President Obama is aiming to hand over control of crucial components of the Internet’s architecture such as ICANN to a global “multi-stakeholder” outfit. Eventually, the goal is to hand it over to a UN body or UN-linked organization such as the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) where communist and Islamist dictatorships will hold sway.
One of the biggest concerns is the prospect of censorship – and as if to confirm that those fears are justified, ITU boss Houlin Zhao, a Communist Chinese agent, basically argued that censorship is in the eye of the beholder and that “we have not got a common definition.” Another concern regarding losing Internet control is anonymity. There has been talk in the past, including efforts by Obama, to force citizens to use an “Internet ID.” Another concern is global taxation of the Internet. If Americans lose control over the Internet, a stepped up global war on Internet freedom is inevitable.
Keys to the Cyber Kingdom: Who Are the ICANN Keyholders?
One of the keyholders is “Russian security expert” Dmitry Burkov, who “has flown in from Moscow for the ceremony.” Burkov goes back to the days of the Brezhnev era of the Soviet Union and worked in the Soviet Academy of Sciences under Soviet dictator (and KGB boss) Yuri Andropov. It was pretty much a certainty back then that scientists who rose through the ranks in the Soviet Academy were not only Communist Party members, but also KGB-controlled assets.
Obama-UN Internet Surrender: It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over
At the center of the controversy is the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which is incorporated as a “California nonprofit public-benefit corporation” (its bylaws can be accessed here). An ICANN subsidiary, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) oversees global Internet addressing function through its domain name system (DNS). Until October 1, ICANN operated pursuant to a contract administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which is part of the U.S. Commerce Department. ICANN, therefore, was answerable, in some measure, to Congress and the American people.