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    President Barack Obama and his administration are giving up control of the Internet to foreign interests for nothing even though the United States developed it, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told a rally.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is used to coordinate internet domain names across the world.

    "America losing control of the Internet to foreign interests," Trump told a crowd he estimated at more than 20,000 in Novi, Michigan on Friday. "We come up with the Internet and they want to give it away."

    ICANN has been overseen by the US Department of Commerce, but the Obama administration has agreed to cede control of the entity to an independent global oversight committee starting today.

    Trump accused the Obama administration of failing to protect US interests in the agreement.

    "It's not the job of our leaders to represent the global community. It's the job of our leaders to represent American citizens… We invent the Internet and they just want to give it away. Someone is benefitting from that deal," Trump said.

    On Wednesday, four Republican state attorneys general filed a lawsuit to prevent the transfer of the Internet from ICANN to the new oversight body.

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