Hillary Clinton’s Free Speech Speech

Yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for global internet freedom to “seize the opportunity created by the proliferation of connection technologies. These technologies are truly the platform for communication, collaboration, and commerce in the 21st century. They’re connecting people to people, people to knowledge, and people to the global marketplace.” In her remarks, she criticized some regimes for censoring all types of new media, including text messages.  The Internet has a great role in promoting free speech and the “freedom to connect”, she said.  Needless to say, some advocacy groups, the Open internet coalition and Public Knowledge among them, latched onto this speech as a vehicle for promoting net neutrality laws both in the US and abroad.  Ms. Clinton’s speech can be seen here.


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