Working without a 'Net

Plan to cede U.S. Internet authority has chilling ramifications

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The Internet is uniquely American. It was invented here, it is largely controlled here and it reflects our ideals of freedom and free speech.

What would the Internet look like if it were controlled by China? Or Russia? Or the United Nations?

The prospect is unnerving to say the least, but such a scenario is possible under an Obama administration plan to cede authority of the Web’s core architecture to a yet-to-be-determined global organization.

As one expert pointed out, not since President Carter’s 1977 giveaway of the Panama Canal – another U.S.-envisioned, U.S.-financed, world-changing project – has such an important American asset been cast aside for nothing.

The Obama administration has said it would turn over the powerful Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, known as ICANN, to a “global multistakeholder community” once its contract with the U.S. Department of Commerce expires in 2015.

The nonprofit ICANN manages the systems that enables all Internet-connected devices to find each other, including the “domain name” system that creates web addresses with such familiar endings as .com, .gov, or .org.

Unlike a purely technical venture that can be overseen by engineers, ICANN is a quasi-political entity – a type of online planning and zoning board – with a major say in who gets digital real estate and what they are allowed to do with it.

ICANN in American control gives the U.S. leverage in debates over how the Internet operates, and provides us with a trump card to fend off any international attacks on Internet freedom.

The process has worked well since 1998. If it’s not broken, why is Obama trying to “fix” it?

Critics of the ICANN turnover, including former President Bill Clinton, worry that ceding U.S. control opens the Internet to more influence by totalitarian regimes such as Russia or China.

“I understand in theory why we would like to have a multistakeholder process,” Clinton said recently. “I just know that a lot of these so-called multistakeholders are really governments that want to gag people and restrict access to the Internet.”

Indeed, Russia and China were among seven countries that proposed stripping ICANN of much of its power during the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai.

Others worry the money-hungry U.N. will attempt to regulate ICANN through its International Telecommunications Union and institute a global tax on Web use to give the member-funded organization a unique revenue stream.

Given the U.N.’s history of corruption and dim views on individual freedoms, the world might almost be better off without an Internet than one where it is U.N.-controlled.

It is understandable the Internet’s global growth has driven other countries to demand more decision-making power, especially in light of Edward Snowden’s leaks about the National Security Agency’s massive Internet-spying program.

But the NSA has nothing to do with ICANN, which has maintained the Internet fairly and openly for two decades.

“U.S. management of the Internet has been exemplary and there is no reason to give this away – especially in return for nothing,” former Bush administration State Department senior advisor Christian Whiton told The Daily Caller.

“This is the Obama equivalent of Carter’s decision to give away the Panama Canal – only with possibly much worse consequences.”

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deestafford
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deestafford 03/30/14 - 11:36 pm
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This is just another step downward on the ladder..

This is just another step downward on the ladder of reduced USA influence by Obama.

Let's not forget how he took away the United States' capability to launch a man in space and we now have to hitch a ride at the cost of $70,000,000 per person on the Russian ships.

Nothing, I mean nothing, this man has done has increased the capability, influence, or prestige throughout the world or within our borders. He is well on the way toward executing the mission for which he has been groomed all his life---to destroy our way of life from personal liberty to socialism/fascism/statism.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 03/31/14 - 06:19 am
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Yea here comes the Gulag, boy
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Yea here comes the Gulag, boy where do some of y'all get this stuff from

corgimom
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corgimom 03/31/14 - 07:05 am
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Hey, when you talk about

Hey, when you talk about prestige, you remind me of somebody else that posts here.

localguy55
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localguy55 03/31/14 - 07:15 am
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deestafford, Why does this

deestafford,

Why does this President and this administration do that things they do without much of a whimper from many of the electorate in this country?

It boggles the mind to know that there are people, assumed intelligent people, that defend this man and his co-horts in congress.

Just like Genghis Con, Obama and the democrats run around burning and pillaging the country side, leaving a path of destruction in their wake.

