Association for Competitive Technology

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The Association for Competitive Technology (ACT) is a group that was founded in 1998 in response to the anti-trust action against Microsoft then taking place in the United States.

The initial version of the groups website, which was first indexed in October 1999, stated that "as a grassroots information technology trade association, ACT is working to preserve the freedom to achieve, compete and innovate." (The group's orignial office address was 1225 Eye St. NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC, 20005.[1]

On its website the group stated that the groups origins lay with a number of unnamed "technology executives" who "one day in 1998 ... woke up to find that Washington, D.C. was debating issues directly affecting their businesses -- Y2K, antitrust, encryption, and broadband. And the debate was considering how government intervention could "reform" the IT industry ... These executives, awake to the threat but busy running their businesses, formed the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT)."[2]

It claimed to lobby on behalf of "the interests of small and entrepreneurial tech companies throughout the country", against regulation, and in favour of the controversial issue of strong Intellectual Property rights in software. "...While ACT members include some household names like eBay, Orbitz and Microsoft, our members are primarily small and mid-size companies," it stated on its website.[3]

ACT has been accused of being an industry front for Microsoft, promoting a Microsoft-friendly agenda in relation to copyright, patent, and anti-trust legislation.[4]


In the last version of its website, dated July 2007, the group more explicitly identified that it had a small number of "sponsor member" which it identified as being:


Contact Details

Association for Competitive Technology
1401 K ST, NW
Suite 502
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 331-2130
Website : Archived version of ACT's website:*/

Articles and Resources


  1. Association for Competitive Technology, October 1999. This page is archived in the Internet Archive.
  2. "How It Began", October 1999.
  3. "Who We Are", Association for Competitive Technology, July 2006.
  4. "The FUD Is Mighty Thick Today", Groklaw, March 1 2004.
  5. "About ACT", July 2007.

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