Should US take back control of ICANN?

The US is considering taking back control of ICANN:

The US government has formally asked whether it should reassert its control of the internet’s administrative functions, effectively reversing a handover to non-profit organization ICANN two years ago.

“Should the IANA Stewardship Transition be unwound? If yes, why and how? If not, why not?” reads one of 23 questions that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has put into a formal notice of inquiry [PDF] published on Tuesday in the Federal Register.

In effect, should Uncle Sam regain ultimate control of IANA – the ICANN department that oversees the planet’s domain-name system, IP address allocation, and network protocol number assignments? All three functions glue together the global internet as we know it today. ICANN took full stewardship of IANA in 2016.

The question is part of a broader effort to seek input on what the US government’s role and priorities should be when it comes to internet policymaking, but its inclusion is still extraordinary given how controversial such a reversal would be.

In short, yes, they should.  At least for now.  This was yet another disastrous decision made by the Obama Administration and which took effect in 2016.  The United States, for all its flaws, is still a greater defender of free speech than the European Union or other globalist interests by a long shot.  And the news that continues to pour out of places like the UK on a daily basis do not inspire confidence that it will get better anytime soon.  I have a hell of a lot more faith in the Trump Administration to preserve the spirit of free speech on the internet more than anyone else at this point.

The best answer to preserve absolute freedom of speech would be to delegate this to a decentralized block chain domain based system.  This may not be perfected yet but I’d like to think it could be set up and refined before the end of 2024.

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