Sunday, March 16, 2014

Internet transition triggers GOP backlash ~ By Jessica Meyers and Erin Mershon

At least one right-leaning group called on lawmakers to intervene.

Congress needs to prevent the Obama administration from giving away U.S. control over the Internet to any international body,” Americans for Limited Government said in a statement. “Perhaps this latest egregious action by the Obama administration in their quest to deconstruct the United States will finally wake Congress up to their power of the purse responsibility as a co-equal partner in government.

And GOP FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly shared concern “that NTIA’s announcement could set the stage for foreign governments and quasi-governmental entities to try to gain control of the Internet.

If this goes forward, the real work will be to ensure that ICANN satisfies the conditions outlined and that these principles cannot and will not be undermined in the future,” he said. “The only acceptable Internet governance structure, other than the current one, is a multi-stakeholder model completely free from foreign government intrusion.
It was good that I didn't allow the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 to occupy 100% of my time. This is a story that needed to get out. What is happening may be a lot on the insidious side. There may be a reason why this story wasn't at the top of the news, and came out on a Saturday. The old thing that we hear the government tell us: "Nothing to see here, folks, just move along, and watch some March Madness men's hoops..."

This is a much bigger story than the lamestream media will ever tell you about. It is all part of the pattern. Well, their plot will fail. There will be a lot of talk about this on Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh, and of course, here. There will be a MAJOR backlash!

And doesn't it annoy the heck out of you that the campaign that said "Yes We Can" is now saying NO! to ICANN? Just sayin'...

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Internet transition triggers GOP backlash
By Jessica Meyers and Erin Mershon

3/15/14 5:09 PM EDT Updated: 3/16/14 11:24 AM EDT

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The Obama administration’s decision to relinquish oversight over the group that manages the Internet’s architecture has raised an early red flag with Republicans, who blast the move as a threat to free speech.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has managed the Web’s domain-name system under contract with the U.S. government for more than a decade — but the Los Angeles-based nonprofit has worked to transform itself into a global organization free of U.S. ties. European Union officials backed the globalization effort, which intensified with Edward Snowden’s leaks about the NSA’s sprawling surveillance programs.

The United States has always played a leading role in overseeing the management of .com and other domain names, but the administration announced Friday night that it will give up its oversight when the current contract expires in fall 2015. The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, last month proposed establishing “a clear timeline” for globalizing ICANN and the duties it performs under the U.S. contract.

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