Internet Freedom and U.S. Diplomacy

Internet Freedom and U.S. Diplomacy

This month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered her second major address on "Internet Freedom." We explore how technology is changing international diplomacy.

Information technologies are revolutionizing how governments interact with their citizens, and how citizens interact with each other. Across the Middle East, anti-government activists are harnessing the power of social media to rally against regimes. Meanwhile, governments in Iran and China are using sophisticated tools to police the web. So what do these new tech challenges mean for American diplomacy?


Alec Ross

Senior Adviser on Innovation, Department of State

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On February 15th, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered her second major address on "Internet Freedom," the principle that all countries should protect freedoms of assembly and speech in the digital square (see video of the speech below). But what happens when that principle creates tensions with U.S. allies?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, "Internet Rights and Wrongs: Choices and Challenges in a Networked World" (February 15, 2011; George Washington University)

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