Rep. Greg Walden: Keeping the Internet free

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U.S. Rep. Greg Walden

Have you heard that the Administration has proposed transferring control over internet domain names from the United States to another entity? I join those who are concerned about any change that could leave the internet vulnerable to power grabs from international governments.

That’s why I led a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology—which I chair—about this proposal.  Click here to watch coverage of this hearing from Fox News .

We cannot allow institutions such as the United Nations or the International Telecommunication Union to insert themselves into the functioning of the internet. Make no mistake: threats to the openness and freedom of the Internet are real. Some authoritarian leaders like Vladimir Putin have explicitly announced their desire to gain control of the Internet. We must not allow that to happen.

This week, the Communications and Technology subcommittee will vote on the DOTCOM Act, which would direct the Government Accountability Office to conduct a thorough, independent analysis of the proposed changes and report back to Congress before the Administration can take action.  Click here to watch my video announcing the vote.

I hope that our proposal will win strong support from both sides of the aisle. Last year, the U.S. House unanimously passed H.R. 1580, the bill I wrote to preserve internet freedom. The Senate should take up and pass this important measure as quickly as possible to make clear to foreign governments that the United States stands strong for an internet free from government interference.

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  • Jack Lord God

    This is a really serious issue and it is a little bit silly to hear those insisting that it does not relinquish control of the internet.

    The subject at hand is ICANN. What does ICANN do? Well one of the big things it does is assign a domain name. If you want to start up http://www.itsallbushesfault.com at some point along your paying GoDaddy, ICANN is contacted and your domain is registered with anyone searching for your domain being directed to the IP address affiliated with your registration.

    What would the UN do with this if they had control? Well, how about they decide evil capitalist corporations should pay a tax? Boom, GoDaddy jacks its fees because now the registration with ICANN just went up $10,000 in order to pay for the jet set crew sitting at the UN.

    Don’t think a countries could force internet censorship? Please, let’s grow up a little. Take one example – the UN is a notoriously antisemitic organization. You don’t think there might be some “additional scrutiny” given to pro Israel sites by the Lois Lerner division of the new UN ICANN?

    This is a solution in search of a problem, and given this administrations record on solving any actual problems, let alone ones that aren’t there, we should be wary. The White House has an absolutely 100% record of being wrong on foreign policy issues and we need to start looking at their suggestions in that light. If Obama thinks its a good idea, given that he has been absolutely wrong every time, we should do the exact opposite.

  • Eric Blair

    Here’s a different, less hysterical, view on the NTIA-ICANN issue.

    Business Insider

    • Jack Lord God

      Given this administrations record on anything even remotely concerned with foreign policy, as this issue is, to classify concern over the matter as hysterical is really a little silly.

      • Eric Blair

        Not quite as silly as your hysterics and hyperbole.

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          EB, you’re an uff da: Now go sit under the David Appell tree and parlay with he.

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