Choosing to speak at George Washington University, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the role of the Internet as the ”world’s town square” in light of the recent events in Egypt and surrounding countries.
Secretary Clinton’s landmark speech from last year called for global protection of the freedom to connect combining the freedoms of expression, assembly and association online. In her recent remarks, Clinton notes that there is “no silver bullet in the struggle against Internet repression” which makes a commitment to principles and dialogue even more compelling.
Clinton’s proposal for a serious discussion about the guiding principles and relevant rules and behaviors mirrors the ongoing efforts of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) companies like Yahoo!, Microsoft, and Google through the Global Network Initiative (GNI). GNI responded to Secretary Clinton’s speech the next day, welcoming the collaborative approach among civil society groups, governments, and ICT companies.
See here for a full transcript & video of Secretary Clinton’s remarks.