To prevent United States businesses from cooperating with repressive governments in transforming the Internet into a tool of censorship and surveillance, to fulfill the responsibility of the United... Read More


This bill was introduced on Mar 27, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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To prevent United States businesses from cooperating with repressive governments in transforming the Internet into a tool of censorship and surveillance, to fulfill the responsibility of the United States Government to promote freedom of expression on the Internet, to restore public confidence in the integrity of United States businesses, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


(a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Global Online Freedom Act of 2011''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. Sec. 2. Findings. Sec. 3. Definitions. Sec. 4. Severability. TITLE I--PROMOTION OF GLOBAL INTERNET FREEDOM

Sec. 101. Statement of policy. Sec. 102. Sense of Congress. Sec. 103. Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Sec. 104. Annual designation of Internet-restricting countries; report. Sec. 105. Report on trade-related issues or disputes due to government censorship or disruption of the Internet. TITLE II--CORPORATE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY TO PROTECT ONLINE FREEDOM

Sec. 201. Disclosure of blocking and surveillance by Internet communications services companies. TITLE III--EXPORT CONTROLS ON CERTAIN TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT

Sec. 301. Export controls on certain telecommunications equipment.


Congress makes the following findings: (1) The political and economic benefits of the Internet are important to advancing democracy and freedom throughout the world, but the potential benefits of this transformative technology are under attack by authoritarian governments; (2) A number...

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Freedom House Endorses Global Online Freedom Act December 8, 2011 Freedom House supports the Global Online Freedom Act (GOFA) 2.0, which was introduced today in the U.S. Congress as H.R. 3605. The bill, which would hinder the ability of U.S. companies to sell surveillance and censorship technologies to repressive governments, is crucial to the promotion of global internet freedom. “U.S. companies are reported to have sold technologies for monitoring digital communications and censoring online content to repressive governments in the Middle East and elsewhere,” said Daniel Calingaert, vice president for policy at Freedom House. “GOFA is the first serious legislative proposal to stop sales of U.S. technology that is used to violate human rights.” The bill would prohibit exports of surveillance and censorship technologies to countries that restrict the internet. It would also require U.S. technology companies to disclose their policies for collecting and sharing personal data and for blocking access to online content. “The explosive growth of social media and internet use generally is being met by increasingly sophisticated forms of repression,” continued Calingaert. “More and more governments are eavesdropping on the communications of human rights activists and restricting internet users’ access to information, such as independent news websites and peaceful online political discussions.”

Freedom House 3 years ago

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H.R. 3604 Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act H.R. 3606the JOBS Act