The Christian right just keeps lying about the Obama administration turning control over domain names over to ICANN. The latest is the American Center for Law and Justice, which is pushing a petition to get it stopped (which is, of course, just a means of getting email addresses so they can beg for money). And they’re selling it with a lie:
The Obama Administration is giving up American control over the Internet, handing over its most important technical functions to a “multinational” body – perhaps even the U.N.
But do we want Russia or China influencing whether we can create websites?
Do we want the U.N. controlling key aspects of the world’s most powerful mode of communication – our free speech?
America has kept the Internet free. Don’t let our nation sign over our freedom to dictators.
But wait…I thought Obama was a dictator? What they leave out is what disproves their paranoid bullshit. Russia and China were opposed to giving control to ICANN. They wanted control given to the International Telecommunications Union, which is run by the United Nations. So this decision does the exact opposite of what the ACLJ claims it does. And if that surprises you, you haven’t been paying attention.