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Opposition grows as US gives up control of internet oversight

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The Obama Administration plans to relinquish unilateral US oversight of allocating names and addresses to people and entities wanting internet websites.

The regulatory power would be passed next year to an international group not yet figured out.

But not everyone is on board with the administration.

There is a battle brewing in Congress over this growing opposition to the administration's plan to eliminate US oversight of the internet.

The debate is on the US continuing it's role as the internet's naming authority and how website names are reserved and assigned.

The way it works is the US Commerce Department oversees a contract with a private entity that handles name management, called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN.

The Administration wants to end US oversight, but already, a group of Republicans in the House is pushing a bill to oppose that move.

“Giving up control of ICANN will allow countries like China and Russia that don’t place the same value in freedom of speech to better define how the Internet looks and operates,” Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said Monday.

Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, called it “very, very dangerous,” according to a report on Politico, adding that “Every American should worry about Obama giving up control of the internet to an undefined group.”

For some, though, this is not a big deal.

Democratic lawmaker Joe Trippi says It isn't about conceding control of the internet to anybody. “ICANN is literally the phone book issuer of the internet. It issues the names and numbers. It's the internet corporation for assigning names and numbers. That is all it is" he said.

Opponents of this issue say things run much deeper than that.  They want to know what happens, for instance, if the international community decides to wield this authority against another country.. like Israel.

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