US Government Says No Single Entity Or Nation Will Control The Internet

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The U.S. reiterated its stance in favor of a multistakeholder model for Internet governance today. Speaking before the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said that the United States will “not allow the global Internet to be co-opted by any person, entity, or nation seeking to substitute their parochial worldview for the collective wisdom of this community.” At a minimum, the United States appears cognizant of the risks at hand. Earlier this year, the United States’ National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) decided to “transition” parts of managing the Internet to the “global multistakeholder community.” The decision has not been without detractors. Could the change lead to an Internet takeover by an authoritarian government, or perhaps a stultified bureaucratic entity that bends to the will of incumbent powers? Pritzker’s firm language was supplemented by the following section of her remarks, which stated, flatly, that the United States will not allow any single nation to control the Internet: “Next week, at the International Telecommunication Union Conference in Korea, we will see proposals to put governments in charge of Internet governance. You can rest assured that the United States will oppose these efforts at every turn.” More via TechCrunch.

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