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