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  • Ceding the Internet to “Global Governance”

    Last month, President Obama proudly announced at the United Nations the steps taken under his administration to “embrace a new era of engagement” in international affairs by correcting the actions of past administration that might lead people to “question the character and cause” of America including supporting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, addressing global warming through the U.N., joining the Human Rights Council, signing the Disabilities Convention, supporting the Millennium Development Goals, and paying America’s arrears to the United Nations without asking the organization to implement reforms to prevent those payments from being misused.

    Well, we can add another dubious decision to the list of sacrifices the Obama Administration has made to alter of international engagement. Today it was announced that the Obama Administration had agreed to cede much U.S. control over the non-profit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that regulates and manages the Domain Name System under which Internet Protocol addresses and registration of top-level domains like .org and .com are assigned. According to a story in the Guardian:

    The deal, part of a contract negotiated with the US department of commerce, effectively pushes California-based Icann towards a new status as an international body with greater representation from companies and governments around the globe.

    Icann had previously been operating under the auspices of the American government, which had control of the net thanks to its initial role in developing the underlying technologies used for connecting computers together.

    But the fresh focus will give other countries a more prominent role in determining what takes place online, and even the way in which it happens – opening the door for a virtual United Nations, where many officials gather to discuss potential changes to the internet.

    Under the previous arrangement, the U.S. government retained veto power over ICANN’s decisions. Although the U.S. government was very hands-off with managing ICANN, the relationship helped insulate the Internet from political influence of states threatened or frustrated by the freedom of that medium. As discussed in a 2005 Heritage WebMemo, the United Nations has sought for some time to acquire authority over ICANN at the behest of a number of countries who wish to tax or regulate it. As noted in the paper:

    For decades, the Internet has developed with a minimum of government interference. The core governance of the medium has been performed by non-governmental entities and overseen by the U.S. government, which has exercised a light regulatory touch. It is no coincidence that the medium has prospered from this benign neglect, growing from a research curiosity into a major force in the world economy and an invaluable venue for the exchange of information….

    The result of a UN-controlled and regulated Internet would be that non-democratic countries that oppose the right to free speech such as China and grasping, anti-market impulses like those of the European Union would have a greater voice in guiding the Internet in a direction away from “freedom, education, and innovation.” If the Internet cannot be a government-free zone, it should be governed in a manner that minimizes restrictions rather than imposing international standards that restrict Internet freedom. Given the stakes, the U.S. must stand firm and reject efforts to internationalize governance of the Internet.

    Quite simply, the decision of the Obama administration increases the vulnerability of the Internet to political pressure, censorship, and strangling regulation and taxation. Welcome to “responsibility and leadership in the 21st century” under the Obama Administration.

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    23 Responses to Ceding the Internet to “Global Governance”

    1. Freedomof Speech TX says:

      Dust off your copy of "1984" and read it again. Better yet, insist your kids read it.

      They are smart enough to see why government and/or global control is so dangerous to their personal freedoms. They cannot afford to sit around and not be politically aware, especially the teenagers.

      Remember, our kids are more materialistic and net savy, than any other generation. I doubt if they will take lightly to loss of freedoms.

    2. Arty77 says:

      It is hard to comprehend that we would allow any foreign entity to be in charge of anything that affects the USA.

    3. Mike, Tampa says:

      Arty77: And yet, here we are. Thanks Democrats!

    4. Steve Traverse City, says:

      Nothing is hard to comprehend anymore when it comes to Lord Barack Hussein Obama and his minions. The world depicted in "1984" will look great compared to the way these guys want the world to look. Scary days ahead for our kids for sure. GOD help us all.

    5. Fr. Richard+ says:

      Along with reading "1984" I also recommend C.S. Lewis' "That Hideous Strength". It is the third part in his Trilogy works.

      May God be merciful to us in these days…

    6. RG St Simons Is says:

      Mike,Tampa. Don't forget that Republicans had alot to do with it, also.

      Elections have consequences.

    7. Lwesson, Tejas says:

      The Net has long been a most troubling thorn in the side of the international community. More than just your usual Communist countries but places like Canada, England, Germany, Austria… have imprisoned those who have freely published on the NET that which is against the law in those so called "freedom loving" countries. These political prisoners are lost and forgotten save ironically for the Net. Now, should the tender mercies of the UN gets control these souls will be completely lost and sites even as tame as this might become criminally circumspect. What we say here will not have Mom at the dinner table looking all Mom like at us.

      Ironically, all the bloody furor raised in the name of FREEDOM during the last World War is coming quickly full circle with a Police World State emerging. If Obama can successfully kill off the Dollar as the World Reserve Currency and diminish it to the point of collapse, then a NEW WORLD CURRENCY can raise up all as the NET is shut down.

      Our Alice in Wonderland adventure is getting curiouser and curiouser!

    8. Mike Dodson, Midland says:

      No one, not the president nor congress nor the supreme court, has the authority to cede any sovereign power of the United States to any foreign country. I predict a ton of lawsuits, the eventual outcome of which will be a retreat to the old system.

      My recollection is that no other country needs to rely on ICAAN; they can "roll their own" as it were. However, because ICAAN is mature and has a reasonably efficient system already set up, many countries do rely on them, on a contractual basis.

      I believe this move is simply one in many moves designed to "remake the nation" into the vision of the progressives in the world — like Soros, Bloomberg, etc.

