sector ever since our founding and see the DisCo project as a continuation of our long standing mission.
Why does Disruption matter?
Disruptive innovation, by definition, threatens the status quo and the current sources of economic and political power. This is a good thing: it prevents stagnation and drives economic growth and societal advancement. As cutting-edge research is beginning to illustrate, a society’s long-term success depends upon its ability to construct economic and political institutions that enable disruptive innovation.
America’s modern economic success has been based on its ability to give innovators the freedom to bring new ideas and products to the market. Our nation’s economic and technical leadership has benefited from a sound and flexible legal system that encourages entrepreneurship and promotes Darwinian, meritocratic competition. Silicon Valley arose in the United States because we had a better legal and economic framework than the rest of the world. Forward looking policy positions, including balanced intellectual property protections and smart intermediary liability laws, gave birth to a business ecosystem that incentivized innovation while also not shielding incumbents from aggressive competition and new ideas. DisCo seeks to preserve and promote the policy foundations that proved so crucial to innovators in Silicon Valley and throughout the United States.
The rapid pace of Internet-enabled disruption spawns frequent political backlashes by politically active interests faced with disintermediation, obsolescence, or irrelevance. DisCo will push back against interests that aim to curtail change and will champion those disrupting the status quo, whether they be small startups or large enterprises. Disruptive competition is not about the actor, but the act: disruption is good for consumers, good for the economy and essential for America’s competitiveness going forward.
Our team of contributors will explore how technology and the Internet are constantly evolving with new disruptive technologies and business models, how policy makers can embrace them, and the positive impact this will have on consumers, the economy and society as a whole.
How can I contribute to DisCo?
If you believe in DisCo’s mission and have ideas for blog posts or are interested in becoming a contributor, please contact us. We strongly suggest that you comment on some posts first and become an informal contributor.