US releases new cyberspace strategy
- Source: Global Times
- [00:10 May 18 2011]
By Jia Cheng
Chinese analysts said Tuesday that the US is seeking to maintain its dominant web technology position by formulating standards and rules, as the White House laid out its first ever comprehensive cyberspace strategy Monday that centered around seven key policy priorities.
The International Strategy for Cyberspace, unveiled at a White House event Monday, aims to foster a more open, secure, interoperable, and reliable cyberspace environment, and calls for an international coalition to maintain Internet freedoms and to prevent cyber crime, according to the statement published on the program’s official website.
Delivering the address at a special White House ceremony Monday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also called for the US government to work with the international community on standards to protect network security and strengthen law enforcement.
“There is no one-size-fits-all, straightforward route to this goal. We have to build a global consensus about a shared vision for cyberspace,” Reuters quoted Clinton as saying.
Tang Lan, deputy director of the Institute of Information and Social Development Studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, told the Global Times that this is the second biggest Internet strategy to come out of the US since President Barack Obama came to power.
The US intends to keep its dominant role in the area by setting standards and rules, while the country also aims to achieve its Internet strategic goals by disrupting network management in other countries, Tang added.
The new strategy codifies the Obama administration’s aggressive attempts to define the future of the Internet in the face of competing models such as that promoted by China, which practices greater control, Reuters said.
Tang said the US masters a number of core technologies for cyberspace usage, and it aims to continuously consolidate its advantages.
Seven key policy priorities, as outlined in the plan, would be the core of the US diplomatic outreach. Clinton has repeatedly underscored one of the priorities: Internet freedom.
She said the goal was an open global system that both fosters innovation and economic growth while strengthening security and freedom of expression, Reuters reported.
China’s growth in the Internet field has given rise to the belief that China and the US have online strategic conflicts.
According to Reuters, “The US approach has put it on a collision course with not only Beijing but also authoritarian governments elsewhere, particularly in the Middle East, where some governments have sought to use Internet controls to block expressions of political unrest sweeping the region.”
“The US treats the Internet as a strategic field,” said Ni Feng, deputy director of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, adding US use of Internet freedom to pressure other nations would cause more conflicts.
Agencies contributed to this story