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Clinton To Renew Push For Free Use Of Internet

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in a major policy speech today, will reaffirm U.S. support for a free and open use of the Internet.

The State Department said that in remarks to be delivered at George Washington University, she will say that restricting the Internet will not hold back popular demand for democratic reform in the Middle East and elsewhere and that the United States is ready to help dissidents evade cyber restrictions to promote human rights and democracy in repressive states.

The State Department said Clinton will also "underscore the importance of safeguarding both liberty and security, transparency and confidentiality, and freedom of expression and tolerance."

Clinton's remarks are her second major address on the topic of Internet freedom since becoming the U.S. top diplomat.

compiled from agency reports