Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks at Freedom Online Conference

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
December 8, 2011

The United States, along with 22 other countries and other non-governmental participants, will take part in the Freedom Online conference hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton kicked off the conference with keynote remarks on December 8, 2011. Text transcript will be posted to,, and DipNote as soon as they are available.

The conference launches an international coalition of states committed to working with businesses, civil society, and relevant stakeholders to take concrete actions to advance Internet freedom worldwide. Twenty-three countries are participating in the conference, as well as prominent activists and bloggers and representatives from leading NGOs, companies, and international organizations.

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.

The Secretary's speech will be rebroadcast at a 2:00 p.m. (EST) satellite event hosted by the Embassy of the Netherlands and Google at the Newseum in Washington, DC on Thursday, December 8, at which Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero will deliver keynote remarks. In addition, Ambassador Philip Verveer, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications & Information Policy, will participate in a panel discussion at the Newseum event.

For more information about the Freedom Online conference, visit: Follow the conversation on Twitter under the hashtag: #iFreedom.



Cristian D.
December 8, 2011

Cristian D. in Romania writes:

There cannot be other internet than the free internet.

Hat off, milady!

Be confident that my country, Romania, will fully support this.

United States
December 8, 2011

Zharkov in the U.S.A. writes:

Who could condemn internet freedom except cowardly leaders afraid of free speech by their own citizens?

Who would restrict internet liberty except tyrants, sociopaths, and psychopaths?

Hans p.
December 8, 2011

Hans P. in the Netherlands writes:

Why is Secretary Clinton speeking about freedom of internet and the USA is, and controling it, forbid cites, censor it,is buzy with a bill that is having big impackt on internet freedom?

Ashim C.
December 9, 2011

Ashim C. in India writes:

Freedom of internet undeniably is an important component human rights of modern times. In developing countries like for example India, there are human right organisations which champion the cause of separatists of J&K, maoists extremists, who have brought fear and anxiety to lives of millions. There are other so called civil society groups which subserve the interest of religious fundamentalism of all colours. These groups unite to thwart socio-economic development of India by obstructing land acquisition for industry and infrastructure, FDI in vital sectors of industry. These elements are active on internet too. They hardly talk substance, use obnoxious language and the better ones among them take positions based on irrelevent communist theories and cold war era presumptions. All of them sound very anti-establishment and therefore glorified by media. There has been no restriction on these so far in media and internet and self regulation does not seem to be working. Anybody can say anything; This is breeding disrespect for authority, indiscipline, preventing decision making and making our democracy itself dysfunctional. There is nothing wrong with the technology of internet but possibility of internet together with mass media being abused is a sad fact. Internet freedom has to be society specific as a solution. All stake holders must curb irresponsible usage first as it deliberates on ways and means to strengthen it.

Michigan, USA
December 9, 2011

Samra in Michigan writes:

Clinton speaking about anything to do with freedom, democracy and human rights is an outright joke and insulting to people with functioning brains. The only "democracy" that the U.S. supports is the kind that subjegates a weaker country into allowing our political and economic interests to take our the sovereignty of that nation. People need to wake up to these realities and hesitate when these terms are uttered by these political/economic "elites."


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