We all know there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Everything comes at a price, including free Internet content and web services, nearly all of which are paid for by advertisers. Proponents of “Do Not Track” legislation talk about giving consumers what they want, but nobody is asking whether consumers want to start paying […]
About Steve DelBianco
Steve DelBianco is Executive Director of NetChoice, where he works with members to set and execute the NetChoice agenda.
Entries by Steve DelBianco
Internet governance can be a little on the dry side. So when tech policy reporters get a chance to write an ICANN story that features porn stars on picket lines, it’s hard to blame them when they run with it. But all the media hype about ICANN’s .xxx decision at last week’s meeting in […]
It took a trip to California — the land of the gold rush — to discover that most elusive of ICANN aspirations: consensus.
Sometimes in politics calmer heads and common sense prevail, and red and blue partisans merge into purple. Protecting and encouraging Internet entrepreneurs has been known to move Congress in this way. Today, a House Resolution offered by Representatives Dan Lungren (R-CA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) will put States on notice that this Congress won’t impose […]
Today NetChoice filed our comments with the Commerce Department in response to its “Green Paper” on privacy—Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy: A Dynamic Policy Framework. Overall, the report contains many proposals that are reasonable and worthy of further exploration. But…(there’s always a but)…the Green Paper implies that we need new […]
In their race to raise taxes for a cash-strapped state government, Illinois legislators are pursuing a mirage that other states have already discovered was a dry and dusty disappointment. Yesterday, the General Assembly approved a version of the “Amazon Tax” that would actually reduce tax revenue while harming Illinoisans who make a living through online […]
For an organization where people argue for hours over arcane minutiae, it’s remarkable that virtually everyone agrees that ICANN should serve the “global public interest” and build “consumer trust” in the Internet. Although it’s only three pages long, ICANN’s Affirmation of Commitments (AoC) cites “public interest” five times and “consumer trust” eight times. So […]
“The do-not-track system could put an end to the technological ‘arms race’ between tracking companies and people who seek not to be monitored.” – David Vladeck, FTC David Vladeck is right. The Do Not Track system would put an end to the technological “arms race” – but that’s not a good thing. Instead, its the […]
This month, ICANN is driving hard to get two of its horses to the finish line. The first is barely a year old – it’s the first formal review of ICANN’s accountability and transparency. The second horse is going on 4 years old: ICANN’s plan to introduce hundreds of new top-level domains (TLDs) for the […]
As many of us in the Internet community gear up for the ICANN meeting in Colombia next week, it’s important to remember that not everybody embraces the multi-stakeholder approach that we’ve gradually learned to love. Just a month ago, a group with a very different vision of how to run things wrapped up their […]