Congress Has Three Days to Stop Obama’s Internet Surrender

view arial, thumb sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>By JOEL B. POLLAK

prescription arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>There are only three days left until President Barack Obama gives up the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to the international community, ending online freedom of expression and enterprise as we know it.

It is just the latest in a series of steps that Obama has taken to undermine American power, regardless of the consequences. And just like the failed Russian “reset,” the Libya war, the Iraq pullout and the Iran deal, it is doomed to failure, and irreversible.

At the New York Times, Danielle Kehl of New America’s Open Technology Instituteattempts to make the best case for the handover. She argues that the U.S. always intended to give up control of ICANN, that ICANN works well enough to be given up, and that the new multi-stakeholder model is preferable to one in which governments exert direct control of ICANN.

All of these arguments fall apart rather easily. The U.S. may have intended to give up ICANN when it was created, but it has become a strategic asset, and the U.S. will not break any legal or binding commitment by holding onto it. ICANN does not work well enough to be trusted. Earlier this month, the Free Beacon cited congressional testimony in reporting that ICANN has “has provided official accreditation to people who have transferred technology to Iran, worked with North Korea, and ordered “murders-for-hire.” Clearly more needs to be done to strengthen accountability and transparency before any change.

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