U.S. tech firms urge Congress to allow internet domain changeover

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:

How China Is Changing Your Internet

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.

How China Is Changing Your Internet
Aug. 9, 2016

China Clamps Down on Online News Reporting

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.

China Clamps Down on Online News Reporting

July 25, 2016

China Cracks Down on News Reports Spread via Social Media

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.

China Cracks Down on News Reports Spread via Social Media

July 5, 2016

U.S. Adds China’s Internet Controls to List of Trade Barriers

American officials cite blocked websites and other limits on information as bad for foreign companies doing business in the vast market.

U.S. Adds China’s Internet Controls to List of Trade Barriers

April 7, 2016

Architect of China’s ‘Great Firewall’ Bumps Into It

During a presentation on digital security, the architect, Fang Binxing, was forced to use location-masking software to reach websites in South Korea.

Architect of China’s ‘Great Firewall’ Bumps Into It

April 6, 2016

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