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State Dept. Ramping Up Internet Freedom Work

Internet freedom has become a high priority at the State Department, where diplomats are stepping up pressure on repressive regimes to end online censorship.

A senior official explains how the State Department is pursuing its policy objectives on the issue through a variety of diplomatic, policy and monitoring efforts. Datamation takes a look.

WASHINGTON -- The State Department has made Internet censorship a key pillar of its foreign policy and now factors the issue into its diplomatic relations with every other nation, a senior official from the department said on Friday.

In every meeting with foreign dignitaries, "this issue is on the table," Alec Ross, senior advisor for innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said here at an event hosted by the Media Access Project, a nonprofit law firm and advocacy group.

Read the full story at Datamation:
Net Censorship Central to U.S. Foreign Policy