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Judge Rejects Attempt To Stop Obama Internet Handover

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Judge Rejects Attempt To Stop Obama Internet Handover

Excerpted From USA Today: A federal judge in the Southern District of Texas on Friday denied a last-ditch request for an injunction against the long-awaited shift of oversight of the Internet’s address book from the U.S. Department of Commerce to a non-profit organization.

The denial means the shift should go forward as expected as 12:00 AM Saturday morning.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, has been in charge of the master list of Internet address since 1998, under a contract with the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

That contract ends September 30 at 11:59 PM. At that point, ICANN becomes an autonomous non-profit, accountable to international stakeholders in the Internet community that include a governmental advisory committee, a technical committee, industry committee, internet users and telecommunications experts.

The shift had been opposed by some conservative officials and lawmakers who have described it as America “giving away the Internet.”

On Thursday the attorneys general of Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas and Nevada filed a lawsuit asking a Federal district court to block the transition, alleging it amounts to giving up U.S. government property, among other complaints.

However on Friday the request for a temporary restraining order was denied. Keep reading