Internet Freedom – Internet Regulation – Internet Law
Internet freedom and it regulation is foreseen as the Administration is seeking to not renew the contract with ICANN. to shifting as Few know that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (USDC) contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) ends September 2015. ICANN would then report and be administered by an unidentified international group.
ICANN runs the process of the domain name system and the Internet protocol addresses. Currently, through its contract with U.S.D.C., the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) of the USDC monitors ICANN’s governance of the Internet which is the “Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). “IANA” is primarily the entity that coordinates the global assignment of all designated network servers (DNS), Internet Protocols addressing (IP), and number assignments.
Congressional members argue that IANA’s functions are property of the United States as it says in ICANN’s contract with the USDC. ICANN earns roughly 300 million annually under the contract with the USDC. IANA’s functions being property of the US garners the need for congressional oversight of this transition. However, the Energy and Commerce Committee passed the DOTCOM Act only after a very brief 15 minute hearing. The bill allows for a 30 day review before the NTIA loses its control of IANA and the administration of ICANN.
Congressional members question why would the Administration not renew the contract with ICANN? The question lingers as to why relinquish? The meaning of this relinquishment sends chills as it is expected that censorship in the form of content control will be on the rise. It is also expected for there to be a rise in restrictions on political speech, inconsistent review of e-commercial standards for b2b transactions, b2c sales, trademarks, copyrights, privacy and of the arbitration forum process and standards. The willing relinquishment of control over the assignment of IP addresses, their associated numeration, and over the global designation of servers, raises serious curiosity.