Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking a gathering at the Newseum yesterday, called for greater Internet freedom and greater cooperation with the international community in combating cyber threats.
“Disruptions in these systems demand a coordinated response by all governments, the private sector, and the international community,” she said.
As law enforcement looks increasingly toward combating Internet crime, cooperation protocols must be enhanced across state and national borders. The State Department is working toward diplomatic solutions to cyber security issues.
Clinton called on the international community to openly condemn individuals engaged in cyber attacks against U.S. networks. “Countries or individuals that engage in cyber attacks should face consequences and international condemnation. In an Internet-connected world, an attack on one nation’s networks can be an attack on all. And by reinforcing that message, we can create norms of behavior among states and encourage respect for the global networked commons, she said.”
During her remarks, Clinton highlighted the recent censoring actions by several nations, including China and Iran. She discussed the use of Internet technology by forces seeking just social change and the corresponding restrictions by regimes determined to stifle dissension.
Clinton said: “We stand for a single Internet where all of humanity has equal access to knowledge and ideas. And we recognize that the world’s information infrastructure will become what we and others make of it.”