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 Information and communication technologies provide access and opportunity for people from all parts of the globe [photo provided by the International Telecommunication Union]Information and communication technologies provide access and opportunity for people from all parts of the globe [photo provided by the International Telecommunication Union]

"...I believe very strongly that the internet is possibly one of the greatest tools for democratization and individual freedom that we've ever seen. And I know that there are a lot of governments across the world that are trying to block it, trying to regulate it, trying to make sure that people can't really use it to its full advantage. And they may have some minimal success, but they really won't be able to undermine its power ."

Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Remarks at Google Headquarters
Mountain View, California


"[O]ne of the things that makes the Internet profoundly different and makes our time profoundly different than any other time in human history [is] the ability for everyone, when they have access to the Internet, to have access to the world's knowledge. Through that access to the world's knowledge, people can find the path forward to economic development, social improvement, and, ultimately, of course, to political freedom."

Ambassador David A. Gross, Deputy Assistant Secretary and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy
Remarks to the Second Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Calendar of Upcoming Events:

Mar 12-13    57th Meeting of the OECD/ICCP    Paris
April 22-24    World Telecommunications Policy Forum (WTPF)    Lisbon


The International Communication and Information Policy (CIP) group is one of seven issue-oriented organizations within the Bureau of Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. CIP advocates international policies for expanded access to information and communication technologies (ICT), improved efficiency in the worldwide ICT and telecommunications market through increased reliance on free-market forces, and fair opportunities for U.S. companies to participate in this important sector around the globe. In supporting such policies, CIP supports foreign policy goals of empowering people by giving them fuller access to a wealth of educational opportunities, information resources and forums for exchange of ideas. Additionally, an efficient ICT and telecommunications global structure creates a healthier environment for U.S. companies doing business in all sectors, improving the standard of living at home and abroad.

  
Highlights

Enhanced Cooperation, Internet Governance 
December 5, 2008  

Security, Privacy and Openness on the Internet 
December 4, 2008

Securing the Future of a Safe and Free Internet
November 12, 2008

Pakistan Telemedicine Project | Video
October 24, 2008

Bridging Gaps with Information and Communication Technologies and the Internet
October 22, 2008

There Is Hope
October 11, 2008

New Media vs. New Censorship: The Authoritarian Assault on Information
September 10, 2008

Afghanistan's Communications Revolution
September 8, 2008

Fighting for Worldwide Internet Freedom
August 14, 2008

The Internet Economy
August 8, 2008

Building on Success
June 13, 2008

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