US to give up control over Internet

posted at 9:21 am on March 17, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

What could go wrong? The Obama administration quietly let this one leak out in a Friday afternoon news dump, which seems to have worked; few people noted the retreat on ICANN, even the qualified retreat described by the Washington Post:

U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet, a move that pleased international critics but alarmed some business leaders and others who rely on the smooth functioning of the Web.

Pressure to let go of the final vestiges of U.S. authority over the system of Web addresses and domain names that organize the Internet has been building for more than a decade and was supercharged by the backlash last year to revelations about National Security Agency surveillance.

The change would end the long-running contract between the Commerce Department and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California-based nonprofit group. That contract is set to expire next year but could be extended if the transition plan is not complete.

“We look forward to ICANN convening stakeholders across the global Internet community to craft an appropriate transition plan,” Lawrence E. Strickling, assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information, said in a statement.

That would be just peachy, if … the aggregated stakeholders in the Internet all thought free expression was a great idea. That, however, is a mighty big if. The United Nations recently passed a resolution attempting to shut down any criticism of Islam, and Russia just spent the last two weeks locking out any websites that dissented from its military incursion into Crimea, for just two examples of what the brave new world of the Internet might look like under non-US control.

ICANN, after all, controls the entire Internet through its assignment and management of domain names. It hasn’t been a perfect steward of that responsibility by any measure, but I’d trust it a lot more than I’d trust the United Nations to service those requests. It would be bad enough to have a unilateral organization of liberal democracies running it, with all of the inherent confusion and inefficiencies that would produce. Add in the malevolence of dictatorships, kleptocracies, and flat-out lunatic regimes being given the keys to suppressing criticism from all corners of the plant rather than just the ability to intercede in their own fiefdoms, and you have the recipe for utter disaster.

I for one cannot wait to have China imposing filters on my Bing searches. Or to see the hotair.com domain get threatened for criticizing the new regime. Er … yay.

Republicans sense an opportunity developing:

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. …

Exactly who would regulate the Web’s back-end is unclear, but the decision already has sparked backlash among some in the GOP, who warn it could allow the United Nations or authoritarian countries to step in and seize control of the Web.

“While I certainly agree our nation must stridently review our procedures regarding surveillance in light of the NSA controversy, to put ourselves in a situation where censorship-laden governments like China or Russia could take a firm hold on the Internet itself is truly a scary thought,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Senate Commerce Committee and with the Commerce Department on this, because — to be blunt — the ‘global internet community’ this would empower has no First Amendment.”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, minutes after the Friday announcement, tweeted: “Every American should worry about Obama giving up control of the Internet to an undefined group. This is very, very dangerous.”

And that’s just a start.

“This is red meat for the base,” said former Rep. Mary Bono (R-Calif.), who sponsored a resolution in 2012 aimed at keeping the Internet free of governmental control. “We’re at a critical time where [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is proving he is capable of outmaneuvering the administration. … As they digest it, I think people are going to be very upset.”

Part of this is driven by the NSA’s activities on the Internet, but moving the control from ICANN isn’t going to prevent that in the future anyway. Meanwhile, our recent fecklessness in foreign policy doesn’t exactly build confidence that this administration will demand respect for free speech in an Internet partially controlled by players such as China and Russia. Whoever thought this was a good moment for this change should have their head examined.


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UN Web Tax…Diversity Cheer!

workingclass artist on March 17, 2014 at 9:26 AM

US to give up control…

When has this ever happened with any regard?

I won’t hold my breath hoping it happens here.

Effay5 on March 17, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Peachy, huh Ed? I agree if your meaning is impeachment.

platypus on March 17, 2014 at 9:26 AM

I say we start WW3, as in the new WWW.

bbordwell on March 17, 2014 at 9:27 AM

In the future, decentralized name servers will remove all governments out of the equation, not just censors and spies. Namecoin is the strongest effort in that direction so far.

Greek Fire on March 17, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Nothing good will come of this, that’s for sure.

JetBoy on March 17, 2014 at 9:27 AM

When this President and our enemies share the same viewpoint / opinion of the United States, this is one of the results.

It’s all about weakening or diminishing the US in a misguided effort to ‘right past wrongs’.

Athos on March 17, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Whoever thought this was a good moment for this change should have their head examined.

