‘We Should Control It’: Former George W. Bush Advisor on Ceding Internet Domain System
Former George W. Bush advisor Bradley Blakeman sounded off on the Obama administration’s plan to cede control of the Internet domain system during Fox News special, “Surrendering America.”
The Commerce Department’s contract with ICANN is set to expire in September 2015. The administration plans to cede control to a global body with international stakeholders.
“What you give away with the stroke of a pen you only get back by the barrel of a gun,” Blakeman said of the administration’s plan to relinquish control of ICANN.
“I don’t trust any other government – the Chinas of the world, the Russias of the world – to control that which they seek to not have available to their own populations,” he said. “I don’t want America subject to others who are not as free and open as we are.”
The Commerce Department insists that it will not let another government assume control of the Internet, but Blakeman doesn’t believe that.
“The fact is that the United States paid for it, we made it available, we should control it because we are much better stewards than the people who are gonna have a say in access to the Internet,” he said.
Watch James Rosen’s report above. Watch the panel react below.
Watch "Surrendering America" tonight at 10p ET or Sunday at 9p ET.