Senator Ted Cruz has been among a handful of conservatives fighting the Obama administration’s allowance of a transfer of control over Internet domain assignment to an international non-profit body.
The move caught many Americans by surprise, and a last ditch legal effort is being waged by four state’s attorneys to put a halt to the transfer–at least until more preparation can be undertaken and additional oversight assured. The lawsuit argues, via Fox News:
The U.S. government has been in charge of domain names for more than three decades, thanks to a Commerce Department agency’s oversight of an obscure, but powerful, Los Angeles-based nonprofit called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
If the transfer takes place – as it is set to do on Oct. 1 — the suit argues people will “lose the predictability, certainty, and protections that currently flow from federal stewardship of the Internet and instead be subjected to ICANN’s unchecked control.”
Cruz on Wednesday grilled ICANN CEO Mr. Göran Marby over the transfer. As ICANN states about Marby’s background:
Göran Marby brings over 20 years experience as a senior executive in the Internet and technology sector, as well as his leadership as Director General at the independent regulatory body Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS), where he worked closely with international organizations and standards bodies.
Senator Cruz asked one question to Marby, and its answer tells Americans everything they need to know.
That question, which Cruz had to ask twice:
“Is ICANN bound by the First Amendment?”
Mr. Marby initially replied:
“I think you know the answer to that question.”
Sen. Cruz tried again:
“I’m asking you for your views.”
Mr. Marby’s blunt response:
“To my understanding, no.”
That is all that many Americans need to know.