President Obama wants this to be the last month of an open, uncensored internet guaranteed by the U.S. government. His plan to end American stewardship would hand new power to authoritarian governments offended by the internet as we know it.
The good news is it appears congressional leaders have agreed to rescue the internet in time to prevent the Sept. 30 expiration of U.S. oversight. Sen. Ted Cruz who is trying to redeem himself after the mess he created in the Republican primaries, has pushed hard against the plan since it was announced two years ago, told me last week he’s “cautiously optimistic” legislators will block it through a rider to the federal budget: “The basic proposition of keeping the internet free has united Republicans across the spectrum and should also unite Democrats with Republicans.”
Top Senate and House Republicans have signaled they will ensure U.S. oversight continues to protect the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or Icann, and its stakeholders. The leaders of the four congressional committees that oversee the internet—Sen. John Thune and Rep. Fred Upton (Commerce) and Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (Judiciary)—sent a detailed letter last week to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Attorney General Loretta Lynch: “This irreversible decision could result in a less transparent and accountable internet governance regime or provide an opportunity for an enhanced role for authoritarian nation-states.”
Google, Facebook, Twitter urge Congress to hand over internet control
On October 1st, the US is supposed to hand the “keys” of the internet to ICANN, and Congress is not happy about it. The mostly Republican lawmakers, led by Ted Cruz, feel that ceding control will stifle online freedom and give power to authoritarian governments. However, technology companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter penned an open letter to Congress, urging lawmakers to handover internet domain control to the international community as promised.
The final proposal, drafted by “proud and active members of the internet community,” goes well beyond the US Commerce Department’s original criteria, set in 2014, according to the document. “Furthermore, crucial safeguards are in place to protect human rights, including the freedom of speech,” it adds.
We’ve got a better idea, the US Congress should hand over only Google, Facebook and Twitter to the UN if they so much want it, not the entire internet. Who the hell do these scumbags think they are? They are just 3 DOMAIN NAMES. Anyone can BUY a domain name and make a website. They are just that, DOMAIN NAMES. They think they are BIG CORPORATIONS? They are that only because they get traffic which they convert into money. Its simple, no traffic, no money, no more arrogant “yeah we’re big corporations and the congress should listen to us!” attitudes. Who do they think they are to decide and dictate to other domain names such as us for example? If you want UN control, FINE, go but don’t try to push others!
People should dump these websites immediately and find alternatives. They would go bankrupt in a month.
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