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Obama Administration Handed Over The Internet to a Private Corporation

Internet Freedom For Americans Could Soon Go Away as Control of The Internet is Handed Over to a Private Corporation

Mohit Kumar | Hacker News 

Since the foundation of the Internet, a contract has been handed over to the United States Commerce Department under which the department had given authority to regulate the Internet.

After 47 years, this contract ended at midnight EDT i.e. Saturday, October 1st, 2016.

If you think that the United States owns the Internet, then you’re wrong. It doesn’t.

Founded in 1998, non-profit organization ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) oversees the Internet’s “address book” (or root zone) — the process of assigning domain names and the underlying IP addresses to keep the Internet running smoothly.

But according to the contract, ICANN and its IANA department (the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) was set to work under the supervision of National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

That contract is ending today, and the US Commerce Department is scheduled to hand over its role to ICANN, which will now become an autonomous body, accountable to an international multi-stakeholder community which includes members from the technical community, businesses, telecommunications experts, civil society and governments.
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