Politico Magazine: No, the U.S. Isn’t ‘Giving Up Control’ of the Internet

In a recent article to Politico Magazine, Truman Fellow Katherine Maher explains how the US Dept. of Commerce decision to globalize part of it's oversight of the Internet to the global community is actually designed to protect the freedom of the Internet.

On a sleepy Friday afternoon last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce dropped what seemed, to many, like a bombshell: It intends to transition its coordinating role over the Internet’s domain name system—those web addresses you type into your browser—to the global Internet community.

The announcement was met with thunderous disapproval from top Republicans, who swiftly accused the White House of “giving up control” of the Internet. This widely circulated Newt Gingrich tweet being just one example: [See full article].

Hold on a minute.

Putting aside the fact that no one actually “controls” the Internet—it is regulated and governed by a patchwork of jurisdictions, technical advisory groups and voluntary bodies—this announcement definitely doesn’t reflect a global takeover. U.N. black helicopters aren’t coming for your servers.

So what just happened? A smart, strategic move by Commerce to formalize, on its own terms, a process of increased globalization that has been going on for some time.

Read the full article.