Steve DelBianco serves as the Executive Director of NetChoice, a coalition of online and e-commerce businesses, including AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Google, Verisign, and Yahoo. He is the current Policy Chair of ICANN's Commercial and Business Users Constituency.
Steve has become a well-known expert on Internet governance, online consumer protection, and Internet taxation. He’s provided expert testimony in twenty Congressional hearings and many more state legislative sessions. He represents NetChoice at ICANN Meetings and in the Business Constituency,. He has also represented NetChoice at other high level fora, such as several recent ICANN hearings in the U.S. Congress.
Steve was an investor and Board Member of eRealty.com, an online real estate broker featured in a segment on 60 Minutes.
Steve holds a degree in Engineering and another in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his MBA from the Wharton School.
At ICANN 42 in Dakar, DelBianco outlined 4 standing issues that the CBUC had with the current new gTLD Applicant Guidebook. These points were later picked up by TLD critics, including ANA and CRIDO, and are likely to influence a December 8th U.S. Senate hearing on new TLDs. Those four points are:
- Applications for gTLD IDNs- the value of gTLD IDNs was stressed by the CBUC, but they pointed out that ICANN had yet to recognize or publicize this exciting development for the global Internet.
- Trademark Protection- While there are 3 trademark mechanisms in place, one of them, the Trademark Claims Notice Service, can be turned off the day after Sunrise.
- Registrar Code of Conduct- A new registry agreement was developed for the new gTLD program, but ICANN neglected to do something similar for registrars.