Bill Clinton Is Concerned and You Should Be, Too

By Amy Payne

What do Bill Clinton, The Washington Post, and The Heritage Foundation have in common?

They are all wary of a big transition that’s happening with the Internet.

Today, representatives of countries from around the world are meeting in Brazil to start discussing the Internet’s future. It’s in dispute because the U.S. is preparing to transfer the oversight it has had—oversight that has helped keep the Internet open and free.

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“A lot of people…have been trying to take this authority from the U.S. for the sole purpose of cracking down on Internet freedom and limiting it and having governments protect their backsides instead of empowering their people,” former President Clinton said. […]

If you’re following the debate, the acronym you need to know is ICANN. That stands for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a nonprofit that manages Internet domain names (website addresses). It has been under the supervision of the U.S. Department of Commerce, but now the Obama administration has begun the process of transferring ICANN into the international arena.

What will this mean? And how will the U.S. ensure that dictators don’t take over the Internet?

In an exclusive interview with The Foundry, ICANN President Fadi Chehadé makes the case for the transition, and Heritage’s Brett Schaefer discusses the growth of the Internet under U.S. oversight.

Read more: Heritage.org

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