I am afraid when it's all over and we are left to mend the things these people have broken, it will take generations to make right that which was once our wonderful nation.

I just hope we do not forget who caused the destruction.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/31/14 - 07:15 am
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what we do well, such as space travel and internet control

we give up
what we do poorly
such as education
we keep
contrary to what O believes, we're still the best country
our hill isn't quite so high, our city does not shine quite so bright
with the O'diots in charge
but we're still the highest and brightest
conservatives believe in reality
O'liberals believe in perceptions
and O'perceptions are wrong, and have harmed us forever

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 03/31/14 - 07:16 am
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Someone's been reading their atheist writer of bad fiction again

And mixing left leaning-socialism, with right leaning-facism political philosophies. It's hot and cold and up and down. $70,000,000 per person? We need to send 1, maybe 2, astronauts to the space station per trip. Each launch of the space shuttle was "trimmed down" to a final cost of around $1.3 billion to $1.5 billion per launch. Do the math. The modern right wing. Gripe because the government needs to save money. Gripe when it saves money. The right wing serves no purpose other than to gripe. Well, and to foul up things as often as possible and then complain they don't work.

localguy55
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localguy55 03/31/14 - 07:59 am
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Bod,It's called priorities.

Bod,

It's called priorities. Try living without an automobile and rely on others to get you places. I think you will find it much more cost affective to be able to go whenever and where ever you want as apposed to reliance on people you cant' fully trust.

Sure, it cost more, but then you have control of it. Giving control to others invites exploitation.

And as far as griping to save the tax payer's money. That's a good thing.

If the Dems. did some griping about all the wasteful spending Obama has allowed, perhaps they would not be the pickle they are in now. And keep thinking that "the right serves only no purpose other than to grip", all you want.

Have you read the polls lately? Good luck with that in November.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/31/14 - 08:21 am
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Obama lives in delusion land

Obama lives in delusion land where he believes all the players have his mindset and ideology. The only thing he cares about is social justice and wealth redistribution. Obama doesn't see a smidgeon of problems with his decision. That's the problem. Other Dems who aren't ideologues see the problem easily-as Clinton.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 03/31/14 - 08:45 am
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Thank goodness Obama will be

Thank goodness Obama will be gone this election cycle and I hope we do not get another like him ever. Such a disappointment to this great country.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/31/14 - 09:27 am
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Fascism

Bodhisattva posted:

. . . And mixing left leaning-socialism, with right leaning-facism political philosophies.

I have to remind readers again that fascism is not and has never been right leaning. Fascism is a big-government political system that has a powerful central government controlling factories, farms, and large commercial entities with heavy regulation. Fascism is not as left-leaning as pure socialism is, but fascism is still left of center. Obama would love to see pure socialism here in the United States; but, for now, he seems to be happy with his fascist administration.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 03/31/14 - 09:37 am
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The Daily Caller?

I guess when you have no journalistic integrity, it's fine to use sources with no journalistic integrity founded by partisan hack and non-legitimate journalist Tucker Carlson and former Dick Cheney aide (that says enough in itself) Neil Patel. Just as a couple of examples: Carlson buying Keith Olbermans old website and falsely claiming to be Olberman sending out messages that damaged his good name. Carlson should have been sued out of business then and there. Add in the little case of the Caller running ads attacking the ACA in tandem with GOP attack ads saying the White House gave favors to AARP regarding Medigap policies in the ACA. Slight problem. There's nothing in the ACA addressing Medigap policies, and Medigap policies are regulated at the state level, and Congress has kept the same language regulating them since 1996. Partisan hacks and running free advertising for the GOP in disguise as "news". Christian Whiton, former Bushie who writes for Carlson, President of the Hamilton Foundation, The Weekly Standard (Murdoch's Newscorp, part of Philip F. Anschutz's Clarity Media Group, tied to Project for the New American Century), tied to William Kristol (all of the folks who brought us the Iraq War), tied to Olin, Scaife, Coors, and of course the Kochs. The same bunch of rich fools who crash the economy, bring us wars, and get richer from it all, and who'll all be happy to lie, cheat, and steal for it.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/31/14 - 10:02 am
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I find it rather ironic that

