Google’s announcement that it will stop censoring results from its Chinese search engine is just the latest development on the internet freedom agenda and highlights the increased dedication from the public and private sectors to preserve the openness of what has become one of the most salient forms of communication. Indeed, President Obama and Secretary Clinton have made clear that internet freedom - which can play a big role in U.S. diplomacy and development - is a key foreign policy priority for the United States.
On March 24, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) held an event to mark the public launch of the U.S. Senate Caucus on Global Internet Freedom, which will provide bipartisan leadership and serve as a resource in the Washington policy community on this important issue.
Senator Ted Kaufman (D-DE) Co-chair, U.S. Senate Caucus on Global Internet Freedom
Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) Co-chair, U.S. Senate Caucus on Global Internet Freedom
Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) Member, U.S. Senate Caucus on Global Internet Freedom Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) Member, U.S. Senate Caucus on Global Internet Freedom
The Honorable Michael Posner Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
Ambassador Mark Palmer Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Alan Davidson Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Google Richard Fontaine Senior Fellow, CNAS Daniel Calingaert Deputy Director of Programs, Freedom House
Rebecca MacKinnon Visiting Fellow, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University Co-Founder, Global Voices Online
From Egypt to Tunisia to Iran, the world has borne witness to the power of the Internet and new digital tools used to communicate across borders, organize protests, topple some dictators and possibly strengthen others – actions that all affect U.S. foreign policy. This report examines Internet freedom through the lens of American foreign policy and explores two central questions: What does access to an open Internet mean for U.S. foreign policy, and what should the United States do about it?
Sea, air, space, and cyberspace constitute the global commons – those areas or dimensions of the world no one state controls but that act as the connective tissue that binds the international system together.
U.S. policy is
committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and the
administration’s “dual track” policy of pressure and diplomacy aims to achieve
that objective. Yet despite unprecedented international sanctions, Iran’s
nuclear progress and support for terrorism and regional militancy continue. The
CNAS Iran project, led by Senior Fellow Dr. Colin Kahl, former U.S. Deputy
Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East, provides detailed
assessments of the global and regional consequences of Iranian nuclearization
and the full range of policy alternatives for addressing the threat.