That would be Obama and his minions. Obama has NEVER been on the side of America.

HotAirian on March 17, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Great.

The Internet was built by the United States. It wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for us.

Great.

itsspideyman on March 17, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Idiots.

forest on March 17, 2014 at 9:29 AM

No issue has angered me more than this one.

Barry’s been planning to do this for some time out of more global “fairness”. The NSA is a canard.

He dropped this one now because of the Jollie crushing. Team Zero knows the longer they wait, the more of an issue it becomes.

And once the charade is over, we’ll get to hear how the UN will use it to “help bridge the digital divide” with a tax system. That will help no one.

We need this stopped right now.

If the only way to do it is win the Senate, so be it.

But the GOP statement should be one line: Obama implements the first global tax.

budfox on March 17, 2014 at 9:31 AM

itsspideyman on March 17, 2014 at 9:29 AM

If you really want to end this, just charge them for every time our infrastructure is accessed. This is what justified the NSA intercepts.

platypus on March 17, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Nothing good will come of this, that’s for sure.
JetBoy on March 17, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Except for decentralizing the net, the best possible outcome. They shut down Napster, Kazaa and all their friends. BitTorrent not so much, because they can’t.

Greek Fire on March 17, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Say, didn’t Carter give away control of the Panama Canal? Maybe the one is just continuing the libs philosophy of giving our stuff away. Clinton was suspected of sending his bag man, Gore, to collect campaign dough from the Chicoms for some of our military information. All of this sounds unpatriotic to me.

Kissmygrits on March 17, 2014 at 9:35 AM

History shows that when nations decline the infrastructure they built are often turned over for others to manage. They get too busy managing the decline to oversee what they created.

Sad reality I am afraid.

al sends

afterdarknesslight on March 17, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Maybe we should just give away the deed to the entire country and get it over with in one fell swoop.

rplat on March 17, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Ridiculous.

changer1701 on March 17, 2014 at 9:40 AM

The only thing American anymore is mom,apple pie,and welfare.

docflash on March 17, 2014 at 9:41 AM

First the Net, then the entire U.S. economy. Soros must be smiling; his maniacal dream of a diminished America and a global economy may soon be realized. And all it cost him was billions of dollars to get Obama and the democrats elected. But those darn Koch brothers are the problem, right?

fight like a girl on March 17, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Somebody tell me why we are allowing a community organizer America hating bastige to systematically destroy our Nation?

Who will stand up? I’d rather be called a racist than to leave my Country in tatters.

ENOUGH!!!!!

Key West Reader on March 17, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Can another be built to replace it? It could be called Outernet or something. Or is that just an impossibility. I seriously have very little understanding of this decision. I do know that because 0 has his hands on it, I don’t trust it. Who is the internet?

Bmore on March 17, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Obama=unintelligent CLU

CLU happened.

Murphy9 on March 17, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Meanwhile, our recent fecklessness in foreign policy doesn’t exactly build confidence that this administration will demand respect for free speech in an Internet partially controlled by players such as China and Russia. Whoever thought this was a good moment for this change should have their head examined.

Isn’t that the whole point? This “president” and his corruptocracy have been doing everything they can possible think of to squelch free speech since he has been in office. Can anyone say “IRS harassment” and claim it was not motivated by the democrat’s desire to silence their critics? Especially in light of the fact that multiple prominent dems publicly INSISTED that the IRS engage in that harassment?

SteveThomas on March 17, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Didn’t know this was the Obama Administration’s to give away.

TimBuk3 on March 17, 2014 at 9:46 AM

USGS confirms Los Angeles hit by 4.7 earthquake – USGS
read more on usgs.gov
12 mins ago

Murphy9 on March 17, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Has Al Gore even agreed to this?

guinneach on March 17, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Obozo knows that to be worse than Carter he needs to give away something as big as the Panama Canal. Clearly only morons at this point haven’t figured out that obozo’s only goal is to hurt America and Americans. He deserves to be treated as a traitor, as do his supporters.

Flange on March 17, 2014 at 9:49 AM

I’m afraid I don’t see why this is a concern. How will foreign entities hinder access within the United States? And they already censor the internet in their own countries regardless of who is “running” it.