I find it rather ironic that Bod does nothing but gripe about how other people gripe? It's almost like how O'Reiley talks every day about how he's not going to talk about the Malaysian airliner.....and neither one can see their own hypocrisy. And once again, he/she can't refute a single thing that was posted, so he simply resorts to attacking the source.....as always. It's comical to think that this person is actually serious when he/she posts.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/31/14 - 10:11 am
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Quick math lesson for Bod.

Quick math lesson for Bod. $70,000,000 per person for a trip to the space station (which is not the only thing we do in space by the way) multiplied by the 7 astronauts that the shuttle could carry equals $490,000,000. Now...add in what it will cost to have someone else repair satellites, telescopes etc, and the shuttle is looking more like a bargain. We won't even get into the amount of cargo capacity we have lost on manned launches. If you are happy with thumbing a ride....providing that Russia will even let us anymore...given the great reset with them that the current administration has provided, then I guess it's a good deal. Not being a liberal, I'm not real happy with having to rely on the help of others. I prefer self sufficiency.

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KSL 03/31/14 - 10:25 am
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Bod

I suppose there are no lefty sites. All that you support and believe are not partisan at all and never misrepresent anything.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/31/14 - 10:30 am
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Bod...."and who'll all be

Bod...."and who'll all be happy to lie, cheat, and steal for it."

Oh, I thought Bod was talking about the Democrats and Obamacare.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 03/31/14 - 11:23 am
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The revisionist are at it
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The revisionist are at it again.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 03/31/14 - 11:33 am
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So the old white South
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So the old white South African Government was really left leaning, oh that's different I bet Jessie Helms and Ronald Reagan are rolling in there graves.

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edcushman 03/31/14 - 12:08 pm
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"I prefer self
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"I prefer self sufficiency."
PL, you must not be liberal

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t3bledsoe 03/31/14 - 12:49 pm
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PL @ 10:02

"It's almost like how O'Reiley talks every day about how he's not going to talk about the Malaysian airliner"

I know this wasn't the point you were trying to make, BUT, I know it sounds harsh, I truly believe that enough time, resouces, and money have been spent on this"finding a needle in a hey stack"! EVERYONE should just accept THE FACT that something went terribaly wrong and the airliner is lost forever just like SOOOO many vessiles have been lost in THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 03/31/14 - 01:00 pm
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edcushman @ 12:08

"PL, you must not be liberal"

DON'T you know that"liberal" is like a "FOUR LETTER WORD" to PL??!!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/31/14 - 01:21 pm
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Bod Obama has been caught red

Bod Obama has been caught red handed in a big fat so why rag on just conservatives and be fair and bludgeon all the progressive abusers too. There is no point to your post being purely one sided. I agree there are many conservatives and progressives who belong in prison. I think if you believe Bush is a criminal who needs to be held accountable then you have to further agree and admit Obama does too.

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Jon Lester 03/31/14 - 01:24 pm
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Russia is not totalitarian.

If you were a real journalist, you'd know that.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/31/14 - 01:57 pm
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Jon Lester are you saying

Jon Lester are you saying there have been no totalitarian regimes in the former USSR? That would be incorrect.

localguy55
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localguy55 03/31/14 - 02:34 pm
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Jon Lester

Travel to Moscow and make a picket sign criticizing Vladimir Putin while standing outside the Kremlin.

See how that works out for you. I am pretty certain you will learn the meaning of totalitarian regime, in short order.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/31/14 - 03:07 pm
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Jon Lester. Ask the band

Jon Lester. Ask the band Pussy_Riot if they have freedom of expression. I'll call the prison and get their visiting hours for you.

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