Entries by Steve DelBianco

Internet Governance: Game On

I’ve never thought of United Nations as particularly effective, but I have to admit they know something about organizing an international meeting of multiple stakeholders to facilitate consensus through a multilingual bottom-up dialogue. That is, these UN regulars know how to voice indignations and raise expectations. Generating action and delivering results is another thing entirely. […]

Relax. The United Nations is here to help

Relax. The United Nations is here to save the Internet I’m in Athens (Greece) for the first meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a United Nations initiative to increase international oversight and capacity for governing the Internet. Makes you wonder how the private sector managed to invest a trillion dollars to serve a billion […]

Whose Ticket Is It, Anyway?

Whose Ticket Is It, Anyway? New York’s Consumer Protection Board held a hearing last week on the resale market for tickets to entertainment and sporting events. In New York, the market for event tickets is a morass of complexity and corruption, and cries out for the kind of competition and transparency that e-commerce can provide. […]

Hurricane Season on the Internet

Hurricane Season on the Internet What would happen in the event of a catastrophic disruption of the Internet? Is the U.S. adequately prepared to handle or recover from a “cyber-Katrina” type of disaster? According to a the Business Roundtable, an influential group of 160 CEOs with nearly $5 trillion in revenues, the U.S. is not […]

U.S. Management of the Internet:

U.S. Management of the Internet: Where does it stand? Yesterday, the Department of Commerce held a public meeting to discuss progress made by ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) in managing the Internet’s domain name system. ICANN is currently operating the Domain Name System (DNS) under an agreement with the U.S. government. […]

June 25, 2006 MARRAKECH, MOROCCO

June 25, 2006 MARRAKECH, MOROCCO Just arrived in Marrakech for the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers) meeting here this week. Brought some desert-friendly clothes and a copy of NetChoice’s agenda for what ICANN should do to promote and protect e-commerce: Insist on Security & Stability. Domain name hijacking can shut-down a small […]

Welcome to the NetChoice Coalition

Welcome to the NetChoice Coalition Blog. NetChoice is a coalition of e-consumers, e-commerce companies, and trade associations dedicated to promoting convenience, choice and commerce on the Net. This blog will dicuss some of the key issues affecting e-commerce, including taxation, regulation and fraud.