Texas Sues To Stop U.S. From Ceding ICANN Control

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AUSTIN (AP) – Three conservative states are suing the Obama administration in an attempt to block the U.S. government from ceding oversight of some of the internet’s core systems.

The attorneys general of Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona on Thursday asked a federal court in Galveston, Texas, to keep the Commerce Department from relinquishing oversight of ICANN, or the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

The internet relies on the “domain name” system. That includes directories helping computers on the network send data. ICANN has overseen the directories since 1998.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and others opposed the transition, which was approved by Congress in a temporary spending bill keeping the government running. The lawsuit says ceding control of ICANN violates the Property Clause of U.S. Constitution, which restricts giving away government property.

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One Comment

  1. EdgeWeiss says:

    These guys have no idea how the Internet works or what kind of message this sends to other countries. China and Russia now have more ammo to work with if they want to go to the UN and tell them that the US doesn’t want to give up control of the IANA functions, something that we’ve been promising to do since 1998.

    This could ruin the Internet rather than save it. Great going, guys.

  2. SamLan says:

    Maybe CBS could borrow one of Donald’s fact checkers. The transfer is oversight of IANA, not ICANN. The transfer is to ICANN, and has to do with the administration of the domain names system. It has nothing to do with anybody’s control of Internet content. Fact Checker, are you there?

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