President Obama tried to hide the news of his abandonment of our control of the Internet by having an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Commerce issue a low-key press release in those late Friday afternoon hours where embarrassing news is often buried.
I hope we will soon have a President who is smart enough to follow Ronald Reagan’s example. We need a leader who will protect and defend America’s control of the Web, which is a prime example of America’s technological exceptionalism.
The U.S. created what is called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and has kept control over the technical procedures that allow computers around the world to connect to Web addresses. This ensures that the Internet runs efficiently without political pressure from any country. Now Obama wants to give ICANN away and even invite Communist China and Russia to help us police the Internet. That’s like telling the fox to guard the chicken coop, because those countries don’t believe in free speech and don’t even allow their own people to have free access to the Internet.
That could be the most dangerous use yet of Obama’s now-famous pen. Tell your U.S. Senator America must keep control of the Internet.
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