open internet

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Transforming digital access in the Western Hemisphere

The Summit of the Americas, hosted by the United States in Los Angeles, will focus on digital improvements to catalyze a healthy economy.
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How to tell fact from fiction online — even in wartime

Don't be fooled by rogue sites pretending to be news. Here are some tips for evaluating online information.
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Bringing fast, affordable internet to Africa

U.S. investment is expanding internet access in Africa. Learn about projects that are empowering users and spurring economic growth.
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How technology can strengthen democracy

Activists are using technology to promote democracy initiatives. Find out how social justice movements use social media to build support.
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9 ways USAID strengthens democracy [photo gallery]

See USAID in action through these award-winning photos of programs in Georgia, Serbia, Ukraine, Jordan, Iraq, Mongolia and Jamaica.
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U.S. and EU seek to protect future innovation

The new U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council will seek to ensure that emerging technologies benefit the world rather than enable repression.
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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.