US to Cede Its Control Over Internet
It will no longer have authority over domain names, Web addresses
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2014 10:06 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The end of an Internet era is near: The US plans to give up its control over the group that manages domain names and Web addresses, reports the Washington Post. The long-planned move means that the Commerce Department does not plan to renew its contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers when it expires in the fall of 2015, reports AP. That could change if the transition isn't ready. Generally speaking, the decision will please those who think the US has too much sway over the Internet, especially in the wake of the NSA spying revelations, though some US businesses will worry about stability, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Or worse, as seen in a tweet by Newt Gingrich: “What is the global internet community that Obama wants to turn the internet over to? This risks foreign dictatorships defining the internet.” At Gizmodo, Adam Clark Estes says not to worry. "Netflix isn't going to suddenly shut down this weekend, and you can still register new domains to your heart's content," he writes. "What happens now is leaders from around the world will start the conversation and come up with some sort of compromise." It won't be the UN that takes over, but a new international group could be created for the job, he adds.

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InsomniacRyan
Mar 17, 2014 11:49 PM CDT
Well, the US has now gutted Net Neutrality, so it's not like we are doing a great job protecting the Internet ourselves. Not saying that this will be an improvement, but it will at least decentralize control, which isn't an inherently bad thing.
iq145
Mar 16, 2014 1:25 PM CDT
Or worse, as seen in a tweet by Newt Gingrich: "What is the global internet community that Obama wants to turn the internet over to? This risks foreign dictatorships defining the internet."
A_priori_integritate
Mar 16, 2014 3:43 AM CDT
If free speech, humanities, and science are to flourish then these admin functions should be overseen by stakeholders that are more diverse and democratic than the U.S. Commerce Dept (however beneficial and unintrusive this particular agency might be).