Advancing Global Internet Freedom
On January 21, 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a landmark speech elevating global Internet freedom high on the foreign policy agenda of the United States. CDT applauds Secretary Clinton and the Obama administration for spotlighting Internet freedom at a time when authoritarian regimes are seeking ever more aggressively to control the Internet and even democratic countries are imposing restrictions in the name of addressing various social ills.
Secretary Clinton’s speech should be the starting point for a broad and sustained effort by the U.S. government to keep the Internet open, innovative, and free. To implement Secretary Clinton’s vision, CDT urges the U.S. government to take action in four areas:
• Internet freedom at home
• Advocacy and diplomacy
• Support for Internet activists around the world
• Corporate social responsibility