Obama Surrenders U.S Control of Internet

by Admin on September 28, 2016

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The Obama administration will be shifting the control for much of the internet’s governance to a non-profit multi-stake entity, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on October 1st this year reports Computer World.

The administration announced that it is going ahead with the plan despite major disapproval from some lawmakers and advocacy groups who fear that the transfer could pose a threat to national security. The administration’s National Telecommunications Internet Authority (NTIA), however, claims that shifting the authority for the internet’s domain-name system or DNS to ICANN will have no practical effect on the internet or its users.

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Currently, the U.S government’s internet domain name system is under the authority of the federal government in contract with ICANN. This contract is said to expire on September 30th 2016.

According to The Washington Times, letting the contract expire would lead to internet oversight in which countries like Russia, China and Iran all of which have “demonstrated their contempt for Internet freedom by blocking websites and restricting Internet access to their own citizens, would be newly empowered to block specific websites from users all over the world, including in the United States.”

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