January 21st, 2010
09:21 AM ET
5 years ago

Hillary Clinton to urge technological freedom of speech

Clinton will address freedom of speech and the Internet Thursday
Clinton will address freedom of speech and the Internet Thursday

Washington (CNN) - The Internet and other technologies are critical to foreign policy, and those who engage in cyber attacks should face international condemnation, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to say Thursday, her office said.

"In an interconnected world, an attack on one nation's networks can be an attack on all," Clinton will stress during a talk at The Newseum in Washington.

Her comments come as search-engine giant Google is threatening to shut down its operations in China, five years after agreeing to allow some censorship in exchange for the right to work in that country's massive emerging technology market.

Clinton has said that Google's allegations of censorship and online attacks by China raised "very serious concerns." The State Department has said it will file a formal protest over the complaints.

Also this month, foreign correspondents in at least two China bureaus of news organizations had their Google e-mail accounts attacked, with e-mails forwarded to a mysterious address, according to the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China.


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  1. Mike Syracuse, NY

    I'm sure China is quaking in their boots that Hillary is displeased.

    January 21, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. Terry from West Texas

    It is very disappointing that free market capitalists are so eager to take the money offered by totalitarian governements (like that of Communist China) and are so willing to help them oppress their citizens. I have read that corporate CEOs particularly like doing business with highly centralized, very oppressive governements because there are fewer people to bribe.

    Apparently, our CEOs were so busy taking accounting classes that they never got around to Political Science and history courses.

    January 21, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. "No one gets to walk between the rain." (Quote from Bob Seger); Randall in Torrance, CA (with two Master's Degrees from Western Washington University)

    Why does "Under God We Trust" U.S. keep doing business with Communist China? Why do REAL Christians keep supporting GOP policies of the Gospel of Wealth? Come on Christian Americans, we're all waiting to hear your supreme answer if you can fabricate one in time.

    January 21, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. rachel

    I know the bashers will be here soon, but good Job Hillary!

    January 21, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. John in Dayton

    I agree with Secretary Clinton – the Internet is an important component of free speech. Hackers should be tried and face consequences for their actions.

    January 21, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  6. Scott, Tucson

    Maybe Hillary can explain why she and the State Department are issuing a visa to yet another terrorist name Tariq Ramadan? Talk about a pre 9/11 mindset.

    January 21, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. Willy Brown

    Clinton says; babble, babble, babble.

    January 21, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. Dutch the Great

    China has been starting a cyber war with us. It's only right that some justice is delivered. Let's not even get to Iran and their surpression of the peoples right to free speech.

    January 21, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. Minnie

    Obama with his bad remarks about America and his bowing to his muslim brothers has done more to put America down than anyone.

    January 21, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. Joe Nations

    Clinton needs to delegate this to someone who knows about the cyber world. She is not a cyber expert.

    January 21, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. RahmAxleRod SuperTroopers

    Shes running.

    January 21, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. Azure

    I'd be surprised if Hill doesn't run for Prez now.

    January 21, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. Melissa

    Goody. Someone with a brain.

    January 21, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |