American Center for Law and Justice releases petition to “Keep Internet Free”
“This week, our nation faces a looming deadline that could forever alter the future of cybersecurity and Internet freedom,” Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) wrote in an article yesterday.
“Let me be very blunt. Once America gives up control of the Internet, there is no reset button,” Sekulow wrote. “The Internet could very well fall into the hands of the world’s most anti-free speech dictators, and we could do absolutely nothing about it.”
He urged concerned citizens to sign a petition to stop this action. At the time of this writing, the petition has just over 130,000 signatures.
“The deadline is October 1st. Unless the U.S. government acts, U.S. oversight of the Internet will pass to a multinational organization, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN),” Sekulow wrote. Multiple news outlets are reporting that control of the internet might ultimately end up in the hands of the United Nations (UN).
He also referenced another article in Forbes, which describes the situation in greater detail.
“Even though it (the deadline) could be extended for any period through September 2019, upon expiration, President Obama has agreed to let the Department of Commerce hand full control over the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) functions to ICANN, effectively ceding the last control that the U.S. has over the Internet to an ambitious non-profit organization that will have no ties to the U.S. Government,” Jody Westby, CEO of Global Cyber Risk, wrote in the Forbes article. Westby also serves as an adjunct professor at Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Computer Science.
According to Sekulow, "this has monumental ramifications for cybersecurity, our national security, free speech on the Internet, and much more."