US to boost support for cyber dissidents

February 15, 2011 20:43

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will pump $25 million this year into helping cyber dissidents foil Internet repression in autocratic states and plans to broaden the reach of its online mini-appeals for human rights and democracy by creating Twitter feeds that cater to audiences in China, Russia and India.

In a speech extolling Internet freedom, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said fighting governmental curbs on freedom of expression in cyberspace is not easy. But Clinton also said the U.S. is committed to ensuring that the Internet remains open for discourse and that governments that try to restrict the Internet are fighting losing battles.

She also said the State Department, after launching Twitter accounts in Arabic and Farsi last week, would soon begin tweeting in Chinese, Hindi and Russian.

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