Obama: Giving Up the Internet

As Russia moved aggressively to separate Crimea from Ukraine last week, a little known federal agency within President Obama’s Department of Commerce announced America would “give up its last bit of control of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2015.”  In a new paper, the Heritage Foundation explains the decision is “controversial” and warns of “trouble ahead”:

With the U.S. government’s role receding, ICANN’s executive committee will have greater autonomy and could act in ways contrary to U.S. interests and the interest of a free Internet. While the NTIA announcement specifically stated that it opposes granting oversight to a government-led or an inter-governmental organization, once the U.S. ends its oversight, America’s ability to enforce this outcome is diminished. 

Read the whole thing here.

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