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Ex-Bush admin official: Internet giveaway weakens cybersecurity, opens door to Web tax
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:28:51 +0000 (UTC)
By Giuseppe Macri
The Daily Caller
The U.S. government's plan to give away authority over the Internet's core
architecture to the "global Internet community" could endanger the
security of both the Internet and the U.S. -- and open the door to a
global tax on Web use.
"U.S. management of the internet has been exemplary and there is no reason
to give this away -- especially in return for nothing," former Bush
administration State Department senior advisor Christian Whiton told The
Daily Caller. "This is the Obama equivalent of Carter's decision to give
away the Panama Canal -- only with possibly much worse consequences."
The U.S. Commerce Department announced late Friday it would relinquish
control of The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
-- the organization charged with managing domain names, assigning Internet
protocol addresses and other crucial Web functions -- after its current
contract expires next year.
In response to months of mounting criticism from the global community over
sweeping National Security Surveillance programs leaked by former agency
contractor Edward Snowden, the administration surrendered to allegations
it had too much influence over the Web through ICANN, which designates the
roadmap from web-connected devices to websites and servers across the
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