Be prepared for changes to the internet, including web taxes!
Currently, the US Department of Commerce is in the last year of a long standing contract with Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit company in California. Formed in 1998, ICANN took oversight of many internet duties perform for and by the US government. They are now the organization that is responsible for the management of the global internet’s distinctive identifiers which helps to keep the entire global internet stable and secure.
ICANN’s contract ends next year and US officials just announced plans to not renew their contract and turn over US governmental control of the administration of the Internet to international control. Of course, this is a decision of Democratic lawmakers that fit in with their agenda of dismantling American superiority in favor of a one world governmental system.
Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV), described the decision as being:
“…consistent with other efforts the U.S. and our allies are making to promote a free and open Internet, and to preserve and advance the current multi-stakeholder model of global Internet governance.”
Others see this move as a dangerous one. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) reacted to the announcement by tweeting:
“What is the global internet community that Obama wants to turn the internet over to? This risks foreign dictatorships defining the internet.”
Garth Bruen, a Security Fellow at the Digital Citizens Alliance group that combats online crime also commented about the announcement, saying:
“This is a purely political bone that the U.S. is throwing. ICANN has made a lot of mistakes, and ICANN has not really been a good steward.”
Some are blaming the decision on all of the scandals involved with the NSA spying on US citizens; but US officials are denying that this has anything to with their decision. Lawrence E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information stated:
“We look forward to ICANN convening stakeholders across the global Internet community to craft an appropriate transition plan.”
“The timing is now right to start this transition both because ICANN as an organization has matured, and international support continues to grow for the multistakeholder model of Internet governance.”
Supporters of the move are saying that there will be no perceptible changes to the internet, but not everyone agrees. For the past several years, some members of the international internet community have been wanting to place taxes on internet use and commerce. With the transition of control from the US to the international community, many fear that this will open the doors to those taxes.
There are also fears of international control of content and censorship of what anyone will be allowed to post on the internet. How much is conspiracy theory and how much will turn out to be true will tell over time, but all I can say is that you shouldn’t be surprised to see internet taxes and increased censorship in the future.