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US hands over 'keys of the internet' to a private organization; ICANN

As per a report out of New York, the U.S. Department of Commerce has handed the control of the internet to a non-profit organization; ICANN.

The US Government was previously linked with IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) through an agreement. The agreement was recently revoked by the other side, that is why, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has joined hands for overtaking the internet.

Regardless of the takeover, it should be kept in mind that there would be no change in functioning of the internet for the common users. Although, the transition has already happened, but, four states Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Nevada have filed a lawsuit to stop the scheduled transfer. However, the court is unfazed about  the opposition of transition.

ICANN Board Chair Stephen D. Crocker said; “This transition was envisioned 18 years ago, yet it was the tireless work of the global Internet community, which drafted the final proposal, that made this a reality.”

To those who feel threatened over the violation of freedom of speech, ICANN has no power over individual speech online; it simply supervises domain names on the Internet.