NotCoach on March 17, 2014 at 9:49 AM

They’re really trying to destroy it all, aren’t they? Something new every day.

TarheelBen on March 17, 2014 at 9:50 AM

This is a very stupid move.

dogsoldier on March 17, 2014 at 9:50 AM

We need more a more articulate description of this “taking over the internet,” and assignment of addresses etc. This is confusing for a lot of people. It shouldn’t happen as the result of a court case or a government takeover, or a UN “Takeover.”

In the future will they try something else in the way of takeover, and then say, this isn’t new, we already “took over the internet,” and play word games to cover real harm. Like creeping into bandwith regulation, to evenly distribute what is built on private property to the third world? It would be better for the US to claw back as much rights to the internet as possible, at least for a royalty fee, after all, “Al Gore invented the internet.”

The UN is useless corrupted organization, I wouldn’t choose them to run anything. The group “running” it, is already a Non Profit, and surely more fit than the UN to run anything.

Fleuries on March 17, 2014 at 9:51 AM

US to give up control over Internet

Not just “giving up control” but handing said control over to some “international body”, likely the despicable, unnatural monster that should never even exist – the UN. This is an act of treason … yet one more by this administration.

Not only does this further empower the UN – an entity that no thinking individual can argue should even exist as it takes little more than a passing familiarity with evolutionary theory or capitalist theory to understand that any peerless, competitionless, empowered entity is guaranteed to grow in grotesque and destructive ways – but it might even give the UN an independent source of funding that would make that unnatural monster a much more serious threat to civilization than it currently is.

This is a very, very serious (and treasonous) move by the administration. Any and all who participated in this decision in any way ought to have to stand trial and be open to the full punishment for treason. This is nothing like Carter giving the Panama canal to Panama. To give something to an “international entity” is absolutely the height of anti-American insanity. All such globalist PiecesOS need to feel the full force of the law on them … for as long as they would continue to exist.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 17, 2014 at 9:52 AM

I for one cannot wait to have China imposing filters on my Bing searches. Or to see the hotair.com domain get threatened for criticizing the new regime. Er … yay.

I can’t wait until the left starts putting filters on Bing searches that are unfavorable to the filthy rat-eared coward and his administration’s crimes. You really think that putting monitors in news rooms like some sort of Soviet Political commissar was a random act of censorship?

Happy Nomad on March 17, 2014 at 9:52 AM

USGS confirms Los Angeles hit by 4.7 earthquake – USGS
read more on usgs.gov
12 mins ago

Murphy9 on March 17, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Unless it is pushing 5.7 or higher, it is a nothing in Los Angeles.
The 4.x I was in felt like a heavy truck driving over a speed bump and until the news said something pretty much no one around had anything to say about it.

astonerii on March 17, 2014 at 9:57 AM

This wiki site seems to have some interesting info.

Bmore on March 17, 2014 at 9:58 AM

You mean one man lie this Obama can just hand it over to the UN????????? I notice this last Friday and wondered why there was no fuss over it. Does this mean that all web sites that reveal web sites that show muslim atrocities will be taken off? This is very scary and I hope the wilted Gop can do something about it but , gong to hold my breath.

garydt on March 17, 2014 at 9:59 AM

You mean one man like Obama can just hand it over to the UN????????? I notice this last Friday and wondered why there was no fuss over it. Does this mean that all web sites that reveal web sites that show muslim atrocities will be taken off? This is very scary and I hope the wilted Gop can do something about it but , gong to hold my breath.

garydt on March 17, 2014 at 10:01 AM

It’s another part of the Obama administrations effort to convince the world that America is un-exceptional. NASA, the Internet, the US armed forces and the State Department’s influence all have to be de-emphasized in order to make the US just another average Western country. It’s all part of Obama’s “leading” from behind strategy.

Fred 2 on March 17, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Or to see the hotair.com domain get threatened for criticizing the new regime.

I can see it now…

Conservative blogs getting blocked or coming up “404 error”…And the list would come directly from the IRS.

JetBoy on March 17, 2014 at 10:02 AM

….more Smart Power!

