Obama to give ICANN control over freedom of speech online

Obama to give ICANN control over freedom of speech online

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WASHINGTON, March 16, 2015 –  The Internet is the one domain where freedom of speech truly exists. It is this generation’s equivalent of the printing press. 

giving-your-fos-awayThe Obama administration has quietly announced plans to cede control of the Internet to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), an international body and non-profit group based out of California,  that seeks larger control, over the Internet.

ICANN’s primary role is over the registration of domain names. The ability to allow or delete a domain name effectively allows ICANN to choose who can, and cannot, maintain an Internet site — who can, and cannot, publish content online.

This change allows the contract between the Commerce Department and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to expire.

“We look forward to ICANN convening stakeholders across the global Internet community to craft an appropriate transition plan,” Lawrence E. Strickling, assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information, said in a statement.

Newt Gingrich has tweeted about this announcement:

The power grab by ICNN and international groups is not new.  This video is dated October 2013:

Now the Obama administration proposes allowing the contract that exists between ICANN and the Department of Commerce to lapse. The assistant secretary for commerce for communications and information released a statement saying, “We look forward to ICANN convening stakeholders across the global Internet community to craft an appropriate transition plan.”

What is ICANN, who are the “stakeholders,” and what is the plan?

International groups have been pressuring the United States for years to cede control of the Internet to an “International” body.  Everyone can understand why these groups want that.  It erodes American power and it degrades liberty online.

But what is in it for the United States?

The United States gains nothing from this. This does not advance American values. Putting the Internet under the control of nations and groups that do not share the traditional American values of free speech and freedom of expression is one of the fastest ways we can destroy the Internet, and American’s freedom of speech — the good, the bad and the ugly.

Sometimes the very ugly. While ICANN’s control over Freedom of Speech via domain control online could help to eliminate online pornography, it would be like shutting down Hollywood to kill the hard-core-film industry.

The Internet is the biggest threat to dictators and tyrants, those who would control the people they govern. And one thing we know about dictators is that they despise not only freedom and liberty, but also critics and criticism. 

On Monday, every American needs to be on the phone to their congressman and their senators and tell them do not allow the Obama administration to cede control of the Internet to an international body.

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Judson Phillips
Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet. A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says. Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC. “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based. Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville. Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’ I did.” The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown. It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed. Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker. He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should. He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.