Entries by Steve DelBianco

Google-ITA Acquisition Deserves Ongoing Supervision

On Friday, the Department of Justice (DoJ) delivered its list of demands for Google to complete its acquisition of ITA, a leading provider of travel search tools.   We applaud DoJ’s recognition of the competition problems that could result from Google’s acquisition, and support their efforts to protect consumers through a consent decree.  In addition […]

$80 Billion Tab for a "Free Lunch"

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 […]

The Color Purple in Congress

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 […]

NetChoice Waves the “Yellow Caution Flag” to Commerce’s “Green Paper” on Privacy

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 […]

Illinois Legislators Chasing a Tax Money Mirage

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 […]

Institutionalizing Consumer Trust and Public Interest at ICANN

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 […]

Do Not Track– a Single “Nuclear” Response for a Diversity of Choices

“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 […]