By Lisa Haven
The United States has had the official control over the Internet since its development, but that is about to change. The Obama administration is now backing a plan that would relinquish the last portion of control over the internet to “multi-stakeholder” groups. The plan would allow over 160 foreign governments to have increased influence over the management and operation of the internet.
Many in Congress are inquiring why Obama would do such a thing and no answers are being given. Senator Ted Cruz, had this to say about the plan, “The Obama administration is months away from deciding whether the United States government will continue to provide oversight over core functions of the Internet and protect it from authoritarian regimes that view the Internet as a way to increase their influence and suppress freedom of speech….This issue threatens not only our personal liberties, but also our national security. We must act affirmatively to protect the Internet and the amazing engine for economic growth and opportunity the Internet has become, and I urge my colleagues to support the Protecting Internet Freedon Act legislation.”
If control is handed over then I do believe this could cause major problems and increased internet control from stakehold countries like China, who currently censors the Internet more than any other country. I do believe this is part of the plan, high censorship of a precious source. Thus far, implementation is planned for October 1st, 2016.
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