Skip to comments.US transfer of Internet control years in the making, fueled by foreign pressure
Posted on 03/18/2014 1:36:18 PM PDT by Mozilla
The decision was announced nonchalantly, in trademark Washington fashion on a Friday afternoon: The U.S. government will cede its last bit of control over the Internet.
The government has maintained that influence through contracts with the organization that administers the Internet, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. But a Commerce Department agency announced Friday that it would relinquish control over ICANN, presumably when its contract expires in September 2015. The office said it wants the group to next convene "global stakeholders" to come up with a transition plan -- a transition to what remains unknown.
But that sudden and highly controversial decision was years in the making, and it arguably dates back close to two decades. Further, despite the Internet being hatched in the U.S., the move to transfer control to the "global" community has accelerated in recent years -- under heavy pressure from foreign governments.
It came as little surprise, then, that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday praised the U.S. Commerce Department's decision.
"The Secretary-General takes note of this important development," a statement from Ban's office said, calling for all stakeholders to pursue a "single, open, free, secure and trustworthy Internet."
But whether that goal can be achieved is the big question. The decision Friday by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has raised concerns 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.
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said Tuesday that the current model of Internet governance has been a "tremendous" success, and he cautioned against moving too quickly to change it.
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You've got to give it up, before you know what you're gonna get. These dimmiecrats are sharp cookies.
The Obamanation will be the gift that just keeps on givin’.
It’s all about money.
Get ready to pay internet fees to the UN that they will use to promote Islam, homosexualism and open borders, and to discriminate against Christians and Jews.
The only thing the world will hate more than the USA in control, is the USA *NOT* in control.
Outernet is coming:
Please see post number 7. Thank-you.
Under Obama: defense cuts, rise of China antisatellite, enabling of Iran EMP, foreign (deniable) disruption/censorship/kill-switch to US internet, primacy of Putin/Beijing established (Saudi King and Soros say, "Good dog.")
Outernet will defeat all this.
If you put Obama next to a potato, you’d get a dictator.
Carter’s Panama Canal betrayal redux
ICANN is a US corporation run under US laws. Located in California.
And no Republican is making a big deal out of this yet either!
Real sharp. The Dimocrats are always doing things without knowing what it is they are doing. And what the consequences are.
They are too weak to do anything. if the GOP were tough and willing to fight this wouldn’t have happened. That is why the only opposition of any kind is from the tea party.
Bad idea to give up US control. Too often when something becomes communal property, no one is ultimately responsible for its maintenance.
So... a year from now, it’ll be impossible to post opinions on the Internet that conflict with the World PC Hegemony, and the expression of ANY opinion will cost a fee...?
The Internet was nice while it lasted.
If we can’t register a complaint online, we may have to go to the UN and do it in person.