The concern about ICANN and the United States giving up internet domain name oversight to an international panel is valid, the Clarion Project wrote last week. Already, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation is attempting to censor websites with the new ".Islam" and ".halal" domains.
Last week, Congressman John Shimkus (IL-18) shared with Illinois Review readers his reasons for shepherding legislation that would delay the ICANN turnover and call on a full investigation and recommendation before the transition takes place.
In a post entitled "Islamists Seek Censorship of Internet Domain Names," Deborah Weiss of the Clarion Project writes:
The OIC has been calling for the equivalent of blasphemy codes for over a decade in the form of UN resolutions to combat “defamation” of Islam. It is on a perpetual quest to stifle criticism of Islam-related topics, ever seeking out new international legal instruments to achieve its goal.
Suppression of these suffixes is only the tip of the iceberg. Free speech advocates who fear internet freedom is at risk should be taken seriously. America has been doing an exceptional job of keeping the internet free, secure and stable, and should remain its trusted steward. If internet oversight leaves her hands, further concessions to free speech tyrants like the OIC can be expected.
America should not relinquish ICANN oversight to the global community for the sake of “fairness” or political correctness. As the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Shimkus' bill passed out of committee and is headed for the U.S. House floor.