US Surrenders Control of the Internet to the Global Community

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In a one-world style move, the US will turn over the back end management of the Internet to the global community. The US had until now maintained authority over web addresses and domain names that organize the Internet.

All leaders of the world are not equal and the United States as leader of the free world is ceding control to global leaders which includes the world’s dictators. What could possibly go wrong?

Business leaders have to be worried because the functioning of the Internet might change dramatically.

This means the contract between the Commerce Department and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California-based nonprofit group, will end.

Stakeholders in the global Internet community will take control after a transition period.

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) tweeted, “What is the global internet community that Obama wants to turn the internet over to? This risks foreign dictatorships defining the internet.”

This will please the dictators in the world who feel the US has too much control and it fits in with Obama’s plan to make the US an insignificant cog in the global community.

The global community has used the NSA spying situation to push for this. That was an excuse.

A meeting to discuss control of the Internet will take place on March 23rd in Singapore.

Without US oversight and law, the Internet could become lawless.

“This is a purely political bone that the U.S. is throwing,” said Garth Bruen, a security fellow at the Digital Citizens Alliance, a Washington-based advocacy group that combats online crime. “ICANN has made a lot of mistakes, and ICANN has not really been a good steward.”

“It’s inconceivable that ICANN can be accountable to the whole world. That’s the equivalent of being accountable to no one,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a trade group representing major Internet commerce businesses.

Although ICANN is based in Southern California, governments worldwide have a say in the group’s decisions through an oversight body.

Major corporations have complained, however, that con artists already swarm the Internet with phony Web sites designed to look like the authentic offerings of respected brands.

“To set ICANN so-called free is a very major step that should done with careful oversight,” said Dan Jaffe, executive vice president of the Association of National Advertisers. “We would be very concerned about that step.”

Only this week, Marco Rubio called for a bill to prevent any government from taking control of the Internet. The Hill quoted Rubio: “Since the web is worldwide — and since it has proven such an effective catalyst for pro-democratic revolution — it has become a battleground that many fight to control,” he said.

Rubio pointed to 42 countries that limit the Internet within their borders and “now wish to take this further by exerting control over the way the Internet is governed and regulated internationally.”

Cybersecurity, regulation, high taxes should all be concerns.

In the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) which involved about 135 countries, proposals were leaked to the press suggesting United Nations control over the Internet, but those proposals never made it to the table.  Read a summary of that by clicking here.

According to the report, “Russia and China, along with others like Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Egypt, have and still do indicate that they want more control over how their citizens interact with the rest of the world on the web.  China already has its “Great Firewall” — a sprawling collection of censorship tools; gaining access to how web addresses are assigned would give it more control over how it’s citizens access digital information.”

Major private companies, such as Google, have been fighting such proposals on the international stage for some time.  Most of their focus has been on maintaining a freedom of speech approach, while most of the Islamic world has been working feverishly to establish rules seriously prohibiting blasphemy, along with other heavy duty restrictions as to what content users can access.  And then, of course, there’s China which has been attempting to stifle its citizens access to just about everything under the Sun.

In December 2012, Congress unanimously passed a Senate resolution to ban Internet regulation and keep the Internet out of the hands of the ITU, communist-led arm of the UN.

The UN was trying to expand the telecommunications treaty of 1988 to cover the Internet. It would include companies like Facebook and Google.

The US statement declared that the consistent and unequivocal goal of the US is “to promote a global Internet free from government control and preserve and advance the successful multi-stakeholder model that governs the Internet today.”

President Obama had been silent about a UN takeover of the Internet.

It was Vladimir Putin who came up with the idea to control the Internet. He’s a communist tyrant. Without US control and a global community now seen as having equal authority in managing the Internet, what can we expect?

China, Russia, Brazil, India and other UN members who want a UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) hoped to claim governance over our Internet in the past and there is no reason to think they don’t want to now. They want a lot “more control over cybersecurity, data privacy, technical standards and the Web’s address system. Foreign government-owner providers would be able to to charge extra for international traffic and allow for more price controls.”

These communist and socialist tyrants will all be pressuring ICANN. We don’t know where this will go but to make this impulsive move for political purposes is one of the stupidest things the US has done recently.

More at the Washington Post

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