Seven companies – Box, Dropbox, Okta, Slack, Twilio, Workday, and Zendesk – announced the launch of the Enterprise Cloud Coalition (ECC) on June 13.

The Coalition is an industry group focused on advising legislators as to the importance of cloud computing for the private sector and U.S. economy.

“The founding companies share a commitment to ensuring policymakers understand the critical role cloud computing plays in business – from data protection, to business growth, and continued innovation – and the impact it will have on the U.S. economy for years to come,” a press release from the ECC states.

Specifically, the ECC is committed to working with policymakers by:

  • “Articulating the benefits enterprise cloud computing offers;
  • Demonstrating how enterprise cloud services differ from those designed for consumer purposes; and
  • Promoting trust in cloud computing while encouraging growth and innovation among American cloud companies of all sizes.”

It also noted four key topics that will be the focus of its policy advocacy – privacy, cybersecurity, the free flow of data, and artificial intelligence.

ECC also announced Andrew Howell of Monument Advocacy will serve as its executive director.

“The technology landscape is evolving rapidly and this group of leading enterprise cloud computing companies can bring important contributions to the public policy debate on privacy, cybersecurity, AI and the free flow of data,” Howell said. “We are excited about the launch of the Enterprise Cloud Coalition and look forward to offering a distinct perspective on how technology companies can foster trust through meaningful input on policy issues such as privacy, innovation and security.”

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Kate Polit is MeriTalk's Assistant Copy & Production Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.