Ted Cruz is wrong about how free speech is censored on the Internet by Tim Berners-Lee and Daniel Weitzner
Posted in: Governance at 22/09/2016 15:00
Sen. Ted Cruz wants to engineer a United States takeover of a key Internet organization, ICANN, in the name of protecting freedom of expression.
Cruz's proposal is one of the key sticking points in finalizing the government spending bill necessary to avert a government shutdown on Sept. 30.
But the misguided call for the United States to exert unilateral control over ICANN does nothing to advance free speech because ICANN, in fact, has no power whatsoever over individual speech online. ICANN supervises domain names on the Internet. The actual flow of traffic, and therefore speech, is up to individual network and platform operators.