Government missed major threat to Internet independence

The U.S. government did not conduct a sufficient analysis of the consequences of giving up control of the corporation responsible for assigning web addresses, increasing the risk that foreign governments will eventually gain control of the Internet, according to documents obtained by the group Americans for Limited Government.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration currently has authority over the Internet’s domain name system through a contract with a private, international organization called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. The contract is set to expire on September 30. The agency has not decided whether to extend the contract.

Americans for Limited Government, a conservative group, requested records through the Freedom of Information Act to see if the agency had completed any analysis concerning antitrust issues for ICANN if the agency relinquishes its control over the Internet.

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Washington Free Beacon
August 31, 2016