Even Bill Clinton Thinks that Obama’s Abandonment of the Internet is a Bad Idea

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Is there anyone who actually thinks it’s a good idea? I haven’t seen many defenses of it in the usual places.

I’m sure Think Progress and Media Matters are doing their best, but it seems like even the e-left is enthused by the idea of letting a bunch of dictatorships determine freedom on the internet.

Former President Bill Clinton presided over a star-studded panel Friday evening, voicing his preference that the United States maintain control of the Internet’s domain name system, which will soon be ceded to an international body.

“Whatever you think our country has done wrong, the United States has been by far the country most committed to keeping the Internet free and open and uninterrupted,” Clinton said at Arizona State University.

The former president expressed concern over the United States’ recent announcement that the Internet domain system, currently controlled an agency of the Department of Commerce, will soon be ceded to an international agency that will be assembled after negotiations.

Added Clinton, “We’ve kept the Internet free and open, and that’s a great tribute to the United States.”

Wales, who said denying access to the information of the Internet was akin to a human rights violation, said he frequently tries to explain to citizens overseas why American control of the system was not a bad thing.

“There is the First Amendment in the U.S., and a culture of free expression,” he said.

And a lot of people on the left aren’t crazy about that. Obama, who has become the first leader in nearly a century to lock up a man for making a politically incorrect film, certainly isn’t a fan of free speech.

It’s a little ironic that Bill Clinton is making that speech considering his role in the CDA. If Janet Reno had gotten her way, the open internet wouldn’t exist.

  • Lee

    The “open internet” came along way before Janet Reno was ever on the scene.

  • wileyvet

    Clinton is worried that he might lose access to Chunky Chicks Gone Wild.