State Department Scheduled To Announce Policy Supporting Internet Freedom For Those Living Under Oppressive Regimes Overseas

ACLU Urges Government To Protect Internet Freedom At Home FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org WASHINGTON – The New York Times reported today that the Secretary of State will announce a new policy on Internet freedom, emphasizing the importance of Internet access to those living under oppressive regimes. The announcement comes as the House holds hearings this week on “net neutrality” principles that would protect free speech online in the U.S. The following can be attributed to Jameel Jaffer, Director of the ACLU Center for Democracy: “The State Department is right that technology can be a force for democratic change, and the last few weeks have provided new evidence of that. The Internet can help individuals communicate, organize, advocate and debate – all of which are necessary to democracy. There is a jarring disconnect, though, between the administration’s pro-privacy policies abroad and its pro-surveillance policies at home. Americans deserve the same privacy protections that the State Department is eager to secure for people overseas.

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State Department Scheduled To Announce Policy Supporting Internet Freedom For Those Living Under Oppressive Regimes Overseas