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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Obama's 'one world' fantasy for 'Net -- Plan to cut U.S. control shows real disconnect -- By Jennifer Braceras, Boston Herald.com

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Under American stewardship, the Internet has thrived. It has become an indispensable economic, social, and educational tool. It has become an invaluable means of promoting democracy, disseminating information, and advancing freedom in countries with repressive regimes. (No wonder the Chinese, Russians, and Iranians can’t wait to get their hands on it!)

 The fact is, there is no country or private entity in the world better equipped to protect freedom on the Internet than the United States.

 Free speech is arguably America’s defining principle and most cherished right. Virtually no other country protects speech as vigorously as the United States. Even strong democracies like Canada, Great Britain and Germany lack our dedication to the free exchange of ideas and are all too willing to censor speech that may offend.

 But the administrators of the Internet must not only safeguard speech, they must be vigilant in protecting against intellectual and economic property thieves, and particularly against cyber-terrorists — tasks for which the United States is once again uniquely qualified.

So, why does President Obama want to relinquish control?

 In part, because of politics.

Obama is still reeling from the political fallout over Edward Snowden’s revelations that the National Security Agency has been collecting metadata — records of who called whom, when, and for how long.

Rather than defend the practice, or scrap it, our gutless leader has attempted to deflect responsibility by trying to force private telephone companies to maintain the data instead of the government.

Obama is now applying this same outsourcing strategy to the Internet in order to absolve himself and future administrations of concerns — legitimate or not — about Internet privacy. Better to pass the buck to a nebulous group of world stakeholders than to man-up and take responsibility for things that will inevitably go wrong.

The move is typical of a man whose presidency has been defined by a disengaged, don’t-blame-me style of governance.

But abdicating control of the Internet serves not just Obama’s political objectives. It serves his larger ideological objective of minimizing America’s leadership role in favor of some sort of kumbaya — “one world” fantasy.

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