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September 8, 2016

September 8, 2016 | News Releases on

Keep the Goalkeeper in Place; Extend US Control of the Internet

Today U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) delivered a floor speech warning of the dangers of not extending the current contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which expires at the end of this month. Next week, the Senate Judiciary oversight subcommittee he chairs will hold a hearing on the plan.
“If the Transition happens as planned by the Administration, governments will have new powers inside of ICANN,” said Heritage expert Brett Schaefer. “While this expanded authority is not to the level sought by authoritarian governments and would not establish government ‘control’ over ICANN, it is unclear how the more powerful role of governments will affect ICANN.”
“There are a number of other concerns as well, including the fact that important transparency and accountability measures will not be completed until next summer and we don’t know if the multi-stakeholder community is capable of governing ICANN and assuming the U.S. oversight role. This last point is important because, as illustrated in a recent independent review of an ICANN decision, ICANN has a history of ignoring its current bylaws and procedures. Once it is autonomous, we could be dealing with another FIFA, but involving the Internet rather than soccer.”
Read more information about why the current contract needs to be extended.

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