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America to hand off Internet in under two months

August 16, 2016

Rudy Takala



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"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.
Critics of the move, most prominently Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, have pointed out the agency could be used by totalitarian governments to shut down the Web around the globe, either in whole or in part.
"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 and signed by two fellow Republicans, Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah.
In the event any facilities are relocated to China, senators noted, they could go in the same building as the agency responsible for censoring that country's Internet. "We have uncovered that ICANN's Beijing office is actually located within the same building as the Cyberspace Administration of China, which is the central agency within the Chinese government's censorship regime," they wrote, noting that some of the American companies involved with the transition process have already "shown a willingness to acquiesce" to Chinese demands to aid with censorship."
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So ya, simply saying that the control bar and limit if social moral and commentary standards are going to be with a regime that kills monks and destroys entire cities because they are spiritual people...my only words to this are- you can put that where the Sun don't shine! :angry2:

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quoting from Foop's 3rd link


"ICANN, working with the multistakeholder community, confirms that all required IANA functions stewardship transition tasks specified in NTIA's June 9, 2016 letter are complete, and all other tasks in support of the IANA stewardship transition are either in a final review stage or awaiting approval, which will be complete in advance of September 30, 2016 to allow the IANA functions contract to expire.

Review the IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal Implementation Planning Status Report for more information: https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/iana-stewardship-implementation-planning-status-12aug16-en.pdf[PDF, 932 KB]"  
The phrases   multistakeholder community and IANA stewardship transition  and IANA functions contract to expire........sure sounds like they are giving it up?
Should U.S. keep control of group that handles internet domain names?
Sept. 14, 2016
During an often-contentious hearing Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, took on the Obama administration for what has become his latest signature issue: internet oversight.
The Obama administration is due to relinquish U.S. control Oct. 1 over a private-sector, nonprofit organization that administers internet domain names and designations. Cruz warned that the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers will not on its own honor U.S. protections of free speech, and he is leading an effort to delay or stop the transfer.
“Under the guardianship of the United States and the First Amendment the internet has become truly an oasis of freedom, but that could soon change,” Cruz said at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, which he chairs.
“It is not a democratic body,” Cruz said of the organization, which includes such internet stakeholders as Google and Facebook and is based in Los Angeles. And he warned that authoritarian countries such as China, Russia and Iran could exert control over the organization and censor internet use in their countries.
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Who oversees the internet? Will Congress delay Oct. 1 transfer?

Sept. 22, 2016

Maria Recio




Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has been darkly warning about giving up U.S. oversight of internet names as of Oct. 1 – and he has been getting growing support for congressional action, even from Donald Trump.
But on Thursday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., laid out a “clean CR,” a blueprint for a continuing resolution to fund the government from Oct. 1 through Dec. 9. It does not include a provision to delay the transfer.
“There have been broad requests for a clean continuing resolution,” said McConnell on the Senate floor. “So that’s what I’ve just offered. It’s the result of many, many hours of bipartisan work across the aisle.”
“It’s a fair proposal that funds all current government operations through Dec. 9,” he said, with additional funding for veterans and to fight the Zika virus by developing a vaccine and supporting mosquito control.
The Obama administration has set Oct. 1 for the transfer of U.S. control of the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, a private-sector, nonprofit group based in Los Angeles that administers internet domain names and designations.
To the federal government, it is a bookkeeping move that privatizes what the administration considers a technical organization. To Cruz and other critics it is ceding control of free speech to authoritarian countries like China, Russia and Iran who can censor the internet.
Sen. Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, had told Texas reporters Wednesday, “My hope is that the CR will include a delay of a transfer to the private sector.”
“We need some reassurance that we’re not going to do anything that’s going to cost a lot of harm,” said Cornyn, who supports a delay of the transfer from the U.S.
GOP nominee Trump’s campaign issued a statement Wednesday, as well, opposing the transfer."
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Leaked Soros Document Calls For Regulating Internet To Favor 'Open Society' Supporters

