In today’s world, there’s no sustainable way for a country to seal itself off electronically by dropping an iron curtain on the Internet…
Tear down that wall — demand a single, global, and open Internet.
John Kerry on DipNote, April 30, 2014
Every day, governments around the world devote precious resources to Internet censorship. It is 21st Century book burning — and it doesn’t make anyone stronger.
Assistant Secretary Doug Frantz on DipNote, March 21, 2014
Building Consensus in Support of a Global, Inclusive, Free, and Open Internet

Next week, the United States will join the Member States of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) at the fifth World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF) in Geneva.  The U.S. comes to Geneva expecting a consensus outcome to the discussions there but also to renew our commitment to understanding the needs and challenges some countries have with respect to the Internet. MORE

Closing the Internet Gender Gap

Female Indian students pose with tablet computers in New Delhi, India, Oct. 5, 2011. [AP File Photo]

About the Authors: Melanne Verveer serves as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. Ambassador Verveer co-authored this entry with Shelly Esque. This entry appeared first on The Huffington Post.

There is no doubt that over the last decade, the Internet has created a revolution. Never before has information been so widely available or people better connected to one another. The Internet can be a great equalizer. And yet, access to it is not equally distributed. Notably, Internet access for both men and women in North America is nearly five times that of Africa.

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The Necessity of an Inclusive, Transparent, and Participatory Internet

Students use smart phones in Seoul, South Korea, Oct. 3, 2011. [AP File Photo]

About the Authors: Ambassador Philip L. Verveer serves as U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy at the U.S. Department of State, Lawrence E. Strickling serves as Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and Julius Genachowski serves as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

On the eve of the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), we believe that it is the right time to reaffirm the U.S. government’s commitment to the multi-stakeholder model as the appropriate process… more »

U.S. Department of State Participates in World IPv6 Day
People surf the Internet at a cafe in Frankfurt, Germany, Nov. 10, 2005. [AP File Photo]

The State Department has joined Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Akamai and Limelight Networks and other major organizations in offering their content over IPv6 for a 24-hour “test flight” from 8:00 p.m. (EDT) on June 7 through 8:00 p.m. on June 8. The goal of the Test Flight Day is to motivate organizations across the industry — Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies — to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out. With the expected success of this test, the Department will be well-placed to make the permanent transition to IPv6 in 2012.

Internet Protocol (IP) is the set of rules computers use to transmit data over the Internet. The existing protocol supporting the… more »

Shutdown of the Internet in Syria

Syrian use the Internet at an internet cafe in Damascus on March 1,2008. [AP File Photo]

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton released the following statement today on the shutdown of the Internet in Syria:

"We are deeply concerned by reports that Internet service has been shut down across much of Syria, as have some mobile communication networks. We condemn any effort to suppress the Syrian people’s exercise of their rights to free expression, assembly, and association.

"Two weeks ago, the White House released the International Strategy for Cyberspace, which noted that ‘States should not arbitrarily deprive or disrupt individuals’ access to the Internet or other networked technologies.’ We condemn such shutdowns in the strongest terms.

"The Syrian government has a history of restricting the Internet in an attempt to prevent the Syrian people… more »

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the release of the Obama Administration’s International Strategy for Cyberspace at the White House on May 16, 2011.