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“The Internet has become the public space of the 21st century…We all shape and are shaped by what happens there, all 2 billion of us and counting. And that presents a challenge. To maintain an Internet that delivers the greatest possible benefits to the world, we need to have a serious conversation about the principles that will guide us…”
     —Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, 16 February 2011

CyberSecurity News

26 March 2014 Fact Sheet: U.S.-EU Cyber Cooperation   The new high-level U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue announced at the 2014 U.S.-EU Summit will formalize and broaden our cooperation on cyber issues, building on shared commitments and achievements in key areas.

12 February 2014 Obama on New Cybersecurity Framework   "Today I was pleased to receive the Cybersecurity Framework, which reflects the good work of hundreds of companies, multiple federal agencies, and contributors from around the world. This voluntary Framework is a great example of how the private sector and government can, and should, work together to meet this shared challenge."

2013

13 February 2013 Presidential Policy Directive -- Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience advances a national unity of effort to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning, and resilient critical infrastructure.

13 February 2013 Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity The President issued an Executive Order yesterday directing federal departments and agencies to use their existing authorities to provide better cybersecurity for the Nation.

11 February 2013 U.S. Envoy at OSCE on Internet 2013 Conference  Ambassador Kelly: "the United States will be participating. My government remains convinced ... that that government is best which governs the Internet least. This is the philosophy Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Baer and the U.S. delegation will advocate at the conference. We are pleased the conference will feature such important topics as freedom of expression and the multi-stakeholder approach to Internet governance, and we anticipate interesting discussions led by a diverse group of experts from across the OSCE region"

05 February 2013 International Treaty Puts Free Internet in Jeopardy     The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission warned U.S. lawmakers that the Internet “is under assault” following a United Nations telecommunications treaty that was adopted in December 2012 by the U.N.'s International Telecommunications Union  at an international conference in Dubai.

 2012

14 December 2012 U.S., Allies Reject Internet Regulation in Telecom Treaty  The United States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia are among about 20 nations that refused to sign a new treaty on global telecommunications, which has been in development at the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.   The U.S. delegation and like-minded nations walked away from the overall agreement December 13 because of clauses that could serve as groundwork for government regulation of the Internet.

13 December 2012 Ambassador Kramer's Remarks on World Telecommunications Meeting

13 December 2012 U.S. Intervention at the World Conference on International Telecommunications 

07 December 2012 U.S. and Allies Work to Block Increased Internet Regulation  The United States and allies from Europe and the Western Hemisphere are standing firm against proposals that might allow increased government regulation of Internet content and content providers at the World Conference on International Telecommunications under way in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

06 December 2012 Development and Progress of the World Conference on International Telecommunications Currently Being Held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates Until December 14, 2012

03 December 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications Opens in Dubai 

30 November 2012 U.S. Opposes Attempts to Limit Communications Freedom  The United States will support expanded availability of Internet access and affordable broadband service when the World Conference on International Telecommunications convenes in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 3–14.

29 November 2012 Ambassador Kramer on International Telecommunications Conference Preview of the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 3–14.

26 November 2012 Crossroads Ahead for Global Info Tech, U.S. Official Says  At the global conference on information technology convening in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 3–14, the United States is ready to defend policies that will support “infrastructure, innovation and inclusion,” according to Julius Genachowski, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

12 October 2012 Panetta Spells Out Defense Department's Role in Cybersecurity  Panetta has stressed the importance of cybersecurity since taking office last year. In addition, the secretary has warned about a “cyber–Pearl Harbor” many times, including during testimony before Congress.  The speech before BENS aboard the USS Intrepid Museum is the secretary’s clearest discussion to date of DOD’s responsibility in the cyberdomain.
 • Defense Secretary Panetta on National Security, Cybersecurity

20 July 2012 President Calls for Legislation for Cyber Defense   President Obama is urging lawmakers to strengthen U.S. defenses against cyber warfare.  The president said the key to effective defense against cyber attack is sharing of information.
 • Obama on Taking the Cyberattack Threat Seriously
 • The Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative

20 July 2012  No Nation Can Combat Cybercrime Alone, Attorney General Says Emphasizing that no nation or government can combat cybercrime alone, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged greater international cooperation in developing a global strategy to fight a variety of Internet- and technology-based crimes at the Singapore Academy of Law in Singapore.

31 May 2012 Republicans, Democrats Unite to Oppose Internet Rules  A proposal to increase Internet regulation by the International Telecommunication Union or some other arm of the U.N. system is bringing unanimity among the various power centers in the U.S. government. Republicans, Democrats, the Obama administration, the industry and the community of nonprofit groups devoted to the Internet all oppose change in the current governance structure that is fundamentally based in the private sector.

14 March 2012 U.S.-UK Joint Fact Sheet : U.S.-UK Progress Towards a Freer and More Secure Cyberspace 

02 February 2012 U.S. Government Works to Enhance Cyberdefenses  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano led a delegation of top U.S. intelligence and security officials in a Senate briefing on threats posed by computer attacks as lawmakers consider a new measure to strengthen cyberdefenses.

2011

02 November 2011 No to Government Control of the Internet, Biden Says  Addressing a conference in London that is meeting to discuss how to make the Internet more secure, Vice President Biden said a proposed “international legal instrument” to govern the Web would stifle free speech and the ability of people all over the world to interact as they choose.

London Conference on Cyberspace, 01-02 November 2011

The London Confererence on Cyberspace will launch a focused and inclusive dialogue to help guide the behaviour of all in cyberspace.   We will be streaming the conference live from our Facebook page.

 

25 October 2011 Activists Use Info Tech to Dodge Oppressors, Official Says  Democracy activists in some repressive countries are protecting themselves from harassment with technology training they received from the U.S. Department of State.   The U.S. assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, Michael Posner, offered a few insights into the programs.
 • Assistant Secretary Posner on Free Speech in the Digital Age

19 October 2011 International Conversation on Cybersecurity Is Under Way  Cybersecurity is the fundamental base supporting all Internet activity, be it political, economic or social. October, recognized as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month since 2002 in the United States, is a time when governments, businesses and individuals must all recognize their role in maintaining cybersecurity, according to the U.S. State Department’s coordinator for cyber issues, Christopher Painter.

18 October 2011 Foreign Press Center Briefing with State Department Coordinator for Cyber Issues Christopher Painter

14 July 2011 International Cyber Diplomacy: Promoting Openness, Security and Prosperity in a Networked World (factsheet)

16 May 2011 U.S. Seeks Global Consensus for Open, Secure Cyberspace The Obama administration has unveiled an international strategy for cyberspace, outlining how it intends to promote an open and secure Internet that is available and interoperable around the world.
 • Secretary Clinton on U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace
 • International Strategy for Cyberspace (30-page/2.3Mb PDF)

15 February 2011 Internet Freedom Essential to Peace, Prosperity, Clinton Says  An open, secure Internet that is accessible to all is crucial to peace and economic prosperity, says Secretary of State Hillary  Clinton.   “We are convinced that an open Internet fosters long-term peace, progress and prosperity,” Clinton said in a speech delivered February 15 at George Washington University in Washington. An Internet that can be blocked and censored, she said, “can cut off opportunities for peace and progress and discourage innovation and entrepreneurship.”
 • Secretary Clinton: Internet Rights and Wrongs
 • Factsheet on Internet Freedom

09 February 2011 U.S. Adapts Counterterrorism Efforts to Evolving Threats  The U.S. is continually adapting its "counterterrorism techniques to effectively detect, deter and prevent terrorist acts," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says.