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Speech denounces countries that prevent the free flow of information to citizens

Americans and citizens of other free nations take many of our freedoms for granted. We can do and say what we want without fearing prison. We can get on the internet and get any information we want, even if other people don’t like it. In some countries, citizens can only access the information that their government wants them to see.

The most infamous country in the world for censoring what citizens can see online is China. China isn’t the lone country that censors access to information though; Tunisia and Uzbekistan both censor the internet, and Egypt has detained bloggers who disagree with the government before.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has denounced countries that use technology to prevent citizens from accessing information freely. Clinton delivered the speech on January 21 and outlined the five key freedoms of the internet age that will be used to help build U.S. policy.

Clinton's speech outlined the commitment of the U.S. to freedom of speech and worship online, the freedom to connect to the internet anywhere, and the freedom to live without fear of cyber attacks.

Clinton said, "Countries that restrict free access to information or violate the basic rights of Internet users risk walling themselves off from the progress of the next century. In the last year, we've seen a spike in threats to the free flow of information. China, Tunisia and Uzbekistan have stepped up their censorship of the Internet."

She continued saying, "[The internet] has already been a source of tremendous progress in China, and it is fabulous there are so many people in China now online." Clinton added, "The United States and China have different views on this issue. And we intend to address those differences candidly and consistently in the context of our positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship."

The comments come after the U.S. asked China for an explanation for the cyber attacks against search giant Google and 30 other U.S. companies that were targeted in attacks that originated in China. Google has stated that it may consider leaving the Chinese market due to the attacks and the censorship of its search results required by the Chinese government.



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OK....?
By Sazabi19 on 1/22/2010 10:23:17 AM , Rating: 1
Well hell, if it's Hillary then i guess they will all just uncensor everything, it is Hillary Clinton after all...

BTW, is'nt China still a male dominant society? As in women don't count as much? Just an after-thought. I'm sure she swayed them good;)




RE: OK....?
By zyzeast on 1/22/2010 11:48:47 AM , Rating: 2
you are thinking japan...


RE: OK....?
By Sazabi19 on 1/22/2010 1:48:51 PM , Rating: 2
I know the women in japan have classically been 2nd class citizens in Japan but have made strides much as american women did during the femenist movt. I was under the same impression for China, meant nothing negative by it. But honestly, we (US) doesnt even take Hilary siriously, why should anyone else? And the culture of Japan is changing rapidly, i lived there for 4 1/2 yrs, alot of the older women were still very docile and quiet, but the next gen of Japanese will not be quite the same way. The teenagers were louder, rowdy, and more rambunctius (not bad). It is honestly becoming more... Americanized? over there.


RE: OK....?
By zyzeast on 1/22/2010 2:51:52 PM , Rating: 2
Well it's definitely not the same in China. Women rights compared to males in China is no different than in the US. A lot of families still prefer to have a male child over a female child but that's another story completely.


RE: OK....?
By mindless1 on 1/23/2010 3:11:51 PM , Rating: 2
but that's not because Hilary is a woman, it's because she is psycho, and because her husband was caught getting BJ's while in office. If nothing else, who you not only pick to marry, but stay married to, says something about you.

I would call the shift in culture amongst the teenagers bad. They are basically adopting the "ME ME ME" self-centered consumer mentality which is also eroding the US workforce and educational system.

They can text message and twitter, but can they accept that only the top few percent will be making important decisions and the rest, all their employer wants of them is to shut up and obey commands?

Kids these days seem to think their purpose is to make the world change, instead of accepting their purpose is to make something that causes the world to want to change. There is a difference but they don't usually see it right away.


RE: OK....?
By clovell on 1/22/2010 3:33:09 PM , Rating: 4
The Secretary of State to the leader of the Free World delivered criticisms which stung Chna hard enough to give the typical BS propaganda response we've come to expect.

I can count the number of issues on which I agree with Hillary on one hand. I have fundamenal issues with most of what she believes in. At the same time, she is an amazing woman and is an example to women the world over that gender stereotypes can be overcome, and that women have a stake in leading and shaping our world.


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