Did Obama Just Give Away the Internet?

From IJ Review:

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The Obama administration on Friday announced plans to relinquish U.S. control over management of the Internet to the “global Internet community.” While the announcement of the plan was sure to please international critics (and some Democrats), it created concern among business leaders and others who depend on a smoothly functioning web.

Oh, and it may lead to a global web tax, as well.

Former Bush administration State Department senior advisor Christian Whiton told The Daily Caller:

“U.S. management of the Internet has been exemplary and there is no reason to give this away — especially in return for nothing. This is the Obama equivalent of Carter’s decision to give away the Panama Canal — only with possibly much worse consequences.”

The Department of Commerce announced the decision to give up control of the Internet’s core infrastructure, in part, as a result of international pressure following revelations by Edward Snowden about the NSA’s global surveillance program.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has overseen domain names, assigned Internet protocol addresses, and executed other crucial Internet functions since 2000 under the supervision of the Commerce Department. That contract will be cancelled once final plans to relinquish U.S. control have been completed.

In additions to concerns about a weakening of Internet security, Whiton also warned of the potential of a global web tax:

“If the U.N. gains control what amounts to the directory and traffic signals of the Internet, it can impose whatever taxes it likes. It likely would start with a tax on registering domains and expand from there.”

So, should Americans be concerned? Of course they should. While the UN may not be outwardly anti-American, more often than not, it sides with those who oppose the best interests of the U.S.

One need look no farther than the UN proposal to create a “global warming tax,” by which it would redistribute billions of dollars from “developed” “polluting” countries to (supposedly “non-polluting”) “developing” countries (it excludes China and Russia from the “developed” list, by the way).

Yet the administration once again demonstrates its “world view” of  the way things ought to be. This time, a potential threat to the Internet as we know it.

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Another one of those Friday afternoon under the radar stories hoping no one notices. He may as well just turn over the keys to the White House.

According to the WaPo, US officials said this has been part of the plan since ICANN’s inception in 1998.

Newt Gingrich tweeted: “What is the global internet community that Obama wants to turn the internet over to? This risks foreign dictatorships defining the internet.”

What could possibly go wrong? ~snark

~Kathy

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10 Responses to Did Obama Just Give Away the Internet?

  1. CW says:

    And I suppose we’ll be paying a pretty penny for the privilege of giving over control of the internet to that bastion of impurity we call the U.N., which will undoubtedly put it in the hands of some Soros-backed leftwing organization that will immediately begin censoring the web for “the greater good.”

    The lefties are famous for trying to show us they’re the smartest ones in the room by doing what no rational person would expect. Standing strong for the interests of the U.S. is, after all, so old-fashioned and boring. It’s soooo yesterday, not to mention that the liberal masses are always impressed by that which they don’t understand because they think it must be over their heads.

    I think Obama et al would have tried to do this no matter what but I also think their mission was helped by the Snowden/Greenwald leaking project which gave the “international community” the excuse it needed to ratchet up the pressure.

    Unforeseen consequences…(or were they really unforeseen?).

  2. Kathy says:

    Great comments, CW, and I agree the Snowden deal had everything to do with the timing of this.

    Yes, I’m sure there’s money involved since it concerns the UN. We’ll pay them to take over something we had a decent control over, then we’ll pay a tax to use it. Next comes the censoring, the fines and the black-outs.

  3. Garnet92 says:

    I’ll admit that I don’t know why Ofugyou did this. I don’t know what he had to gain by giving away control of the Internet. Can’t be politically good for him in the US? Doubt that he is picking up a boatload of cash now? Is he making some furriner happy? Maybe he wants to be the head of the Internet for the UN? Get paid a pittance for each packet coming and going? You can bet that it won’t end up being good for the U.S. of A.

    • Kathy says:

      I think it has zero to do with us and everything to do with currying favor with certain countries in the UN, where his real alliances are. His poison pen works only for us, everyone else gets the open door treatment.

  4. bullright says:

    Typical. Doesn’t he always just give stuff away without getting anything in return? And he wants fast track trade authority.

  5. Hardnox says:

    I’m still trying to understand why. We built it.

    Where’s the pay-off to Zero or his cronies? Follow the money.