One year ago, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched the State Department’s recommitment to global internet. She lauded the opportunities that the Internet and connection technologies provide individuals across the world, but failed to provide what steps, other than engaging in “vigorous discussion,” would follow. Since Secretary Clinton’s speech, the State Department has become more active in its diplomatic uses of technology. Using social media as well as a variety of other technological means to engage with foreign publics is beneficial to U.S. interests. It has made diplomats more accessible and dialogue has increased.
However, it remains to be seen as to what the State Department has accomplished in addressing the needs of those who require Internet access the most. Dissidents in Iran, Cuba, China and others throughout the world are not receiving the support from the State Department needed to allow their voices to be heard. Please join us as our panel of experts analyzes the Administration’s internet freedom initiative and assesses what can be done to assist those across the world to gain more access to needed technology.
More About the Speakers
Amir Abbas Fakhravar
Research Fellow, Institute of World Politics
Director, Internet Freedom, Freedom House
Manager, Anti-Censorship Program, International Broadcasting Bureau
Helle C. Dale
Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy