Earlier this week the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law called five witnesses to testify on the role of the US government, corporations, and citizens in combating (and abetting) Internet censorship and surveillance throughout the world. Entitled “Global Internet Freedom and The Rule of Law, Part II
,” the hearing featured representatives from the government, corporate, academic, and citizen advocacy spheres. Although CDT didn't testify in person, we did submit written testimony that you can find here
Although Subcommittee Chairman Dick Durbin expounded on the importance of corporate responsibility
in the fight for global Internet freedom, Google Vice President and Deputy General Counsel and witness Nicole Wong was corporate America’s only representative at the hearing. But this was not for lack of effort by the Subcommittee: in his opening remarks, Senator Durbin emphasized the industry-spanning nature of challenges to Internet freedom – from the Chinese government’s failed attempt
to require that all computers sold to China include government spyware to the Iranian government’s crackdown
on Facebook and Twitter users – and then reported that Facebook, Twitter, Apple, and Hewlett Packard all refused to testify.
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