As the Google-China standoff
continues, Hillary Clinton gave an address this morning declaring that
all people are entitled to five human freedoms: the four first
articulated by FDR in 1941 (freedom of speech, freedom of worship,
freedom from want, freedom from fear) plus a new one for the Internet
age: freedom to connect. Here's how foreign policy and tech experts are
Impressive up to a Point, rules Foriegn Policy's Joshua Keating.
"Impressive in its acceptance of the nuances and ambiguities of
Internet policy, but ... underdeveloped and lacking teeth." The address
was, he thinks, "less the introduction of a new initiative or vision,
than a promise to develop such a vision."
Cold War 2.0 "Clinton's speech, in many ways," suggests Wired's Nathan Hodge,
"was a 21st-century remix of an Cold War theme, comparing internet
censorship in countries like China, Uzbekistan and Vietnam to
Soviet-style restrictions on press freedom." This extended even to word
choice, he says: "the failed Sovietologist in me was glad to see
Clinton dust off a word like samizdat (самиздат, literally:
Too Much Cold War The speech "smacked of
a memo written by a bunch of confused Kremlinologists," complains
Foreign Policy's other commenter on the address, Evgeny Morozov.
Furthermore, he continues, "Clinton was too soft on China," excusing
too much on the basis of "different views." Nor does he think the State
Department has a terribly coherent policy on cyber-attacks
Well, I Liked It The Atlantic's James Fallows
calls the address "very tough and (so far)"--he writes from the middle
of it--"very tightly reasoned ... I have the sense while listening that
this is an event and a statement that will be studied and discussed for
quite a while."
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