Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Senate Passes Kaufman Resolution Condemning Cyber Attack Against Google in China

Resolution reaffirms support for Internet and press freedom globally

February 3, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – The Senate on Tuesday evening unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution, S.Res.405, introduced by Senator Ted Kaufman (D-DE) condemning recent cyber attacks launched against Google in China and reaffirming strong support for freedom of expression and press freedom around the world. In the case of the Google attack – where at least 34 other major companies were also reportedly targeted – evidence suggests the attackers’ primary goal was to access Gmail accounts of journalists, human rights activists and dissidents.
 
The resolution calls on the Chinese government to conduct a thorough review of these cyber attacks, and to make the results of the investigation transparent. It also voices support for a recent initiative announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to encourage Internet freedom by promoting technology to circumvent electronic censorship and monitoring worldwide.  Finally, it highlights the range of efforts within China to restrict press freedom and freedom of expression, especially on the Internet.  
 
“Last night, the Senate spoke in one voice, calling on the Chinese government to investigate and explain the recent cyber attacks and expressing serious concern about ongoing attempts by China and other countries to restrict press and Internet freedom,” said Kaufman. “This resolution reaffirms freedom of expression and the press as cornerstones of U.S. foreign policy, and we will continue to take measures to promote these fundamental freedoms and rights globally. Governments who use technology to silence their citizens or restrict the free flow of information should consider themselves on notice.”
 
Kaufman, a member for 13 years of the Broadcasting Board of Governors – the independent, autonomous body that oversees U.S. international broadcasting including Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Alhurra – has been one of the leading voices in the Senate supporting international press freedom and freedom of expression. In addition to Kaufman co-authoring the Victims of Iranian Censorship Act (VOICE), which authorized funds for the development of technologies that will help the Iranian people evade electronic censorship and monitoring, he introduced two resolutions – S.Res. 196 and S.Res.386 – which condemned Iranian restrictions on freedom of the press and freedom of expression. Both resolutions passed the Senate unanimously.
 
Other co-sponsors of S.Res.405 include Senators Sam Brownback (R-KS), Bob Casey (D-PA), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Jim Webb (D-VA), Arlen Specter (D-PA) and John McCain (R-AZ).

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