15 April 2014

Obama, Internet Governance, Internet Freedom

What will globalization of management of the internet mean for internet freedom?

Will Obama Abandon Internet Freedom? - US News: " . . . the European Commission – the EU’s executive arm – is pushing for the adoption of what it calls “concrete and actionable steps” to make the essential functions of the Internet a matter of global business. It also wants the United States to establish “a clear timeline” to make the U.S.-based and U.S. chartered Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, a fully international body. Coupled with reports that ICANN wants to move part of its operations to Geneva, “embedding itself in Switzerland . . . . if the president [Obama] and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker are at the same time working out a scheme to give the Chinese government – which is not exactly a worldwide symbol of free thought and free association -- a commanding voice in how the Internet is managed, then what’s the point?” (read more at link above)

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