President Obama is looking to hand over a core strategic Internet asset of the U.S. to the international community without constitutionally mandated Congressional approval.
What is being referred to as the IANA transfer will surrender the domain name system (DNS) and root zone files to the organization ICANN and with it, America’s special role in promoting and protecting the greatest tool for individual freedom in human history would come to an end.
And he wants to do it without constitutionally required Congressional consent.
The problem with that? The IANA root zone file is U.S. Government property, as defined on pages 30 and 31 of the IANA/Department of Commerce contract. It is clearly stated that all deliverables are property of the US. That would include the most recently edited and released root zone file.
It would be an extreme abuse of executive authority to handover government property without the approval of the legislative branch.
Google, Facebook, and Twitter have agreed to delete hate speech deemed illegal in Germany within 24 hours, following pressure from German authorities who have become concerned about an increasing number of racially insensitive comments being posted on social media.
The companies committed to removing speech within 24 hours and turned over to German authorities to be examined by law enforcement. While the measures are disguised as an attempt to protect hurt feelings, they work to ultimately defeat free speech online.
The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The later amendments to the act did not provide for regulation of internet. Therefore, the FCC has no jurisdiction over what content an individual broadcasts over the Internet. This protection now is under attack by Democratic lawmakers who believe that the providers should be included in the FCC’s family of censored media. These bureaucrats believe FCC censorship efforts should extend to unlicensed media sources, such as cable, satellite, and Internet providers.
The Internet is one of the last sources of freedom and dynamism in the United States. Censorship not only puts innovation risk, it threatens the basic liberty of freedom of speech. It is evident that the FCC is seeking to smother free speech of those with little or no voice on the one medium where information flow is still treated equally. The internet was designed to be a place where people can share their ideas and there is NO room for censorship and discrimination when it comes to Internet access.
While online censorship was once thought to only be practiced by authoritarian regimes, it is becoming a common practice in the U.S. on university campuses, social media forums and even in the public comment sections on news websites. There is a movement to shut down and chill speech online that questions the dogma of the progressive left, academia and in some cases our own government.
The reality of it all is beginning to set in.
According to results of a national survey conducted by Morning Consult and PIF, one in 3 (34%) Americans say they have less freedom to speak their mind on the Internet today compared with a few years ago, and only one in 10 (12%) say they have more freedom to speak their mind.
The United Nations demands that governments pull licenses of telecoms and search engines that don’t supervise content.
In September 2015, the U.N. called on governments to use their “licensing prerogative” to ensure that “telecoms and search engines” are only “allowed to connect with the public” if they “supervise content and its dissemination.”
In other words, if search engines and ISPs don’t comply with a list of the UN’s censorship demands, the UN wants national governments to cut off their access to the public.
Their advisory for “supervised content” included censoring of “online harassment” that doesn’t simply consist of what is “legal and illegal,” but “also the day-to-day grind of ‘you’re a liar’ and ‘you suck.’
It would effectively remove freedom of speech from the Internet.