Donald Trump, US presidemtial candidate for the Republican Party had been criticised in the past for his stand on internet. Earlier in 2016, he was seen saying that he wants to “close up” the internet, and that he would speak to all powerful people including Bill Gates about doing so.
Now Mr Trump has stated that the US is about to “turn control of the Internet over to the United Nations and the international community”, and even claimed his party’s politicians were working hard to save internet, and it couldn’t be done without the help of the American people.
But his statement seems to refer on ICANN, actually a delicate segment of an infrastructure behind the internet.
By the end of this month, the US Department of Commerce may forfeit control over ICANN, to the global community. It was planned long back in a bid to control of one of the key parts of the internet into the world community.
Trump warned that it will lead to “control of the Internet over to the United Nations and the international community”.
“The misguided call for the United States to exert unilateral control over ICANN does nothing to advance free speech because ICANN, in fact, has no power whatsoever over individual speech online,” said experts Berners-Lee and Daniel Weitzner to Washington Post.
“ICANN — the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers — supervises domain names on the Internet. The actual flow of traffic, and therefore speech, is up to individual network and platform operators, ” added the experts.
“Internet freedom is now at risk with the President’s intent to cede control to international interests, including countries like China and Russia, which have a long track record of trying to impose online censorship. Congress needs to act, or Internet freedom will be lost for good, since there will be no way to make it great again once it is lost,” said Trump’s Stephen Miller, Mr Trump’s national policy director.