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Are We Giving China the Internet? ICANN Explained

Global Internet Governance doesn’t seem all that sexy, but this panel will explore why it can literally be a matter of life or death. In March 2014, the U.S. announced that it will relinquish oversight over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). We've heard the critics scream that the U.S. is "giving away our Internet to Russia and China," but is that really the case? Both sides of the IANA transition debate have talked about protecting the open Internet, and making sure that it is preserved as the greatest free speech tool on the planet. This panel explores how Congress is working with entrepreneurs throughout the Internet community to ensure those goals.

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  1. What would be the worst case scenario if the IANA transition process does not happen in a timely and cohesive manner?
  2. Is the IANA transition going to create a "backdoor SOPA/PIPA" to prevent free speech on the Internet?
  3. How can policymakers, the multi-stakeholder community and entrepreneurs work together to stop Internet censorship and ensure strong Internet policies?



Rachel Wolbers, Legislative Director, TwinLogic Strategies

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