Updated December 13, 2011:
At the Freedom Online conference hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs December 8-9, fourteen countries endorsed a declaration pledging concrete actions in support of Internet freedom. The launch of this coalition is a groundbreaking step in undertaking joint action for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms online. Secretary Clinton opened the conference with keynote remarks, calling on stakeholders to work together to enhance diplomatic efforts, encourage greater attention to human rights by corporations, and increase support for cyber activists. Participating states committed to engaging with technology companies in their countries on the appropriate corporate role in protecting human rights online. The coalition also pledged to provide greater support for cyber activists and bloggers under threat. As part of this effort, the United States and the Netherlands committed funds to a new Digital Defenders partnership. The coalition will encourage additional countries to join in the pledge to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms online. The Government of Kenya agreed to host the second high-level meeting of the coalition in 2012. President Obama and Secretary Clinton have identified Internet freedom as a key foreign policy priority for the United States. Secretary Clinton’s keynote remarks at the Freedom Online conference, and additional resources, are available on this page. A transcript is also available. Follow the continued discussion at #iFreedom.
The Freedom Online conference and the creation of a global coalition of countries committed to Internet freedom is an important step in establishing international support and joint action for the protection of freedom of expression, assembly, and association online for people worldwide.
For more information about the U.S. Government’s commitment to Internet freedom, see the Fact Sheet on Internet Freedom Programs at the U.S. Department of State.
U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace; The White House
Remarks by Secretary Clinton:
2010-01-21 – Remarks on Internet Freedom
Remarks by Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael Posner:
2011-12-09 – Freedom Online—Preserving An Open Internet
2011-10-24 – Free Speech in the Digital Age
2011-07-15 – Promises We Keep Online: Internet Freedom in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Region; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Daniel Baer
2011-02-18 – Conversations With America: The State Department’s Internet Freedom Strategy; Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael H. Posner
2011-02-15 – Internet Freedom
2011-02-10 – Remarks to U.S.-China Internet Industry Forum; Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs Robert D. Hormats
Stay tuned to the Department of State’s Internet Freedom page for further updates