2014-03-24

Get Rid of ICANN, Keep US Oversight Over the Internet!

"Whatever you think our country has done wrong, the United States has been by far the country most committed to keeping the Internet free and open and uninterrupted," Clinton said at Arizona State University. (source infra)

On this one I am with Bill (also see what Jimmy Wales said below). For those of you at ICANN49 or going to NETmundial next month, how about we keep US oversight over the internet, and get rid of ICANN?

Bill Clinton defends American control of Internet domain name system | WashingtonExaminer.com: ".... The former president expressed concern over the United States' recent announcement that the Internet domain system, currently controlled an agency of the Department of Commerce, will soon be ceded to an international agency that will be assembled after negotiations. Added Clinton, "We've kept the Internet free and open, and that's a great tribute to the United States." Wales, who said denying access to the information of the Internet was akin to a human rights violation, said he frequently tries to explain to citizens overseas why American control of the system was not a bad thing. "There is the First Amendment in the U.S., and a culture of free expression," he said...." (read more at link above)


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