Tyler Durden

August 29, 2016



"Very soon, on October 1, 2016, much of the internet's governance will shift from the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) authority to a nonprofit multi-stakeholder entity, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, also known by its acronym ICANN. As The Gatestone Institute's Judith Bergmann explains,


Until now, NTIA has been responsible for key internet domain name functions, such as the coordination of the DNS (Domain Name System) root, IP addresses, and other internet protocol resources. But in March 2014, the U.S. announced its plan to let its contract with ICANN to operate key domain name functions expire in September 2015, passing the oversight of the agency to a global governance model. The expiration was subsequently delayed until October 1, 2016.
According to the NTIA's press release at the time, "NTIA's responsibility includes the procedural role of administering changes to the authoritative root zone file – the database containing the lists of names and addresses of all top-level domains – as well as serving as the historic steward of the DNS. NTIA currently contracts with ICANN to carry out the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions and has a Cooperative Agreement with Verisign under which it performs related root zone management functions. Transitioning NTIA out of its role marks the final phase of the privatization of the DNS as outlined by the U.S. Government in 1997".
According to the NTIA, from the inception of ICANN, the U.S. government and internet stakeholders envisioned that the U.S. role in the IANA functions would be temporary. The Commerce Department's June 10, 1998 Statement of Policy stated that the U.S. government "is committed to a transition that will allow the private sector to take leadership for DNS management." The official reason, therefore, is that: "ICANN as an organization has matured and taken steps in recent years to improve its accountability and transparency and its technical competence. At the same time, international support continues to grow for the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance as evidenced by the continued success of the Internet Governance Forum and the resilient stewardship of the various Internet institutions".

The Obama Administration says that the transition will have no practical effects on the internet's functioning or its users, and even considers the move necessary in order to maintain international support for the internet and to prevent a fracturing of its governance.


Oh really?


Civil society groups and activists are calling on Congress to sue the Obama Administration -- perhaps at least to postpone the date until more Americans are aware of the plan.

However, never one to miss an opportunity, The Daily Caller's Peter Hasson reports that:

An internal proposed strategy from George Soros' Open Society Justice Initiative calls for international regulation of private actors’ decisions on “what information is taken off the Internet and what may remain.”
Those regulations, the document notes, should favor “those most supportive of open society.”
The Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) is part of the Open Society Foundations, Soros’s secretive network of political organizations. According to the organization’s website, “The Open Society Justice Initiative uses law to protect and empower people around the world, supporting the values and work of the Open Society Foundations.”
The call for international control of the internet is part of a 34-page document titled “2014 Proposed strategy” that lays out OSJI’s goals for between 2014 and 2017.
The leaked document was one of 2,500 documents released by “hacktivist” group DCLeaks. As reported by The Daily Caller, the section of DCLeaks’ website dealing with Soros has since gone offline for unknown reasons. TheDC saved a version of the 2014 strategy before the site went offline.
In the document, OSJI argues that international regulation of the Internet is needed to protect freedom of expression.
“Our freedom of expression work furthers the free exchange of information and ideas via the media and internet, and proposes to begin to address the free expression and association rights of NGOs. The internet has been a key tool for promoting freedom of expression and open societies — as in the Arab Spring — and is a potential safeguard against monopoly control of information in such places as China and Central Asia,” page 19 of the document notes.
“But it is also presenting underaddressed challenges, including lack of regulation of private operators that are able to decide, without due process procedures, what information is taken off the Internet and what may remain. A ‘race to the bottom’ results from the agendas of undemocratic governments that seek to impose their hostility to free speech on the general online environment. We seek to ensure that, from among the norms emerging in different parts of the world, those most supportive of open society gain sway.”
Open Society Justice Initiative Proposed 2014 Strategy Source: DCLeaks
Open Society Justice Initiative Proposed 2014 Strategy/DCLeaks
One of the “Program concepts and initiatives” listed in the document is to “Promote — by advocating for the adoption of nuanced legal norms, and litigation — an appropriate balance between privacy and free expression/transparency values in areas of particular interest to OSF and the Justice Initiative, including online public interest speech, access to ethnic data, public health statistics, corporate beneficial ownership, asset declarations of public officials, and rights of NGOs to keep information private.”
Another initiative is to “Establish states’ responsibility to collect data necessary to reveal patterns of inequality, and define modes of collection that are effective and protect privacy.”
Throughout the document, OSJI’s position appears to be that private actors on the internet must be brought under international control in order to prevent them from suppressing each other’s freedom of expression and speech.
One of the organization’s goals is to “Establish soft law and judicial precedents safeguarding online free expression, including adequate protection against blocking of online content, intermediary liability, user standing, and related issues.”
“One weakness of current efforts to promote online free expression has been the relatively sparse and uneven use of the international human rights law framework, including protections for free speech. This may be due to the paucity of coordinated efforts to generate hard law, and some soft law, in this area, both domestically and internationally,” the document states later, before noting the opportunity for the organization to influence “international free speech law in the online environment.”
“One reason for this failure may be that the leading digital rights groups/movements have developed separately and at a certain distance from the traditional free speech groups (though this is beginning to change). The Justice Initiative, working with other OSF programs that fund leading players in both sub-fields, is well placed to help bridge that gap and promote the use and development of international free speech law in the online environment.”
The U.S. is set to cede control of the internet, stoking fears that the internet could eventually be subject to the United Nations instead.



