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 reacting:
- 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: 'self-publishing')."
- 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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