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Clinton announces new Internet freedom policy

John Moe Feb 15, 2011

Secretary of State Hilary Clinton will speak at George Washington University today about Internet freedom. The New York Times reports she’s expected to lay out a new policy:

The State Department plans to finance programs like circumvention services, which enable users to evade Internet firewalls, and training for human rights workers on how to secure their e-mail from surveillance or wipe incriminating data from cellphones if they are detained by the police.

However, the State Department is careful to take the position that while technology can help bring about democratic change, it’s ultimately people who actually bring down regimes, not technology.

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