8/17/16

Bypassing Congress, U.S. To Give Control Of Internet To 'Private' Global Body On October 1, 2016 - Six Weeks

America to hand off Internet in under two months

[excerpted] The Department of Commerce is set to hand off the final vestiges of American control over the Internet to international authorities in less than two months, officials have confirmed.

The department will finalize the transition effective Oct. 1, Assistant Secretary Lawrence Strickling wrote on Tuesday, barring what he called "any significant impediment."

The move means the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, which is responsible for interpreting numerical addresses on the Web to a readable language, will move from U.S. control to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a multistakeholder body based in Los Angeles that includes countries such as China and Russia.

"The proposal will significantly increase the power of foreign governments over the Internet, expand ICANN's historical core mission by creating a gateway to content regulation, and embolden [its] leadership to act without any real accountability, Cruz wrote in a letter sent to Commerce...

Opponents similarly made the case...that the feds are constitutionally prohibited from transferring federal property without approval from Congress. A coalition of 25 advocacy groups...sent a letter to Congress making those points last week. A fourth, Americans for Limited Government, joined that letter and issued a separate statement calling for Congress to sue in the event the transfer moves forward.

While those issues could, in theory, lead to a legal challenge being filed in the days following the transfer, the administration has expressed a desire to finish it before the president leaves office, a position that Strickling reiterated.

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One and a half months away...the "U.S. government" intends to transfer internet control to an unknown unaccountable global body...and without any congressional action. Before O-bama heads out...is the plan. Another name for unknown unaccountable global body, much more accurate actually, is 'privatized'. Privatized things benefit only the privatee's.

This obviously is a huge deal, also obviously not in a good way for all-things free-speech and open-information-channel related. Heavily censored controlled information only...looks to be the clear winner here. As reported in the above article a number of groups are looking for a way to mount a legal challenge...

stay tuned...only six weeks away - October 1 2016 the target date. fyi


Rev. 18:4

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