Obama Admin to Handover Control of the Internet: Open Internet in Jeopardy of U.N. Takeover

On October 1st the Obama administration will give away the United States’ control of the internet; something internet freedom experts say could further stifle free speech and kill open commerce, as dictatorial governments from around the world wrestle for control of the open net.

U.N. Logo over internet network systems

The Department of Commerce has confirmed that the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, which is responsible for interpreting numerical addresses on the Web to a readable language – for example, the .com addresses that you see in your browser –  will no longer be controlled by the United States. Control will be given to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a multinational company that includes stakeholders from countries such as China, Iran, and Russia.

Since 1998, the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA), a body within the U.S. Commerce Department, has handled domain names through its contract with ICANN. U.S. control over domain names has helped guarantee a free and open internet and has stop countries like China, Russia, and Iran from suppressing Internet traffic and censoring content. Without U.S. control over how this process works, the freedom of the internet is at serious risk.

In June of 2016, a number of U.S. companies including Disney, 21st Century Fox and NBC Universal wrote congressional leaders warning that “significant questions remain regarding Icann’s current readiness” to operate without U.S. oversight. They cited examples of how ICANN was not ready to operate without U.S. oversight including how a top-level country domain from a “failed state” was “redelegated to an entity affiliated with a sophisticated piracy and counterfeit organization, a multinational criminal enterprise, or even a terrorist organization.” They said, U.S. oversight to prevent such an outcome “is to be replaced with—nothing.”

Earlier this month a coalition of tech companies and internet freedom watchdog groups demanded Congress take action. In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, the group warned:

“Without robust safeguards, Internet governance could fall under the sway of governments hostile to the freedoms protected by the First Amendment,”… “Ominously, governments will gain a formal voting role in ICANN for the first time when the new bylaws are implemented.”

“ICANN has already morphed from the technical coordinating body set up in 1998 into something much more like a government: It has the de facto power to tax domain names,” the letter says. It adds, “There are good reasons to worry about what it may do with this power absent the incentive for self-restraint created by its contract with the U.S.”

The Takeover of the Internet

Even before the deal was made, countries like Iran were already threatening to move the physical regulatory facilities outside of the U.S., making it easier for totalitarian countries to crack down on internet speech.

According to a number of senators who tried to block the move, ICANN’s Beijing office is actually located in the same building as the Cyberspace Administration of China, which is the central agency within the Chinese government’s censorship regime. Just imagine what could happen to the internet should this facility take over.

Critics of the move, including Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, claim ICANN could be used by totalitarian governments to shut down the Web around the globe, either in whole or in part.

“The proposal will significantly increase the power of foreign governments over the Internet, expand ICANN’s historical core mission by creating a gateway to content regulation, and embolden [its] leadership to act without any real accountability,” Cruz wrote in a letter sent to Commerce and signed by two fellow Republicans, Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah.

For years ICANN resisted attempts by the United Nations to take over its internet operations; now, without the U.S. shielding ICANN, it’s very likely that this control will ultimately be taken by the United Nations or some other intergovernmental organization.

14 Comments

  1. Ip man
    August 17, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    guess I better start a file with ip addresses so I can still access sites like this should things go bad!!!

  2. B from CA
    August 18, 2016 at 3:17 am

    Was not the Obama campaign slogan “Yes, we can.”?

    Maybe it sounds a little too close to “Yes, I can”. ICANN

    the 1/10th of 1% get great pleasure in setting the masses up to be taken down
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    • B from CA
      August 18, 2016 at 3:38 am

      The United Nations was created by the United States. Rockefeller provided the property. Rockefeller, like Morgan, was a front man for the Rothchild’s banking criminal family monoply of bandits and thieves. Rockefeller was a charlatan who ripped off desperate sufferers of Cancer with bogus elixirs. He was found guilty of rape. Perfect choice for power by the Luciferian Rothschild’s who also created every war of the last two centuries and who own you and me under their J/N World Order, which is head quartered in “The City of London” and Tel Aviv and New York City.

      Watch Section 19
      of the Series “Communism By The Backdoor”
      by: Dennis Wise
      On YouTube.
      Stormfront.com
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      • FedUpWithThisCr*p
        August 24, 2016 at 10:39 am

        …and now we have Sore-ass Soros and Abysmal Obama trying their hand at universal dictatorship by destroying everything around them. Does anyone else think that the first thought Abysmal has upon waking is “What can I destroy today?”

        Hey you gurus — come up with a new, better, NON-Government-regulated version of the Net. I’m willing to pay for it and I would lay bets that the rest of us would be willing, as well!

  3. mike
    August 18, 2016 at 6:57 am

    we are now living under an army government in thailand. they are trying to take control of the internet via a single gateway. hope obama knows what he is doing.

    • Anonomous
      August 21, 2016 at 7:16 am

      Trust me, he knows exactly what he’s doing, but that’s not a good thing.

    • Eric Munkelt
      September 29, 2016 at 10:48 am

      He has known what he is doing all along. His agenda is to bring this country to its knees so that we need the UN! He has been destroying our beloved country since he got in the door. But liberals follow blindly! The government would never screw us! If you believe that, ask the American Indian!

  4. Gerald Young
    August 19, 2016 at 3:50 am

    What’s new obama has been giving away America for the last 8 years why would this surprise anyone? it may be time to dump this internet and start over!

  5. Moman
    August 19, 2016 at 9:50 am

    so you hand over internet control to a multinational company, guess what, any and EVERY networked computer that requires running on a network that is connected is now in jeopardy, this includes government and military networks.

    and private servers like Clintons.

    • Moman
      August 19, 2016 at 9:55 am

      just an FYI multiple defense networks require access to the WWW for interlinking across large distances like east coast to west coast uses the open internet for connection and information exchange between the two, the only closed circuit networks are the nukes.

  6. Joe
    August 22, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Al Gore would be proud.

  7. Kim
    August 23, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    What can Americans do to stop this? If anything? How scary is this that America has become some kind of sheep, trusting the government to decide. WAKE UP SHEEP. You aren’t SHEEP. Wake up before it’s too late!!!!

  8. Ed lover
    August 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    You ain’t seen nothing yet it’s going to be a lot worse before it gets better if it’s not too late already

  9. Yadja
    September 29, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    So the Globalist think they have us. The UN will be the Governing body and the International Courts the Judiciary and all Sovereignty is over. No borders, no say and the net closed down to information like Kerry said, if the media would shut up about terrorism people wouldn’t know anything.

    Again O does his thing. Muslims rule.

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