    9. ANDYB,FLORIDA says:

      Another part of the grand plan, the One World Order financed by Soros; this may be the most insidious. To counter the demise of the MSM, the fascists are seeking to control the internet; Chavez, the Mullahs, and a slew of long dead dictators are rubbing their hands with glee. Obama is ceding all of our cherished freedoms, and no one seems to care except those in talk radio, Fox News, and most importantly, the Internet. Next up is the Fairness Doctrine to eliminate talk radio dissent; and the next opening in the Supreme Court will signal the death of the 2nd Amendment; when the storm troopers come knocking, we won't be able to defend ourselves; not really a fanatical thought; just follow the dots of the Grand Plan; you might reach the same conclusion.

    10. Tim Az says:

      Just another reason to drive the UN from the shores of America. What exactly will it take to send these criminal world organizers known as the UN packing to a third world country where they belong.

    11. Louis L Cesar F Levy says:

      Clever Mike! This is the only viable way to Fight any attack against FREEDOM and/or against AMERICA. Know ye people that all of this globalization and other world government are directed AGAINST America, the God Given Land (which explains its marvelous successes)that the Enemy,full of Envy and deception, wants to destroy. Selling our sovereingy is his dream and all-China and Fulani or Gog and Mogog people, socialization, Economy's endeavor of destruction,sabotages of all kinds reveal only a deep rooted even though subtle (and therefore dangerous for not being easily seen)hatred and will to destroy. THEREFORE all American need to Understand this DONE and REFUSE to give on the attacks on our UNITY; a Value they lack and TOGETHER fight back. Fear nothing but a lack of understanding.

    12. Jerry from Chicago says:

      Where does Obama get the authority to make such a deal on his own? He's giving away something he doesn't own and had no hand in developing.

      What's next, putting the U.S. military command under the control of the U.N.? Giving Alaska back to the Russians? Siezure of all private property, confiscation of all firearms, unilateral repeal of the Constitution? What the hell is this guy doing?

    13. Dennis A. Social Cir says:

      The true plan of obama is to give this country away, release controll to the corrupt UN and all that it stands for.T^his is just the beginning of the end of the USA, may God help us.

    14. George in Mass says:

      It has to be up to ICANN to not let this happen. It is time for companies like this to take a stand because without them we are all doomed. As American's we have to start refusing to adhere to any of his policies in whatever way we can. The Founding Fathers called it civil disobedience. That is what the real Tea Party was.

    15. daniel. abilene tx. says:

      goodbye america. we conservatives will be criminals within 8 years. all we say, all we do, all we believe will be found on our "medical records" housed at the IRS. goodbye.

    16. Dave Fury says:

      Is this for real? Man, hoaxes about the government trying to regulate and/or "tax" the internet usage in the USA have been flying about for years.

      BTW, ICANN did NOT, and I repeat, DID NOT, have ANYTHING to do with how "computers connect with each other." Period.

      The US military developed the MILNET in the 1970s to connect military computers. The technology was "bettered" by Bellcore, and evolved to a user-friendly technology that eventually morphed into the "internet" we all know.

      And for all you other conspiracy theorists and die hard dems-I have more hard news for you to swallow…AL GORE had NOTHING to do with ANY of that, much less "invent the internet". Any of you who thought that or still do are idiots.


    17. Rubicon says:

      The internet…. average man's last bastion of actual freedom of speech. Soon to be regulated by those who feel they are our 'betters', who fear that we, the unwashed masses, have actually been talking with each other & recognized the despicable activities of our elite ruling classes.

      When these folks sought power, free speech was critical so they could communicate their goals, or at least the goals they wanted us to believe they intended.

      Now they have power in America's Congress, White House, & bureaucracy….. and suddenly, free speech, specifically OUR free speech (again, we the unwashed masses), must be regulated & controlled. "Our" speech is dangerous & "our" speech will lead to violence. Those leftist demonstrations & protests that destroyed property, got people hurt, & some even killed… well after all, they were doing it for "our" good!

      Right!?! Right!?!

    18. Linda Carlsbad, CA says:

      I would like someone to write an article about all our rights that were given away by Obama!

      Dick Morris said that he gave our independence away at the G20 Summit!

      What gives this President the right to give anything away?

      I heard him take a oath to protect our Constitution. Why can't we make him acountable?

      Please I need answers!

    19. David Herron, Silico says:

      What planet are you guys living on? The Internet is a worldwide resource, it is not a USA-only thing. I would think the rest of the world is scratching their heads in bewilderment over why the U.S. gets to be in control of the worlds Internet? Who controls the net?

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    21. Bryan, Earth says:

      ICANN was formed to solve some of the problems associated with connecting networks. ICANN was in the USA because the USA made the initial investments that defined the protocols and connected the initial networks that ultimately grew into the Internet. I am not surprised that some other countries a) covet that power and b) don't trust the US government to wield that power wisely.

      I can't help but wonder if ICANN's decision to separate from the US government is timely – by putting the Internet out of US control during a time when the US government seems willing (if not inclined) to sacrifice individual freedoms. I don't know if competing international voices will be sufficient to maintain individual freedoms on the Internet. I don't know that the Internet would have stayed free if it had stayed under US control.

    22. Revolution Now says:

      Get ready folks… we're heading for somethingn worse than Orwell ever dreamed of.

      Do not underestimate the power of the Soros, Rockefellers and the rest of the criminal entity that controls our government from the shadows.

    23. harv, Pa says:

      The End is getting closer every day, so you might as well bend over and kiss your — good-bye. If none of those who claim to know what needs to be done aren't able to help do whats right, then who do we turn to. With so much corruption thruout this country our only recourse will be to have a national TEA PARTY.

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