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« on: September 29, 2016, 02:25:24 pm »

Is Obama About To Cede Control of the Internet to Foreign Governments? Here's Everything You Need To Know

http://www.dailywire.com/news/8483/obama-about-take-over-internet-heres-everything-aaron-bandler#

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President Barack Obama's Commerce Department has agreed to shift the country's Internet domain system over to a nonprofit organization called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) starting October 1. Defenders of the move argue that it's a necessary symbolic move, while others argue (correctly) that it would give control to foreign governments like Russia and China which frown upon free speech. Here's everything you need to know about it.

What exactly is ICANN? According to The Atlantic and The Washington Examiner, ICANN is a "multistakeholder" organization featuring countries like China and Russia. ICANN "helps assign domain names and top-level domains"?such as ".com" and ".org"?and is working toward adding even more domain names. Up until October 1, the U.S. had control over ICANN to ensure that the organization would not fall under international control and allow authoritarian regimes to engage in censorship. That all changes when the U.S. government's contract with ICANN expires.

The lobbying for the end of U.S. control of the Internet intensified due to Edward Snowden. After Snowden's leaks of the National Security Agency's government surveillance emerged, ICANN and other foreign governments used the U.S.'s use of surveillance in other countries as reason to end U.S. control of Internet governance.

Net neutrality regulations also paved the way for the ceding of U.S. Internet control. As Arnold Ahlert explains in FrontPageMag, one of the main reasons the U.S. has argued to keep the Internet out of the hands of the United Nations's International Telecommunications Unit (ITU) is that the Internet does not classify as a "telecommunication service" and is therefore not in the ITU's purview. However, the net neutrality regulations specifically designate the Internet as a telecommunication service, hamstringing the country in arguing for the Internet to remain out of the ITU's control.
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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2016, 02:26:49 pm »

Meet the New Authoritarian Masters of the Internet

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/09/29/meet-new-authoritarian-masters-internet/

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President Barack Obama?s drive to hand off control of Internet domains to a foreign multi-national operation will give some very unpleasant regimes equal say over the future of online speech and commerce.

In fact, they are likely to have much more influence than America, because they will collectively push hard for a more tightly controlled Internet, and they are known for aggressively using political and economic pressure to get what they want.

Here?s a look at some of the regimes that will begin shaping the future of the Internet in just a few days, if President Obama gets his way.

China

China wrote the book on authoritarian control of online speech. The legendary ?Great Firewall of China? prevents citizens of the communist state from accessing global content the Politburo disapproves of. Chinese technology companies are required by law to provide the regime with backdoor access to just about everything.

The Chinese government outright banned online news reporting in July, granting the government even tighter control over the spread of information. Websites are only permitted to post news from official government sources
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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2016, 11:28:04 pm »

The T-baller President is fully capable of doing resoundingly dumb things before he leaves.  After spending eight years in office, I am afraid to say, he remains a t-baller level player.  He just is not good enough to be moved into the Little League.
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