Obama wants to give away the internet?!?
Carter gave away the Panama Canal. Clinton gave tech secrets to the Chinese. Why shouldn’t Barry Seotero be like all the other idiot Democrat we’ve had the misfortune of electing as president?
A plan by the Obama administration to relinquish control over the organization that administers the Internet is raising concerns that the United Nations — or individual foreign governments — could make a play for Internet control.
The organization in question is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. The group controls Internet domain names and other aspects of Internet architecture, and operates under a contract with the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
On Friday, that agency quietly announced that it wants ICANN to come up with a new governing structure — one that would be “global” and involve multiple “stakeholders.”
“This is all about … separating the Internet from government control,” said Cameron Kerry, former general counsel with the Commerce Department. “And the United States is in the strongest position to argue against government control of the Internet if it relinquishes that last little bit of control that it has.”
However, Daniel Castro is a Senior Analyst with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation warns that without the U.S. government providing an effective backstop to ICANN’s original operating principles, there would be no mechanism in place to stop foreign governments from interfering with ICANN’s operations. For example, Internet users and businesses worry that countries such as Russia or China may manipulate ICANN to censor online content that is outside their borders. Currently, the U.S. government acts as a deterrent since it has publicly committed to ensuring that ICANN operates openly and transparently. It is unreasonable, however, to expect all foreign governments to continue to respect ICANN’s operating principles in the absence of the U.S. government’s oversight and protection of core values.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican added, “Giving up control of ICANN will allow countries like China and Russia that don’t place the same value in freedom of speech to better define how the internet looks and operates”