Posts Tagged ‘obama’

White House Blogs in Response to Anti-SOPA Petitions

Monday, January 16th, 2012

The White House has responded to online petitioning done by opponents of SOPA. In a blog post, IP czar Victoria Espinel, U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra, and national cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt wrote:

While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.

That’s very good to hear.

Obama Signs Law to Require State Department to Report on Blog Repression

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
Obama signing Daniel Pearl Act

President Obama talks with Adam Daniel Pearl, son of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, at the signing ceremony for the Daniel Pearl Act. (Official White House Photo)

On Monday, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R.3714, the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act. [pdf] [Thomas info]

The law requires the State Department to include information on press freedoms in human right assessments of foreign countries.

The act does not mention blogs or the internet specifically, but Obama’s remarks at the signing did: “All around the world there are enormously courageous journalists and bloggers who, at great risk to themselves, are trying to shine a light on the critical issues that the people of their country face; who are the frontlines against tyranny and oppression.”

The law’s requirements include, “a description of the status of freedom of the press, including initiatives in favor of freedom of the press and efforts to improve or preserve, as appropriate, the independence of the media, together with an assessment of progress made as a result of those efforts” and “an identification of countries in which there were violations of freedom of the press, including direct physical attacks, imprisonment, indirect sources of pressure, and censorship by governments, military, intelligence, or police forces, criminal groups, or armed extremist or rebel groups.”