Hillary Clinton slams “Information Curtain” of censorship
January 21st, 2010

Video of the address of Secretary Clinton on the importance of freedom of expression and the free flow of info on the Internet.

In address at the Newseum, Secretary Clinton said:

“On their own, new technologies do not take sides in the struggle for freedom and progress, but the United States does. We stand for a single Internet where all of humanity has equal access to knowledge and ideas. And we recognize that the world’s information infrastructure will become what we and others make of it. Now, this challenge may be new, but our responsibility to help ensure the free exchange of ideas goes back to the birth of our republic.”

Secretary Clinton outlined five key freedoms of the Internet Age. First among them is the freedom of expression. Secretary Clinton said, “This freedom is no longer defined solely by whether citizens can go into the town square and criticize their government without fear of retribution. Blogs, email, and text messages have opened up new forums for exchanging ideas – and created new targets for censorship. As I speak to you today, government censors are working furiously to erase my words from the records of history. But history itself has already condemned these tactics.” (..)

Secretary Clinton concluded, “We need to create a world in which access to networks and information brings people closer together, and expands our definition of community. Given the magnitude of the challenges we’re facing, we need people around the world to pool their knowledge and creativity to help rebuild the global economy, protect our environment, defeat violent extremism, and build a future in which every human being can realize their God-given potential.”

Full text of the Remarks on Internet Freedom

Also read a comment on Big Think : ‘Clinton Promises to Foment Foreign Revolutions Via Internet’

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
The Newseum
Washington, DC
January 21, 2010

Published on DipNote US Department of State Official Blog


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