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Dan Schiller

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038761

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038761.001.0001

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“A New Foreign Policy Imperative”

“A New Foreign Policy Imperative”

(p.161) Chapter 11 “A New Foreign Policy Imperative”
Digital Depression

Dan Schiller

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on the Obama Administration's International Strategy for Cyberspace which, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared, constituted nothing less than “a new foreign policy imperative.” It examines several interlocked U.S. Executive Branch initiatives that were organized during the digital depression in an effort to affirm and bolster U.S. policy for the extraterritorial internet. The Department of State's contribution to this policy program was to project a refurbished rhetoric of human rights centered on what Secretary Clinton in 2010 pronounced as “internet freedom.” The chapter considers the role played by Google in the State Department's cyberspace initiative, which signaled the United States's determination to project power over critical internet resources and over the extraterritorial internet, primarily in an attempt to secure the continued, untrammeled movement of data throughout networked commodity chains.

Keywords:   extraterritorial internet, Obama Administration, International Strategy for Cyberspace, foreign policy, digital depression, Department of State, human rights, internet freedom, Google, commodity chains

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