KOOLAID2 on March 17, 2014 at 10:02 AM

this has been in the works for years, privatization actually began under clinton.
basically its just ending a contract between icann and dept of commerce.
not a fan of doing it but this predates obama.

dmacleo on March 17, 2014 at 10:03 AM

The way I see it, we have a golden opportunity for some smart folks to start up a private network of name servers. The free market will cure the ills introduced by world governance.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 10:03 AM

To elaborate a bit, initially it will mean that internet users will need to learn about proxy server. Very soon, though, redirection to “good” name servers will be automated and commonplace.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2014 at 10:11 AM

File this under spilt milk .. between the crapitalistic co ventures with so called social networks and gubbmints round the world .. this is just more of the same .. they won’t be happy until we’re all in 1984.

GKChesterton99 on March 17, 2014 at 10:13 AM

This thread has no photo. Very clever Ed.

Bmore on March 17, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Never mind. ; )

Bmore on March 17, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Obama’s internet give-away is alarming on many levels. It opens the way for cybersecurity threats, content management, speech codes and censorship, and taxation.

Inevitably, ICANN will land in the UN’s lap. The UN has been lusting for it for years. UN will tax it and for the first time, have a perpetual source of revenue beyond members’ payments, thus removing the last vestige of accountability.

Obama’s internet give-away is Carter’s Panama canal give-away x10.

Whether or not the intent behind it is benign, the behavior is treasonous.

petefrt on March 17, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Obama’s anti-America streak is shown here. He is a globalist hoping to reduce America’s power & influence whenever you’re not looking.

This is good news for Obama’s Muslim friends in the UN’s Organization of Islamic Cooperation. In time I expect to see this free-speech hating group calling for UN resolutions for censorship of speech critical of Islam, Muhammad, or Muslims via controls now taken out the hands of infidel Americans. After all, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet”, as Hussein Obama once pronounced, and the internet is a chief vehicle for such “slander”.

It won’t happen right away but I expect attempts at heavy censorship of the internet against all forms of so called “hate speech”.

Chessplayer on March 17, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Not for one minute do I believe Obama’s internet give-away is about privatization of the internet. If I did, I might support it.

No. What it’s about is transferring ICANN oversight from the US Govt to the UN… incrementally.

petefrt on March 17, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Can’t wait to see North Korea chair the UN committee on internet freedom of the press. The worst human rights violators seem to have a lock on leading UN human rights activities.

KW64 on March 17, 2014 at 10:49 AM

In related news, the UN Internet tax has become a reality

Brock Robamney on March 17, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Internationalists have been looking for a way to give the UN greater income streams than it already has. This looks like a peachy way to do it.

Bandwidth tax.

E-mail fees.

Throw in a little bit of censorship…

trigon on March 17, 2014 at 11:12 AM

I’m afraid I don’t see why this is a concern.

NotCoach on March 17, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Because what may seem as simply a bumbling Obama giving-up the cheese could actually be a Trojan Horse for what he really wants: Control by people who, like him, don’t so much believe in the Freedom of Speech.

When, ever, do the Feds volunteer to give-up control of anything?

Tsar of Earth on March 17, 2014 at 11:12 AM

I’m afraid I don’t see why this is a concern.

NotCoach on March 17, 2014 at 9:49 AM

I am sure that Iran & the rest of the countries in the Middle East will absolutely allow for freedom of expression when they have a vote! Yup!
Virus & internet attacks? Nah, we won’t have huge vulnerabilities under Russian influence. Uh uh. No chance!
IP & Copyrights? They won’t be stolen with China having a say. No way!
And the American-driven internet economy won’t take a gut punch with the EU hand on the scale. Nope!

/sigh

When the blog I write for throws my post up, I’ll link it for the weekly photoshop (on this issue).

Irritable Pundit on March 17, 2014 at 11:18 AM

just say NOBAMA.

gracie on March 17, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Hiding Behind ‘Global Internet Community’ the ravening United Nations

Bmore ,
This might help . One of the best pieces I’ve read on the topic .
Leave it to Canada Free Press

Lucano on March 17, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Irritable Pundit on March 17, 2014 at 11:18 AM

All of this happens now. If ICANN is no longer controlled by the US what changes? I don’t see them being handed over to any other nation or the UN. Everyone is screaming bloody murder, but I see no details for what changes. That’s all I’m asking for.

