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[liberationtech] US State Department not for internet freedom - Opinion - Al Jazeera English by EFF staffer

Jillian York jyork at cyber.law.harvard.edu
Fri Nov 18 15:13:49 PST 2011


Here's the letter (opens as PDF):
www.mpaa.org/Resources/55b3874e-ad7c-40b0-b33f-760ca5d23390.pdf

I find the sentence about the Arab Spring pretty rich, considering State's
utter inaction on Bahrain, not to mention their slow response (aside from
Alec's tweets) regarding the myriad surveillance exports to Syria.

On Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 3:00 PM, Evgeny Morozov <evgeny.morozov at gmail.com>wrote:

> Katrin:
>
> If Clinton has no way of influencing the debate on SOPA and related net
> freedom issues, then, perhaps, it was a dumb idea to frame the "net freedom
> agenda" as she/DoS did in both of her speeches.
>
> Tactically, State Department's silence on this issue is a disaster. Few
> outside of the US know the intricacies of domestic policy-making (e.g.
> who's allowed to talk about what) but everyone surely knows about the
> benchmark they set for the USG with "net freedom" rhetoric. USG has by any
> possible measure fallen short of that benchmark and Clinton, so keen to
> tout net freedom in China and Iran, says nothing about it (or, worse, says
> something mildly supportive). How is that NOT an issue for the State
> Department?
>
> I think AJE piece is very well-argued and does highlight the inept nature
> of DoS's rhetorical construction of the net freedom problem.
>
> Evgeny
>
> On Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 5:48 PM, Katrin Verclas <katrin at mobileactive.org>wrote:
>
>> Is the Clinton letter online somewhere in its entirety?
>>
>> This is a really poorly argued piece if it's based on that one sentence
>> from Clinton's letter. The gal has to answer Congress but can't lobby for
>> or against legislation. Talk to anyone at State - they do not like SOPA
>> there. Obviously, the author did not bother.  And, who would disagree with
>> her statement? It's finely worded but certainly not an 'endorsement'.
>>
>> Seems unusually gratuitous and an entirely red herring to focus on DOS
>> when it's a bunch of Congressional hacks who drive the legislation,
>> supported by pretty big money from pharma and old media/Hollywood.
>>
>> Katrin
>>
>>
>> Sent via mobile. Hence, short.
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Miles Fidelman <mfidelman at meetinghouse.net>
>> Sender: liberationtech-bounces at lists.stanford.edu
>> Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 17:05:27
>> To: <liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu>
>> Subject: [liberationtech] US State Department not for internet freedom -
>>  Opinion - Al Jazeera English by EFF staffer
>>
>> Fallout from SOPA:
>>
>>
>> http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2011/11/20111116141248301243.html
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