Often we hear the left clamoring about a “free ” Internet and “net neutrality” and what they really mean is that they don’t want the Internet controlled by “evil” corporations aka consumers, producers, and the free market. So it should be no surprise that Obama and his leftist cronies have handed over control of the Internet to the UN and other countries that don’t have American interests in mind. This can’t stand!
Obama wants to hand over ICANN to the rest of the world. This is the organization that regulates and protects the Internet. It holds all domain names and has the ability to control what can and can’t be on the Internet. Potentially letting the United Nations and China control it would be a disaster for free speech.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN /ˈaɪkæn/ eye-kan) is a nonprofit organization that is responsible for coordinating the maintenance and procedures of several databases related to the namespaces of the Internet – thereby ensuring the network’s stable and secure operation. ICANN performs the actual technical maintenance work of the central Internet address pools and DNS Root registries pursuant to the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) function contract.ICANN’s primary principles of operation have been described as helping preserve the operational stability of the Internet; to promote competition; to achieve broad representation of the global Internet community; and to develop policies appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes.Much of its work has concerned the Internet’s global Domain Name System, including policy development for internationalization of the DNS system, introduction of new generic top-level domains (TLDs), and the operation of root name servers. The numbering facilities ICANN manages include the Internet Protocol address spaces for IPv4 and IPv6, and assignment of address blocks to regional Internet registries. ICANN also maintains registries of Internet protocol identifiers.
Via The Economist
Yet ICANN and its independence are still controversial. Some—notably Ted Cruz, a Republican senator from Texas, and four state attorneys-general who have sued to block the handover—argue that the handover amounts to giving away the internet. He says that it would allow governments in autocratic countries such as China, Iran and Russia to have greater control over what is available online
Thank you, Ted Cruz and others! But it looks like Obama once again wants to sell us out to foreign interests! This is unacceptable!
Is this the end of the free Internet as we know it? Share your thoughts.