NotCoach on March 17, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Because what may seem as simply a bumbling Obama giving-up the cheese could actually be a Trojan Horse for what he really wants: Control by people who, like him, don’t so much believe in the Freedom of Speech.

When, ever, do the Feds volunteer to give-up control of anything?

Tsar of Earth on March 17, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Perhaps, but I’m not seeing anyone articulate a bad reason for this beyond a suspicion Obama is doing for it for a bad reason. Not even Ed. Lying, cheating, stealing, and censorship already occur on the internet.

NotCoach on March 17, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Sorry that link didn’t work . Go to Canada Free Press it’s worth it .

http://americanthinker.com/blog/2014/03/you_bought_his_ticket_he_took_you_for_a_ride.html
This one is also great !

Lucano on March 17, 2014 at 11:31 AM

My frustration with Jugears has long since maxed out.

Ed, will the GOP ever find a hill that is important enough to fight him on?

sauldalinsky on March 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Barry will back anything that weakens the U.S and our place in the world. His entire agenda is focused on destroying American exceptionalism. What is surprising is he didn’t do this sooner. This must be some of that flexibility he promised his fellow Comrade Putin when he whispered in his ear that he’s happy to be his bitch.

Buttercup on March 17, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Nothing good will come of this, that’s for sure.

JetBoy on March 17, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Completely intentional, I’m sure.

Ed, will the GOP ever find a hill that is important enough to fight him on?

Hmmm, good question. Perhaps dissolution of CONgress by Executive Order might be important enough, but knowing our illustrious GOP leadership, even that might only garner the usually huffy responses and a last sternly worded letter.

hawkeye54 on March 17, 2014 at 11:46 AM

NotCoach on March 17, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Please go to Canada Free Press . Sorry I couldn’t link article .
The great “give away” may have already started .

Lucano on March 17, 2014 at 11:48 AM

When, ever, do the Feds volunteer to give-up control of anything?

Tsar of Earth on March 17, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Perhaps only when it suits Bammy and his fellow travelers’ plans for us all.

hawkeye54 on March 17, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I’m sure that domains like jihadwatch.org will have no trouble renewing their names.

Akzed on March 17, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Whoever thought this was a good moment for this change should have their head examined.

Among other fools, Sen. Rockefeller

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 12:27 PM

After massive work and sacrifice – to include the number of people who died to build it, the United States handed over the Panama Canal. Has anyone really noticed? Of course, how many people in the world actually USE the Panama Canal on a daily basis?

Leave it to a Communist-tutored, Socialist-studied, Racist hate-spewing America-hating ‘pastor’ mentored President who voiced that (he hated this nation so much that) he intended to undamentally change this nation to hand over control of the Internet.

Leave it to the man who ordered our military to help Al Aqeda take over Libya, who helped the Muslim Brotherhood take over Egypt, who hired an Al Qaeda-associated militia to protect Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi, who armed Mexican Drug Cartels, who is running guns to Islamic Extremists in Syria, who is using the NSA to spy on Americans, and who is using the IRS as his own personal political ‘Brown Shirts’ – targeting his political enemies – to hand over control of the Internet to a foreign organization!

Those of you who recently read how Putin just shut down the internet for those who are running negative reporting on what he is doing in the Ukraine raise your hands. Those of you who have ever read or heard about how tyrants, dictators, and tyranical governments (China, Russia, etc) deprive people of the Internet raise your hands. Okay, put your hands down – your friends and co-workers are starting to stare at you….but you get my point. If we give control of the Internet up we will never get it back.

We will have the cost (taxes) raised, others will be able to deprive us of its use, and we go further down the road of the US being dragged down into the lower status of other nations (like Obama’s daddy wanted), and at the will of the rest of the world.

Good luck with that…and enjoy the ‘freedom’ of the internet while you still have it.

Will the last American out please bring the flag?!

easyt65 on March 17, 2014 at 12:28 PM

CanalGiveaway Carter just smiles…

Marcola on March 17, 2014 at 12:35 PM

When, ever, do the Feds volunteer to give-up control of anything?

Tsar of Earth on March 17, 2014 at 11:12 AM

“The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.” – Ronald Reagan

Except - If it’s an asset to the American people.

itsspideyman on March 17, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Obama was right when he said there was nothing exceptional about The USA – and he’s making sure of it.

