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Department of State Public Notice Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Request for Proposals: Democracy, Human Rights, and Rule of Law in the Near East Region. The sequel. As Prepared for Delivery Good morning.

the sequel

I am delighted to be here to speak with you and through C-SPAN to the viewing audience around the United States. To Host World Press Freedom Day in 2011. The United States is pleased to announce that it will host UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day event in 2011, from May 1 - May 3 in Washington, D.C.

to Host World Press Freedom Day in 2011

UNESCO is the only UN agency with the mandate to promote freedom of expression and its corollary, freedom of the press. The theme for next year’s commemoration will be 21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers. The United States places technology and innovation at the forefront of its diplomatic and development efforts. WL & Internet Freedom. Here's a list of essential posts on current Wikileaks controversy, starting with coverage by techPresident's editors and including posts by the various speakers in Personal Democracy Forum's December 11 New York City symposium on Wikileaks and internet freedom, plus others we've found useful and/or provocative.

WL & Internet Freedom

Micah L. Sifry, "From Wikileaks to OpenLeaks, Via the Knight News Challenge," December 17, 2010. How a $532,000 grant the Knight Foundation decided not to award fits into a creative split in the WikiLeaks organization and the creation of a less centralized engine for safe leaking, OpenLeaks. Nick Judd, "The Art of Anonymous," December 16, 2010. Reining in freedom on the Web. A few days ago, Facebook asked me to change my user name.

Reining in freedom on the Web

The name I had chosen wasn't obscene, it did not incite racial hatred, it was not an attempt to usurp the name of the all-powerful Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook's CEO, founder and majority shareholder), nor was it even vaguely similar to a registered trademark. I had chosen a name composed entirely of Braille characters. The engineers at Facebook had suddenly decided that this was no longer acceptable. When I signed up, Facebook asked me for my real name and verified my identity by getting me to enter a confirmation code it sent to my mobile phone. It also pressed me to tell my e-mail password so it could access my address book and retrieve my contacts - my "friends," in house terminology.


Freedom on the Web. Timeline WL- Attacks. On Sunday 28 November WikiLeaks began releasing the first of its 250,000 leaked US embassy cables.

Timeline WL- Attacks

Almost immediately, a hacking attack known as a "DDoS" – distributed denial of service – attack tried to knock it off the net. These are the attacks that have followed in the succeeding days. Intermediary censorship. By Index on Censorship / 3 December, 2010 Private ownership of web hosting raises serious questions for free expression, says Jillian C York WikiLeaks’ latest release is making its rounds in the media.

Intermediary censorship

Links to cablegate.wikileaks.org are circulating, posted on Twitter and Facebook, passed around in emails. After several releases from the whistleblowing organisation, we’ve begun to take for granted that the leaked information — at least what’s already online — will be accessible to us. As Rebecca MacKinnon points out, this isn’t the first time Lieberman has made such a call; in 2008, the Senator demanded removal of “content produced by Islamist terrorist organisations” from video-sharing site YouTube. WL & 21st Cent. statecraft. Have 250,000 leaks sunk the State Department’s ‘Internet Freedom’ policy?

WL & 21st Cent. statecraft

By Roy Revie As the fallout of Cablegate continues to consume column inches, gigabytes, and cabinet meetings across the world, the realisation that this is about more than one man, one organization, and one massive leak seems to be slowly sinking in. While some argue that stories and comment focusing on the process of the leak and the fallout for the organisation only distract from the stories contained within the cables themselves, it is clear that this element is as vital (in the short term at least) as the contents of the cables.

We find ourselves in the middle of an unprecedented public debate on Internet freedom and the role of the state online. In this debate much has been written about the motives and background of Wikileaks (some bad, some excellent) while other parties involved have avoided the same scrutiny. 20th cent. roots of 21st cent. statecraft. Let's imagine a parallel universe for a second.

20th cent. roots of 21st cent. statecraft

In that universe, the U.S. State Department decides that energy -- rather than the Internet -- would form one of the core pillars of "21st century statecraft. " To that end, the secretary of state would give a speech about some highly abstract and ambiguous concept like "environmental freedom" that would strike the right chord with the media -- if only because it promises a greener future for all of us! Internet Freedom Fraud (Morozov) Originally posted on Slate.

Internet Freedom Fraud (Morozov)

In March of this year, Hillary Clinton announced that the U.S. government had granted a license to a company whose software would "help information continue to flow freely into and out of Iran. " That software was called Haystack, an anti-censorship tool that received glowing coverage from the BBC, NPR, the Christian Science Monitor, the International Herald Tribune, and many other news sources.

Perhaps it was Haystack's teasing, provocative slogan -- "Good luck finding that needle" -- that so intrigued the reporters. Or maybe it was the story of its founder Austin Heap, the twentysomething IT specialist from San Francisco who, prior to founding Haystack in June 2009, spent much of his time killing dragons in World of Warcraft.