TechFreedom & Heritage to Host Panel Discussion 7/7

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Commerce Department plans to give up its historic role as guarantor of the technical backbone of the Internet. Unless Commerce changes course by mid-August, the “IANA” contract, by which it has has supervised the Internet’s domain name system, will lapse at the end of September.

But concern on Capitol Hill is growing, with House and Senate Judiciary Committee chairmen citing “unanswered legal, constitutional and human rights questions.” So is the so-called “IANA Transition” a good idea? Should we rush the Transition to get it done before the election, even if it means jeopardizing free expression and enterprise online? Will the proposed accountability and transparency safeguards really be enough? And either way, what might happen in the courts?

Join TechFreedom and the Heritage Foundation July 7 at 3 p.m. for a panel discussion of this vital issue. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will kick off the discussion with keynote remarks about legislation he has co-sponsored that would require Congressional authorization before the IANA Transition may be completed. Panelists will be announced next week.

When: Thursday, July 7, at 3 p.m.

Where: The Heritage Foundation,
214 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002



We can be reached for comment at See more of our work on Internet governance, including:

  • Our statement on a previous attempt to establish Congressional authority in Internet governance transitions
  • An interview with The Blaze on keeping ICANN accountable