On October 1, the U.S. Department of Commerce handed off the final vestiges of American control over the Internet to international authorities, ICANN ( Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). This means America gave up its authority to enforce free speech on the internet as guaranteed by the first amendment.

What is ICANN? It is a multi-stakeholder, private organization based in Los Angeles that includes countries such as China and Russia. Many fear that countries such as Russia, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and North Korea will now have undue influence on the internet. Others fear censorship, freedom of enterprise, and our national security will be threatened.

Sadly, once again, President Obama, Democrats, and spineless Republicans have betrayed America. This is why we need change.


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