Basic hunting safety has two rules: 1.Know how to handle a gun without hurting yourself, and 2. Ready, Aim, then Fire. Same rules ought to apply when states go hunting for new tax revenue. Lawmakers first need to understand where potential tax revenue is hiding and how to get it in their sights. Then they create legislation […]
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Steve DelBianco is Executive Director of NetChoice, where he works with members to set and execute the NetChoice agenda.
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The ICANN community here in Singapore is celebrating after the historic vote to expand top-level domains (TLDs). And while I wouldn’t begrudge anyone a few Singapore Slings, I think it’s a little early to start celebrating. The marathon effort ICANN began 5 years ago isn’t even close to reaching the finish line.
I’ve just arrived in Singapore, where ICANN’s board will almost surely vote to launch an unprecedented expansion plan for generic top-level domains (gTLDs). As the new gTLDs start lighting-up over the next two years, we’ll look back on this week as the “end of the beginning” since it ended several years of planning for the […]
Kudos to the 23 state Senators who stopped California’s misguided attempt to “save the Internet”. Their votes to scuttle S. 242 is a welcome reversal of self-destructive behavior from a state that’s become its own worst enemy, in spite of having the world’s only real golden goose — the innovative and empowering companies of Silicon […]
The comment period just ended for the FTC’s proposed consent decree with Google over privacy violations when Google launched their Buzz social network last year. There were about 30 comments posted, but the most important comment we’ve seen is by reporter Grant Gross in his IDG News piece, “Google Buzz Settlement a ‘killer’ for […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]