April 24, 2014

The U.S. government is preparing to transfer the oversight it has had over the Internet—oversight that has helped keep the Internet open and free. Heritage’s Amy Payne explains what’s going on:

If you’re following the debate, the acronym you need to know is ICANN. That stands for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a nonprofit that manages Internet domain names (website addresses). It has been under the supervision of the U.S. Department of Commerce, but now the Obama administration has begun the process of transferring ICANN into the international arena.

Some countries, like Russia and China, are eager for the United Nations to take over the oversight role. That’s because they favor censorship and other limitations on online speech and commerce.

Heritage legal expert Paul Rosenzweig said in testimony before a House committee last week that lawmakers should be cautious “lest the transition destroy the openness and freedom of the network.”

Watch this video from the Foundry for a primer on the topic:

Do you think the “international community” should play a role in overseeing the Internet?

Comments (27)

Terry Hunt - April 24, 2014

The internet was invented and built by Americans with money taken from American workers. The Internet is American and damn sure should not be transferred to any other “group” period.

Wallace - April 24, 2014

DO not give the UN anything to further screw up. they mess up enough.

Cliff - April 24, 2014

Freedom of Speech is greatly at risk. Which freedom are you willing to give up next? God bless America.

Tony Yung - April 24, 2014

Terry Hunt & Mr Wallace are 100% right. We(the USA) have done a fantastic job keeping the internet free and open to all .Lets not screw it up now

DennyNickell - April 24, 2014

The UN has no right to interfere with the United States in any way. In any Mater.

David Parker - April 24, 2014

The internet should stay under direction of the US, it was invented here,and has nothing to do with the UN .When will Obama cease to feel the need to kiss the UN’s butt.?!We are a sovergn nation and do not need to appease the UN!!!!!!!

Wayne L Boldt Jr - April 24, 2014

No and hell no. It isn’t broke, don’t them the opportunity to take our Freedom of Speech away.

Daniel Garrett - April 24, 2014

Actually we don’t want our own government messin’ with OUR internet, much , much less some other group of socialist sympathizers! We have got to FIGHT, tooth & nail, to keep OUR Internet OURS, whatever it takes. Are YOU with me People?

Billy Crace - April 24, 2014

When will we realize that Obama is absolutely an agent for the United Nations and an enemy of the United States and cannot be trusted? One day posterity will be amazed to see just how stupid and/or crooked this administration is, why we allowed them in office unchecked and why did our system of checks and balances did not work.

Naomi - April 24, 2014

We can be certain of joining the countries where freedom of information and freedom of speech are no longer available. We must stop this move by the Obama administration.

wanda hamilton - April 24, 2014

The United States essentially invented and developed
the internet and has done a good job of keeping it free and available to everyone. Let’s keep it that way.

Steve Surgeont - April 25, 2014

I am appalled that Obama wants to transfer the internet to the UN. Do Not relinquish control . I hate everything he does.

Heritage Member - April 25, 2014

Our Nation should never allow Future Commerce and Future Communication between Individuals being dictated by trans-national individuals. They might go to the extent of even demanding taxes for the privilege of Commerce and Communication.

To top it off if this happens by any chance our US constitution with its Bill of Rights will be out of reach of our court system to seek redress to our grievances.

Funny thing is ICANN is not even needed for Internet. There can be alternate models to be developed for registry creation and maintenance at the county or state level with just a simple software upgrade.

1. Acceptable is ICANN staying within the USA.
2. Better thing is mini-ICANNs privatized, run at the state or county level and so control any one can exercise is minimized to the county or state level.
3. Best thing is NO ICANNs and so no one can control the Internet.

All of the above are possible with just an upgrade to the protocol and software change.

Doug Weise - April 25, 2014

Why are some in our country seemingly so enthused about giving up American sovereignty? Build, then give away the Panama Canal. Design, develop…give away control of the Internet to an entity which has demonstrated time and again its ineptitude: the UN. Makes one wonder what’s on their agenda…

Roberta Buell - April 25, 2014

I don’t know of anything the U N has done efficiently. Don’t we have control since the internet was started in this country and it is not kept out of any other countries? The U N was started to help keep peace around the world. How successful has that been? They do not have the privileRge to take over any products from any country especially since it is available to anyone would wide.

Jim Gunn - April 25, 2014

This appears to me that this yet another sign that the global elites via the UN, are pushing ahead in their quest to obtain, manage one worldwide government. We need more politicians in DC that strongly support our Republic, our Constitution, our Sovereignty.

joe verdoorn - April 25, 2014

The US should never subordinate any overview responsibility to any foreign power especially the UN!!

Heritage Member - April 25, 2014

Our Nation should never allow Future Commerce and Future Communication between Individuals being dictated by trans-national entities. They might go to the extent of even demanding taxes for the privilege of Commerce and Communication.

To top it off if this happens by any chance our US constitution with its Bill of Rights will be out of reach of our court system to seek redress to our grievances.

Good thing to note is ICANN is not even needed for Internet. There can be alternate models to be developed for registry creation and maintenance at the county or state level with just a simple software upgrade.

1. Acceptable is ICANN staying within the USA.
2. Better thing is mini-ICANNs privatized, run at the state or county level and so control any one can exercise is minimized to the county or state level.
3. Best thing is NO ICANNs and so no one can control the Internet.

All of the above are possible with just an upgrade to the protocol and software change.

Dennis Ray Smith - April 25, 2014

It’s been said before, we need to get out of the UN!

Lula T Moehrbach - April 25, 2014

The US giving up control of the Internet would be one more step to the death of FREE SPEECH! Why on earth would this make any sense at all???????? It would only make sense to those who seek to control others!!!!!

We live in a great country that has invented many great things & made the world safer & better….we should all pray that the US maintains control of the Internet as we free Americans are accustom to.

Signed, Lu M

Don - April 25, 2014

No – everyone ha the option to not participate in the internet.

Donald R. beaver - April 25, 2014

NO! I do not trust the United Nations with anything and definitely not overseeing anything to do with the internet
any more than I trust our federal government with it.
Thank You.

Mary A Cole - April 26, 2014

I love using the Internet freely at any moment. There is no doubt that there would be less freedom for users of the Internet if the USA gives up its oversight of it. I have already expressed my opposition to this change to elected officials.

MARK JESSUP - April 26, 2014

There should absolutely be no international control of the internet. One has only to consider the actions of the UN over the last 20 years and also the member nations involved.

ALLEN L PHILLIPS - April 26, 2014

I complete agree with those that have reservations about turning the Internet over to U.N. control. I think the U.N. has a long term agenda of world control and this would be just another milestone toward that goal.

It’s working just fine the way it is. Leave it alone!

Holly Chapo - April 27, 2014

NO!! Control of the internet needs to remain right where it is – in the US.

Howard Burger - April 28, 2014

Do Not let the UN get their hands on any part of the Internet.

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