Steve DelBianco of the NetChoice trade association posed this question on the CircleID website, for which Icann had no answer: “What happens if governments advise Icann to remove [top-level domains] from the root in order to suppress dissent and free expression?”
However, former Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.), tax policy advisor for NetChoice, a coalition of leading e-commerce and online companies, called for a compact-based approach, while also advocating for an origin-based sourcing system. Cox’s approach, dubbed, “Home Rule and Revenue Return,” is “a multi-state Compact that would establish clear rules for interstate purchases on which sales tax currently is not being collected. States participating in the Compact would realize sales tax on purchases their residents make from remote businesses located in other Compact states.”
According to Cox, this concept “treats catalog, online, and brick-and-mortar sellers the same,” and “involves no new complications, because most retail business already takes place this way.”
As reported by Steve DelBianco, Executive Director of Netchoice.org, the Commerce Department has instructed ICANN to create a “global, multistakeholder community, and expects ICANN to develop that entity.”
Americans created, built, and advanced the Internet, while leading the effort to protect it from censorship or discriminatory taxes and regulation. But now the U.S. government is releasing a big part of its stewardship role, leaving it to others to chart a path that keeps the Internet secure, stable, and successful.
Last week the Commerce Department announced that it would relinquish control of its contractual authority over the Internet’s global addressing system…READ MORE
“We’ll see new domain names like dot bank,” DelBianco said. About twenty a week will be launched over the next year. Most of us will notice ICANN when we’ve never noticed it before.”
One result from the change is that criminals will get more of a chance to dupe you online by spoofing real websites.
“Fraud using the domain system happens every day. With new domains coming out, there will be more opportunities for criminals to work their mischief,” DelBianco stated.
But he thinks some of the new domain names will actually help you.
“Some of these domains will make consumers feel safer. We might learn to trust domain names like dot bank or dot lawyer,” DelBianco said.