new-logo25 Author, Chuck Frank

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, also known as ICANN, is a non-profit, public-benefit corporation formed in 1998, which has a limited, yet unique and critical role that coordinates the administration of the Internet’s logistical infrastructure layer and delivers “One Internet’ for the world.”

Besides creating three sets of unique identifiers, namely, Domain names, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, and Protocol parameters, their responsibilities do not stop there.  Though ICANN does not run the internet system directly, it plays a central, administrative role in concert with technical operation community actors, while ensuring the security, stability, resiliency, and integrity of this critical

To keep pace with the dynamic technologies and rapid innovation on the Internet, ICANN also facilitates the process of policy development that will enable technical changes which is a fundamental part of the organizations mission.

But, unlike the traditional, top-down government models, ICANN’s policy development uses a “bottom-up, consensus-driven, multi-stakeholder model”. It is “bottom-up” because any member of the global Internet community can raise issues and bring them to ICANN’s attention.  That policy is “consensus-driven” and provides mechanisms to encourage discussion of diverse opinions and facilitates agreement on action strategies for solving commonly perceived problems.  This avenue is meant to give voices to the public and private sector, technical experts, civil society, and individual users in an inclusive manner.  This model mimics the very nature of the Internet and its border-less and openness mechanism.

Traditionally, because the internet was birthed in America, the major players such as ICANN and other influential parties waved a banner which was reflective of the First Amendment and the U.S. Constitution to where freedom of speech and of the the press remained a core issue.

But now the U.S. Government and the Obama administration has decided to, in effect, give the store away on October 1, 2016, and in so doing, this will usher in other questionable players who’s endgame will entail global internet governance along with a New World, Internet Order.  Yet, what might be the consequence of such an outrageous and dangerous agenda?   It will essentially be creeping censorship and propaganda which is meant to be used for world domination and control, ushering in Orwellian doublespeak and disinformation along with political correctness which will, in effect, destroy freedom.

 “The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a San Francisco based watchdog group, is an organization that criticized the transfer of the internet because, formally, internet administrators generally guaranteed free speech and due process since its creation, with the understanding that U.S. government contractors would be required to follow the U.S. Constitution in order that the public was supported with honesty, integrity and also the truth.  But now the very soul of the internet is at stake and its alternative news element is truly at risk and could be lost forever if Congress and the people do not act before it is too late.