Congress Stands Up Against Obama's Attempt to Surrender Global Internet Oversight
In March of 2014, the Obama Administration foolishly announced its intent to relinquish oversight of Internet domain name functions to the so-called "global stakeholder community."
That is a dangerous idea for innumerable reasons, as observers like L. Gordon Crovitz of The Wall Street Journal have chronicled well. Among other risks, consider the piracy threat that surrendering U.S. oversight poses to critical American artistic industries like music and film. Online piracy already constitutes an enormous problem to those world-leading industries, and allowing Internet governance to drift into a Hobbesian global abyss would only exacerbate that. Or consider the censorship threat, as Crovitz recently referenced:
Since the launch of the commercial Internet, the Internet Corporation…[more]
In an excellent new piece entitled "The U.S. of Awesome: Yep, America Still Leads the World in Innovation and Economic Dynamism," James Pethokoukis of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) highlights how, despite our own regulatory and tax headwinds in the Era of Obama, America continues to outpace the more sclerotic socialist economies of places like Europe. In addition to producing many more billionaire entrepreneurs and much greater turnover in corporate titans, he notes that "the US produces far more large tech start-ups than all of Europe combined." …
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