ICANN sees privatization of Internet management soon

Glenn Chapman Yahoo! News 5/14/2015

San Francisco (AFP) – The head of the nonprofit group that oversees the world’s Internet addresses expressed confidence Thursday that it would be privatized and out of US government control by year’s end.

Fadi Chehade’s comments came despite criticism in the US Congress, where some lawmakers have resisted the plan […]

Putin: The Internet Is a ‘CIA Project’; Pursues More Russian Government Control

Amy Payne The Foundry Heritage.org 4/29/2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin is already at the forefront of Internet censorship, cracking down on blogger freedom. Russia’s upper house of parliament just approved a new law that will expand government control over websites.

This comes as no surprise following Russia’s comments at last week’s international Internet conference. If […]

Why would Obama risk Internet freedom? Time for Congress to step up

Jay Sekulow Fox News 4/3/2014

Our “pen and phone” president is at it again.

The Department of Commerce, in a Friday night release, signaled that it was going to give up American control over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which assigns and maintains domain names and web addresses for the Internet.

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Ex-Bush admin official: Internet giveaway weakens cybersecurity, opens door to Web tax

Giuseppe Macri The Daily Caller 3/15/2014

The U.S. government’s plan to give away authority over the Internet’s core architecture to the “global Internet community” could endanger the security of both the Internet and the U.S. — and open the door to a global tax on Web use.

“U.S. management of the internet has been exemplary […]