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UN Could Take Over ICANN, and the Internet, Oct. 1

The United Nations could take over control of the Internet on October 1, when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) passes from U.S. administration to the control of a multilateral body, most likely the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

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Cruz: ‘Congress Must Block Obama’s Scheme to Handover Internet’

The conservative firebrand, whose delegate count in the Republican presidential primaries was second only to Donald J. Trump, released a powerful video Monday laying out the case for blocking President Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw the United States from its privileged status with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) – the supreme arbitrator in Internet naming and policy disputes – upon the stroke of midnight Sept. 30.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 10: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is speaks to the media as he returns to his office at the U.S. Capitol, May 10, 2016, in Washington, DC. Sen. Cruz returned to the Senate after he had dropped out of the U.S. presidential race. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty …

Ted Cruz Warns Internet Freedom and Free Speech Have Never Been In Greater Peril

In the interview with The Blaze, Cruz also denounced President Obama’s plan to hand Internet domain registration over to foreign bodies as “reminiscent of Jimmy Carter’s idea to give away the Panama Canal,” warning it would imperil American interests and “undermine free speech.” Cruz is correct on all counts, and it’s a pity the rest of the Republican field hesitates to address these issues with such verve.

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Obama’s Plan to Surrender Internet Control May Be Unconstitutional

One of the worst of Barack Obama’s many bad ideas is surrendering control of Internet domains to a shadowy multi-national organization, a move undertaken largely out of embarrassment over Edward Snowden’s exposure of NSA surveillance techniques. Under Article IV, Section 3 of the Constitution, only Congress has the authority to transfer control of such government property, so Obama’s attempt to give it away to foreign bodies without congressional consent would be unconstitutional.

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