Internet in whose hands now?


So it has come to this: US cuts cord on internet oversight.

The US government on Saturday ended its formal oversight role over the internet, handing over management of the online address system to a global non-profit entity.

The US Commerce Department announced that its contract had expired with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the internet’s so-called “root zone.”

That leaves ICANN as a self-regulating organization that will be operated by the internet’s “stakeholders” — engineers, academics, businesses, non-government and government groups.

The move is part of a decades-old plan by the US to “privatize” the internet, and backers have said it would help maintain its integrity around the world.

The last bit is truly a marvel. The things that some people believe!

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27 Responses to Internet in whose hands now?

  1. rickw says:

    The move is part of a decades-old plan by the US to “privatize” the internet, and backers have said it would help maintain its integrity around the world.

    The USA giving up the Internet is the crowning turd on BHO’s pile of shit legacy.

    The technocrats might argue that it is “technically impossible” to take control of the Internet, I am sure this is true, however what I am also sure that it is technically possible to significantly modify and curtail what the average user can access and find, without them even knowing it.

    This is the real issue, asking the average user to use TOR, start using a VPN and the myriad of other “freedom tools” that this change will necessarily spawn is not reasonable.

  2. C.L. says:

    Brilliant cartoon.
    Tell me, what would Obama have done differently if he was an actual Manchurian Candidate?

  3. incoherent rambler says:

    what rickw said.

  4. Annie A says:

    Will this be a problem? And can we get around it?

  5. John Comnenus says:

    All the idiots who run big business think that sucking up to Russia, China and Saudi will make them more money. They all rely on the Internet for commerce. How are they going to go when their internet is not secure, customer data is taken and people with the wrong views are hounded world wide. With US control of the Internet we all enjoyed a second amendment. Those days have gone thanks to Obama and his fucking big business cronies. The world just got a whole lot more dangerous and commerce got more risky. We will all pay one way or another as the hyper rich retreat to their secure compounds and exclusive resorts.

  6. miltonf says:

    This looks interesting…

  7. Dianeh says:

    In the immortal words of Han Solo

    “I have a bad feeling about this”

  8. Mayan says:

    The need for an alternative to the current DNS has been obvious for a long time now. The US government is far from innocent, and has seized quite a few domain names when it has found it convenient.

  9. John Comnenus says:

    Should have been first amendment

  10. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B. says:

    Another nail in the coffin of Western Civilisation.

  11. Aristide says:

    Strange – I thought Cats were all for privatization…..

  12. gabrianga says:

    At last. Obama’s Legacy !

  13. old bloke says:

    I wonder if US websites will now be forced to add a “.US” to their website addresses. Presently, US websites end with a .com, .edu, etc., i.e., no need for a country qualifier because the Internet originally was an American concept. Similarly, U.K. postage stamps don’t mention “U.K.” as the postage system started there.

    This could be a temporary boon to the US printing industry as all letterheads, business cards, etc. will need to be reprinted with the new web address.

  14. Oh come on says:

    Piss off, Aristide. You’re a rubbish troll.

  15. MsDolittle says:

    Strange – I thought Cats were all for privatization…..

    Indeed. The sooner the better.

  16. Herodotus says:

    Handing something to the UN is not privatisation. Doofus.

  17. Driftforge says:

    Is the UN a worse option than the USG? Possibly, but its not exactly a lay down misere.

  18. Shy Ted says:

    Not gonna happen. Ebay, Amazon et al who rely on the net for 100% of their business will always be ahead of the regulators. Blogs will follow.

  19. stackja says:

    BO can do no wrong. Of course we can trust them. What could go wrong. Integrity will be no worry.
    Is a sarcasm tag really needed?

  20. James Gibson says:

    I love Ben Garrison’s comics.

  21. Teuthras says:

    Here is a comment on the subject by Karl Denninger
    This link will go blank after a few weeks.


  22. Entropy says:

    Are government’s involved in ICANN? If so it would be a travesty. If not I am not sure it’s the end of the world.

  23. Dr Fred Lenin says:

    Part of the globalist u,n, communist ten year plan ,fulfilled by comrade obummer ,as instructed .as well as his “nobble ” prize he gets the Order of Soros first class .socialist Fascism marches on to its great victory after clinton wins . One of the u.n.communist commisariats is urging US citizens overseas to vote against Trump /! The alliance between the u.n.communists and the left is out in the open ,and after the islamofascist allies help the intellectual elitists into supreme power ,the ignorant illiterate muslims will bow down to the superior intellects of the comrades .That seems to be the plan good luck ith that comrades the MadMussies are not that stupid try and keep your heads

  24. Is a sarcasm tag really needed?

    Stackja, when was the last time you saw one used here? We trade on our reputations, so sarcasm is instantly known.

    Oh, and yes, Fred. The brilliant idiots think what happened to Gaddafi could never happen to them. Good luck people helping you of their own goodness.

  25. Tim Newman says:

    That explains why I’ve received an email from my hosting company saying they are coming under pressure to publish the home address of all domain name owners. So far they’ve been able to maintain my anonymity under the Whois system, but for how long? Give it five years and owning a domain will entail giving all your personal information to the government.

  26. sabrina says:

    Go to China, and see who controls internet in Chinese space.

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