TechWorld on ICANN and IANA (quotes NetChoice) – “US plan to end ICANN oversight could lead to ‘Net censorship, lawmakers say”

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

Wall St. Journal on ICANN and IANA (quotes NetChoice) – “Open Internet: Clinton vs. Obama”

Wall St. Journal – “Open Internet: Clinton vs. Obama

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?”

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CBS Chicago News – “If You Got Sick Or Died, Would Your Family Be Able To Access Your Online Accounts

 Carl Szabo, privacy counsel for NetChoice, represents online companies.

“One of the greatest challenges that we are facing is federal law that actually forbids us from giving access to anyone who’s not authorized,” he says.

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Domain Pulse – “DC Trains Laser Focus on ICANN, IANA, and NTIA – ICA Counsel to Speak On U.S Role in Internet Governance by Philip Corwin, Internet Commerce Association”

Domain Pulse – “DC Trains Laser Focus on ICANN, IANA, and NTIA – ICA Counsel to Speak On U.S Role in Internet Governance by Philip Corwin, Internet Commerce Association”

CNN – “Dilemmas of the Internet age

“The light touch approach on privacy that the U.S. government has engaged in has enabled American innovators to develop some of the best services we see online today and internationally,” said Carl Szabo, the policy counsel for NetChoice, a trade association of online businesses and consumers who advocate for consumer choice, as opposed to government regulation.

He cited an MIT/University of Toronto study that found that after the passage of the European Union’s Privacy Directive restricting advertisers’ ability to collect data from consumers “advertising effectiveness decreased on average by around 65 percent in Europe relative to the rest of the world.”

Based on this study, NetChoice determined that if the United States were to follow this model, American websites would lose $33 billion over the first five years.

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Bloomberg – “Sales Tax Slice: At Congressional Hearing, Witnesses and Lawmakers Flesh Out MFA Concerns, Debate Origin Sourcing”

Bloomberg – “Sales Tax Slice: At Congressional Hearing, Witnesses and Lawmakers Flesh Out MFA Concerns, Debate Origin Sourcing

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.”

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Forbes – “If you like your Internet, you may not be able to keep it”

Forbes – “If you like your Internet, you may not be able to keep it

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.”

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Nasdaq – “If you like your Internet, you may not be able to keep it”

Nasdaq – “If you like your Internet, you may not be able to keep it

 

The Hill – “Rewriting the future of Internet governance”

The Hill – NetChoice Op-Ed – “Rewriting the future of Internet governance”

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

Small Business Radio – “Government To Give Up Control Over Internet”

Small Business Radio – “Government To Give Up Control Over Internet

“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.

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