WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major technology companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter are urging Congress to support a plan for the U.S. government to cede control of the internet’s technical management to the global community, they said in a joint letter dated on Tuesday.
The U.S. Commerce Department has primary oversight of the internet’s management, largely because it was invented in the United States. Some Republican lawmakers are trying to block the handover to global stakeholders, which include businesses, tech experts and public interest advocates, saying it could stifle online freedom by giving voting rights to authoritarian governments.
The years-long plan to transfer oversight of the nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, is scheduled to occur on Oct. 1 unless Congress votes to block the handover. The California-based corporation operates the database for domain names such as .com and .net and their corresponding numeric addresses that allow computers to connect…. [read more]
lhwm notes: Read how other countries monitor their website. There is no freedom of any kind except what they want you to say.
Here is a list for China:
What was once known as the land of cheap rip-offs may now offer a glimpse of the future — and American companies are taking notice.
Aug. 9, 2016
Several internet portals were ordered to halt much of their original news reporting, a move that could confine a larger share of China’s journalism to Communist-controlled mouthpieces.
The Cyberspace Administration said it would punish sites that publish “directly as news reports unverified content found on online platforms,” but others see an effort to clamp down.
American officials cite blocked websites and other limits on information as bad for foreign companies doing business in the vast market.
During a presentation on digital security, the architect, Fang Binxing, was forced to use location-masking software to reach websites in South Korea.
A draft law posted by a technology regulator said sites in the country would have to register domain names with local service providers.
A list of forbidden news topics reportedly issued by China’s propaganda authorities offers a picture of their anxieties.
By DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW
March 9, 2016