CLBR Segment 2: Report from ICANN 51 with Steve DelBianco
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As ICANN meets in Los Angeles for its tri-annual meeting, issues of the proposed ICANN transfer and ICANN’s accountability itself loom large. Steve DelBianco, an occasional ICANN critic and CLBR veteran is at ICANN 51 and will give us an update on what is going on.
As Executive Director of the NetChoice Coalition, Steve works with NetChoice members to set and execute the NetChoice’s agenda.Steve has become a well-known expert on Internet governance, online consumer protection, and Internet taxation. He’s provided expert testimony in fourteen Congressional hearings and many more state legislative sessions.
For over a decade, Steve has been a powerful advocate for NetChoice positions at the National Conference of State Legislatures and the American Legislative Exchange Council, where he serves on the Private Enterprise Board. Moreover, Steve regularly enters the lion’s den at the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board, where he’s the lone opponent of new tax burdens on Internet commerce.
Steve is frequently quoted on technology issues in the media, including a segment on 60 Minutes exposing barriers to innovation in residential real estate. Steve debated online taxes on CNN Situation Room, CNBC Larry Kudlow, PBS Nightly Business Report, CBS This Morning, and Marketplace Radio.
His analysis of new Internet sales taxes was featured in a full-page debate in the Wall Street Journal. In the past year alone, Steve’s quotes and editorials have shown in POLITICO, National Journal, Chicago Tribune, CNet, PC World, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Regarding Internet governance, Steve protects NetChoice member interests at ICANN, where he’s the elected as policy chair for the Business Constituency. He’s participated in six meetings of the UN’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and is a leader and organizer at the IGF-USA.
Before his work at NetChoice, Steve was founder and president of Financial Dynamics, an IT consulting firm that he led through the evolution of industry trends. Under Steve’s leadership, Financial Dynamics grew to over $20 million in revenues by 1997, when it was acquired by a national firm. Today, Steve continues to advise and invest in early stage companies as a partner in venture capital funds.
Steve holds degrees in Engineering and in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, plus an MBA from the Wharton School. He lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife and three children, where he is active in community government.