CRE Radio – Internet Sales Tax – The Pros and Cons with US Senator Michael Enzi

CRE Radio Internet Sales Tax – The Pros and Cons with US Senator Michael Enzi (Interviews Steve DelBianco)

IWF – “U.S. Internet Oversight: Stand Up for Freedom of Speech”

IWF – “U.S. Internet Oversight: Stand Up for Freedom of Speech

These are false assurances. Steve DelBianco of the NetChoice trade association gave this example in congressional testimony: Under Icann rules, a majority of governments can simply vote to end the current consensus approach and switch to majority voting. China and Iran are already lobbying for this change. Russia, China and other governments switched to majority voting to outfox the U.S. at a conference of the International Telecommunications Union, a United Nations agency, in 2012. Mr. Sepulveda called that an “anomaly,” but the result was an 89-55 vote for a treaty giving U.N. legitimacy to governments cutting off the open Internet in their countries. This division of the Internet into open and closed networks goes into effect next year.

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Institute for Policy Innovation on ICANN and IANA – “International Government Takeover of IANA Could Take Years, Say Transition Skeptics”

Institute for Policy Innovation – “International Government Takeover of IANA Could Take Years Say Transition Skeptics

The U.S. controls “the most basic, most critical” aspect of the IANA functions, which is the “title,” said Giovanetti. He was picking up on a car ownership analogy to IANA offered by panelist Steve DelBianco, NetChoice executive director. “What is the compelling reason for taking this risk,” when ICANN has said the U.S. has done a “superb” job maintaining IANA, Giovanetti asked.

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Wall St. Journal – “Keeping the Internet Free—for Now”

Wall St. Journal – “Keeping the Internet Free for Now

These are false assurances. Steve DelBianco of the NetChoice trade association gave this example in congressional testimony: Under Icann rules, a majority of governments can simply vote to end the current consensus approach and switch to majority voting.

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DomainIncite – “How Russia and China could take over the internet!”

DomainIncite – “How Russia and China could take over the internet

I’m basing quite a lot of this on concerns raised by NetChoice Coalition’s Steve DelBianco in a Congressional hearing last week.

While DelBianco seems to be generally pro-transition, he outlined several “stress test” scenarios that he believes need to be addressed during the stewardship transition process.

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Network World – “Businesses face rising political pressure from data breaches

Such legislation is not supported by businesses. NetChoice, a trade association of e-commerce businesses, pointed out in a blog post that retailers are also victims in data breaches, which can lead to millions of dollars in losses.

“We shouldn’t resort to new legislation that penalizes the victim,” Carl Szabo, policy counsel for NetChoice, wrote.

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CircleID – “Black Helicopters for the DNS: What Happens In 2025?”

CircleID – “Black Helicopters for the DNS: What Happens In 2025?

Steve delBianco painted a worst case scenario in which — probably in ten years from now — governments could overtake the Domain Name System (DNS). He argued that a situation could emerge where a majority of GAC members advice ICANN to block the adding of new gTLD files to or to delete existing (ccTLD) files from the root and the ICANN Board would do this.

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The Hill on ICANN and IANA (quotes NetChoice) – “Obama faces critics of plan to relinquish Internet oversight”

The Hill – “Obama faces critics of plan to relinquish Internet oversight

Concerned members of Congress should consider whether proposals hold ICANN accountable to its commitment to an open, global Internet, according to Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, which includes Facebook, Yahoo and AOL.

“The minute we let go of the IANA contract, that’s our one shot,” DelBianco said. “One we let it go, we don’t have the ability to pull it back.”

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PC World – “US plan to end ICANN oversight could lead to ‘Net censorship, lawmakers say”

PC World – “US plan to end ICANN oversight could lead to ‘Net censorship, lawmakers say

Steve DelBianco, executive director of e-commerce trade group NetChoice, urged lawmakers and the ICANN community to consider a range of potential scenarios, including ICANN relocating its headquarters outside of the U.S. and ICANN becoming financially insolvent, after NTIA ends its oversight.

DelBianco also described a scenario in which a majority of ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee moves to suspend a top-level domain that refuses to remove websites critical of governments. The U.S. government now provides a critical backstop for ICANN to ensure against major problems, DelBianco said.

“It can be uncomfortable to imagine a scenario where a future ICANN fails dramatically or is confronted with a serious threat,” he said. “But we should consider challenging scenarios and develop mechanisms that could resolve those challenges in a way that’s at least as effective as the mechanism we have today.”

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CDT on ICANN and IANA (quotes NetChoice)

CDT Comments

As described by Steve DelBianco, NetChoice, at ICANN49, use cases/scenarios could provide the basis for a real-world assessment of the proposals, identifying whether they will continue to build upon the stewardship of the DNS that has been provided to date by the NTIA.

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