OSF previously called DCLeaks’s release of the documents “a symptom of an aggressive assault on civil society and human rights activists that is taking place globally.”




Well, I guess we are at the point of no return, wishing us luck....."Change we can believe in!"

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Is Obama About To Give Control of The Internet To Globalists? (VIDEO)


Sept. 30, 2016


United States control over the internet is about to lost forever. Obama is unilaterally relinquishing control to a globalist network, and it can’t be undone.


What Obama's internet 'giveaway' is really about



"MORGAN WRIGHT: Think of it as the U.N. for the internet. That’s how it’s gonna be. They already have 111 member countries. A lot of those already U.N member nations. The U.S. being one of those countries. It gets back to the real question. We’ve seen how effectively the U.N Works. Will this be effective in terms of how it manages going into the future. Will we be able to protect our interests?"


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Obama Is About To Give Away The Internet To Globalists (VIDEO)
United States control over the internet is about to lost forever. Obama is unilaterally relinquishing control to a globalist network, and it can’t be undone.
MORGAN WRIGHT: Think of it as the U.N. for the internet. That’s how it’s gonna be. They already have 111 member countries. A lot of those already U.N member nations. The U.S. being one of those countries. It gets back to the real question. We’ve seen how effectively the U.N Works. Will this be effective in terms of how it manages going into the future. Will we be able to protect our interests?
WND gives a great outline of what it means to relinquish our control over an internet the U.S. created.
The transfer of oversight to an obscure non-profit called the Internet Association for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN, set for Saturday, “could be the most dangerous use yet of Obama’s now-famous pen,” the conservative icon said at the time.
In a last minute, Hail Mary, a law suit has been filed to stop it, by four states.
On Thursday, after months of Congress has failing to halt Obama’s move, four states took action on their own.
The lawsuit by Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma and Nevada against the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Department of Commerce and others seeks a halt to the plan.
Filed in U.S. District Court in Galveston, Texas, the lawsuit argues the U.S. funded the foundations of the Internet and for decades has been managing it appropriately, including through contracts such as the NTIA’s agreement with ICANN to perform Internet Assigned Numbers Authority functions.
This goes way beyond over reach of Obama’s pen and phone. And one should ask the question: Where have the Republicans been during all this? We are down to hours before it falls into world, globalist hands and NOTHING has been done to stop it until now."
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I haven't heard anything about what happened with the lawsuits- guess it's gone- reading some comments that it belonged to the world, not the US- but you know, it was our freedoms of speech in the US that kept it free.

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