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Trump Backs Cruz on U.S. Relinquishing Internet Governance Role

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has found himself an unexpected supporter in his bid to prevent the U.S. from passing off the oversight of the Internet to an international organization.

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Presidential candidate Donald Trump is backing Cruz’s stance that the group — which will be made up of stakeholders from tech firms, businesses, civil society and government— should not be given control of the assigning of website domain names. Cruz is trying to prevent the official takeover, which is slated for Oct. 1.

 “The U.S. should not turn control of the Internet over to the United Nations and the international community,” Trump national policy director Stephen Miller said in a statement. “President Obama intends to do so on his own authority — just 10 days from now, on Oct. 1, unless Congress acts quickly to stop him. The Republicans in Congress are admirably leading a fight to save the Internet this week, and need all the help the American people can give them to be successful.”
Cruz, who is no fan of Trump’s after being beat out by the business tycoon to become the Republican nominee, took to Twitter to thank his former rival for his support on the issue: “Appreciate ’s support of our efforts to keep the Internet free.”

Cruz is asking Congress to prevent the transfer of control from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to the group overseen by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

That transfer, however, has been in the works for more than two years. It was decided back in 2014 that the U.S. would be relinquishing its governance role.

ICANN has said Cruz’s statements about the supposed power the organization will have over the Internet are false, adding that little will change for U.S. Internet users.

“The U.S. government has no decreased role. Other governments have no increased role,” reads an ICANN statement. “There is simply no change to governmental involvement in policy development work in ICANN.”

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  • “The U.S. should not turn control of the Internet over to the United Nations and the international community,”