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Transfer by US of Internet oversight could face new hurdles

John Ribeiro | June 10, 2016
New bills in the U.S. demand that the transfer of control should be specifically authorized by Congress.

A number of conservative groups have backed the new draft legislation. Berin Szóka, president of policy think thank TechFreedom, for example, said that the U.S. administration hasn't been willing to negotiate to protect ICANN’s multistakeholder model.

Congressional approval of the transition, besides ensuring more transparency and accountability mechanisms, would meet a legal requirement if a U.S. court were to rule that the IANA function constituted government property, Szóka added. The Constitution requires that Congress authorize disposition of government assets. 


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