Some of the rhetoric being used by those who favor retaining US control of the internet’s DNS (Domain Naming System) is pretty sickening. On Tuesday I heard a story about this in NPR, and the Official Line seems to be that giving other nations control over their own DNS entries is a measure being pushed by “countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia” who “don’t have the same attitudes about free speech” that we do. The implication is supposed to be that the change away from an ICANN monopoly is only supported by people who don’t care about repressive regimes and human rights. Well…WRONG. It is also supported by many countries who’ve shown a lot more respect for human rights than the good old US of A has lately – countries that don’t run a network of secret detention centers or send prisoners to countries they know will use torture. There are some semi-valid arguments to be made for letting the US retain control over top-level domains, but this “like Iran and Saudi Arabia” strawman is not among them. It is possible to oppose both having the US Commerce Department control a global resource and having “countries like Iran” deny DNS access to its citizens for political reasons.