Who Will Take Over When US Relinquishes Control Of Internet?


In case you missed it, the United States is planning to relinquish its technical management of the internet. It was created here, has done wonders for the world, and now the Obama administration is just going to give it away. And guess who is chomping at the bit to take over! Russia, China and Iran.

The Internet was invented in the United States, and the country has always had a central role in its management. But as the Internet has grown, other countries have demanded a greater voice. Edward Snowden’s leaks about U.S. surveillance have only exacerbated that tension.

China, Russia, Iran, and dozens of other countries are already pushing for more control over the Internet through the International Telecommunications Union, a United Nations agency.

The transition to full ICANN control of the Internet’s address system won’t happen until October 2015, and even then, there likely won’t be any sudden changes. ICANN was already managing the system under a contract from the Commerce Department.

But having the ultimate authority over the domain name system was the most important leverage the United States had in debates over the operation of the Internet. It was a trump card the U.S. could play if it wanted to veto an ICANN decision or fend off an international attack on Internet freedom. (Read More)

The article goes on to note that the administration is “keenly aware” that authoritarian regimes might want to seize power over the internet and they have steps in place to prevent that from happening. But this is the same administration that said they were going to insure the uninsured, and we all know how that’s working out. They don’t exactly have a good track record when it comes to delivering on promises.

I still don’t get it. These people want to control everything, but this they’re giving away. They just get worse by the day.