Congress should block the handover, scheduled to occur on Oct.
1, "or internet freedom will be lost for good, since there will
be no way to make it great again once it is lost," Stephen
Miller, national policy director for the Trump campaign, said in
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a former presidential primary foe of
Trump's who has refused to endorse the real estate developer,
has led a movement in Congress to block the transition, arguing
it could cede control of the internet itself to authoritarian
regimes like Russia and China and threaten online freedom.
Technical experts have said those claims are baseless, and that
a delay will backfire by undermining U.S. credibility in future
international negotiations over internet standards and security.
Publicly proposed in March 2014, the transfer of oversight of
the nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers, or ICANN, is expected to go forward unless Congress
votes to block the move.
A vote to delay the transition may come as an amendment to a
temporary spending bill that Congress must pass by Sept. 30 to
prevent much of the federal government from shutting down.
Congressional negotiators on Wednesday were working to finalize
an agreement on the spending package.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton supports the
Obama administration's planned transition to a global community
of technologists, civil society groups and internet users,
according to policy positions available on her campaign website.
(Reporting by Dustin Volz; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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