Wander on March 17, 2014 at 2:13 PM

The “world” part of the world wide web is not really that big of a deal. The first world will not technologically sabotage the internet to its own detriment, and the 3rd world is just a bit player (in other words, who cares about the 3rd world net?). If they misbehave, they can get disconnected real quick.

The backlash from the NSA-palooza is a good thing. Let Brazil build the undersea route to Europe. Good for them. They can run their own DNS servers. too. The DNS apocalypse is overrated.

bbhack on March 17, 2014 at 2:14 PM

In the future, decentralized name servers will remove all governments out of the equation, not just censors and spies. Namecoin is the strongest effort in that direction so far.

Greek Fire on March 17, 2014 at 9:27 AM

This is not the venue to discuss Namecoin and the DNS apocalypse, but the status quo is not that good from a security POV. Even for those who want to read up, it’s pretty opaque.

The most dire predictions of net collapse in the past have been the undermining of DNS. DNS as it exists is not build for the future.

bbhack on March 17, 2014 at 2:24 PM

If there are access taxes and more sales taxes piled on to internet use I’ll just drop off the web completely. Aside from the daily reading, it’s just not that useful to me anymore. Hopefully most people aren’t so addicted to the internet that they have to keep funding the useless socialist and fascist united nations even more than they unknowingly or uncaringly do now.

If too many people drop off the internet you know what will come next….a mandatory tax to every man, woman, and child through the U.N. to fund islamic jihadist socialist child and goat molesters running the U.N.

After all, that evil America wasn’t destroyed enough by the communist muslim in chief, more must be done!

Diluculo on March 17, 2014 at 2:49 PM

when I read stories like this I sometimes have to check to be sure that I’m on a real site and not something like the Onion.

who exactly will be in charge then?

Dino V on March 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

“While I certainly agree our nation must stridently review our procedures regarding surveillance in light of the NSA controversy, to put ourselves in a situation where censorship-laden governments like China or Russia could take a firm hold on the Internet itself is truly a scary thought.
I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Senate Commerce Committee and with the Commerce Department on this, because — to be blunt — the ‘global internet community’ this would empower has no First Amendment.”

Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina)

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“Every American should worry about Obama giving up control of the Internet to an undefined group. This is very, very dangerous.”

tweet by Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, minutes after the Friday announcement

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“This is red meat for the base. We’re at a critical time where [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is proving he is capable of outmaneuvering the administration. … As they digest it, I think people are going to be very upset.”

Former Rep. Mary Bono (R-Calif.) who sponsored a resolution in 2012 aimed at keeping the Internet free of governmental control.

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Yep, yes, and yup.

listens2glenn on March 17, 2014 at 3:57 PM

when I read stories like this I sometimes have to check to be sure that I’m on a real site and not something like the Onion.

who exactly will be in charge then?

Dino V on March 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

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That’s the “open-ended question”, but WHO is in charge now ?

I had no clue that the Executive Branch of our federal government could just “give away” control of our internet, by Executive Order, without the Legislative Branch having any ‘say’ in it as well.

listens2glenn on March 17, 2014 at 4:04 PM

when I read stories like this I sometimes have to check to be sure that I’m on a real site and not something like the Onion.

who exactly will be in charge then?

Dino V on March 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Being “in charge” means different things to different people. The internet does not need anyone in charge, it just needs interested parties working together, because the alternative does not work.

Today, you can register a domain through one of many registrars. They cooperate, because to do otherwise would not work for anyone.

It’s a good idea to have one-stop shopping for the “numbers” part of the internet, but it’s not strictly required. You cooperate, it works, you don’t, it doesn’t. You act stupid, and soon your packets are getting dropped by the peer you managed to piss off.

I think the threat of one-world powers micromanaging and taxing the internet is far fetched.

bbhack on March 17, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Ed, will the GOP ever find a hill that is important enough to fight him on?
Hmmm, good question. Perhaps dissolution of CONgress by Executive Order might be important enough, but knowing our illustrious GOP leadership, even that might only garner the usually huffy responses and a last sternly worded letter.
hawkeye54 on March 17, 2014 at 11:46 AM

As long as they continue to get paid, they don’t care where they procrastinate.

AppraisHer on March 18, 2014 at 1:24 AM