US Will Finally Relinquish Control Over Internet To Global Community

ICANN headquarters in Playa Vista, Los Angeles, California. (Wikipedia)

TN Note: Privacy advocates, Internet users and legislators are battling the Obama Administration to stop the cessation of power to internationalists. Since the Internet is such a vital element of globalization, including the implementation of the UN’s 2030 Agenda, Technocrats see this as a necessary step. It is not yet clear where the handoff will end up, but most likely it will the the United Nations itself, although there may be one or two intermediaries in the meantime. 

The Obama administration reportedly is getting behind a plan that would have the U.S. government relinquish its last bit of control over the Internet – a move Republican lawmakers are fighting tooth-and-nail.

The transfer was set in motion two years ago when a Commerce Department agency, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, said it would cede oversight over an obscure, but powerful, Los Angeles-based nonprofit called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

The head of the agency, Lawrence Strickling, told AFP on Thursday the game plan they got back from ICANN – which would hand over the reins to a “multi-stakeholder” group, and not a single government – is now in line with what they want.

“The Internet’s multi-stakeholder community has risen to the challenge we gave them to develop a transition proposal that would ensure the Internet’s domain name system will continue to operate as seamlessly as it currently does,” Strickling said.

ICANN manages some of the most important elements of the Internet, including the domain name system and IP addressing. Domains include those tiny suffixes at the end of Internet addresses, like .com and .org; Internet Protocol addresses are the numerical sequences assigned to devices in a network.

Foreign governments had complained about the U.S. oversight, maintained through contracts with ICANN.

Yet the Obama administration has faced stiff resistance to a hand-off for months from vocal critics on Capitol Hill and in the tech community. One concern is that, in the void left by America’s transfer of oversight, other nations that don’t share the United States’ commitment to free speech and expression could make a grab at Internet influence.

On Wednesday, Republican Texas Sen. Cruz and Republican Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy introduced legislation to prevent the transfer of functions related to the Internet Domain Name System unless specifically authorized by Congress.

The Protecting Internet Freedom Act also aims to ensure that the U.S. maintains sole ownership of the .gov and .mil top-level domains.

“The Obama administration is months away from deciding whether the United States Government will continue to provide oversight over core functions of the Internet and protect it from authoritarian regimes that view the Internet as a way to increase their influence and suppress freedom of speech,” Cruz said in a statement. “This issue threatens not only our personal liberties, but also our national security. We must act affirmatively to protect the Internet and the amazing engine for economic growth and opportunity the Internet has become, and I urge my colleagues to support this legislation.”

In a press release, the lawmakers suggested the plan would “allow over 160 foreign governments to have increased influence over the management and operation of the Internet.”

Groups supporting the Protecting Internet Freedom Act include Americans for Limited Government, National Religious Broadcasters and Frontiers of Freedom.

Strickling reportedly is not calling his agency’s endorsement of the plan a formal “approval” yet – but if Washington stamps the plan, AFP reported, the U.S. government contract with ICANN would expire at the end of September. The plan reportedly is meant to prevent any single government from taking control and is not predicted to cause major changes for ordinary Internet users.

The push to transfer oversight dates back years.

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2 Comments on "US Will Finally Relinquish Control Over Internet To Global Community"

  1. Neither Obama, nor anyone else who serves within our governments have that authority. They were NEVER delegated to give any type of authority to a foreign entity, foreign nation, foreign anything. It is Treason. If he does it then we need to not only remove him from impersonating a US President, but on top of First Degree Murder Charges, *terrorism, mass murders – wars he has NO authority to, matter of fact explicitly is forbidden to – get America in to so he and his administration are each at all levels PERSONALLY responsible.

    No one in any branch of the federal government has that authority delegated to the position or office that they serve within.

    It is high Treason along with all the other criminal acts committed. Remember that those that “guard” him and the family are Oath sworn to the US Constitution, as is EVERY single position within our governments – they are required to be anyway – elected, hired, contracted, etc, ALL. That makes them all PERSONALLY responsible for every crime that has been committed by any serving within our governments and that they did, or should have known about those crimes.

  2. THIS ACT IS HIGH TREASON OF THE U.S. GOVT.. THEY SHOULD ALL BE THROWN IN JAIL!!!

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