On January 21st, 2010 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech on Internet freedom and security. She stressed the impact of Chinese censorship policies. She warned how Internet could be used by some repressive governments to “crush dissent and deny human rights.”

In her speech, she promised funding to organizations promoting Internet freedom. The speech explored the entire issue of Internet freedom not only Chinese Internet censorship issues. It was however clear that China was a major element of the critics from a statement made by Google and the swift support it received from the US government. Google has recently expressed its wish to stop self-censoring its Chinese service.

The US secretary of state sees Internet access as key to America’s promotion of democracy abroad. Clinton is ready to make internet freedom a policy priority.