Open Internet

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Defending technology from authoritarian abuse

The U.S. is working with international partners to ensure the responsible development of technology and to prevent authoritarian misuse.
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The dire cost of Burma’s internet shutdown [infographic]

Burma's military has blocked the internet to stymie calls for democracy. Learn more about the far-reaching effects of denying the right to information.
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A free press requires an open internet

Free expression on the internet is a human rights issue, and organizations such as Access Now and the Freedom Online Coalition are standing up for it.
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U.S. helps allies fight cyberattacks

U.S. cyber experts are helping other nations preserve democracy by defending against online attacks. Find out which nations are fighting cyberattacks.
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Iran’s regime spends billions to limit citizens’ internet access

Iran is spending billions on an intranet that would block access to the internet. Find out about the regime's plan to control access to information.
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Want democracy? Keep the press free and active.

A strong democracy encourages a free press — one that keeps the public informed, enables a diversity of voices, and holds leaders accountable.
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Report outlines Beijing’s global media manipulation

Beijing uses propaganda, censorship and control of digital networks to manipulate public opinion around the world, a new report says.
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The U.S. stands with the Iranian people

The U.S. is supporting human rights in Iran after the regime's brutal crackdown on the Iranian people's expression of basic freedoms.
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Why is China so afraid of a free press?

According to a new global survey, more journalists are imprisoned in China than in any other country, as the result of Chinese Communist Party actions.