Summary

2/4/2013--Introduced.Global Online Freedom Act of 2013 - Makes it U.S. policy to: (1) promote the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media; (2)... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Feb 4, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

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,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

(a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Global Online Freedom Act of 2013''. (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 human rights due diligence. TITLE III--EXPORT CONTROLS ON CERTAIN TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT

Sec. 301. Export controls on certain telecommunications equipment.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

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 of repressive foreign governments...

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I support H.R. 491: Global Online Freedom Act of 2013 because... government and businesses shouldn't be able to tell me what I can't view and learn about

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GiannaKent
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10 months ago

I support H.R. 491: Global Online Freedom Act of 2013 because the Internet is the strongest tool for advancing the causes of freedom and dignity worldwide.

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Slingshot93003
CA-26
2 years ago

I support H.R. 491 ("To prevent United States businesses from cooperating with repressive governments in transforming the Internet into") because... Missing the Bill text, but this sounds like a great idea.

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RoosterVT
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2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 491 ("To prevent United States businesses from cooperating with repressive governments in transforming the Internet into") because...oddly enough, this is something I could support, but right now, coming from the U.S. Congress, I just can't stomach it. It reeks of pure hypocrisy.

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willy-um
FL-7
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 491 ("To prevent United States businesses from cooperating with repressive governments in transforming the Internet into") because...I oppose this bill because internet censure ship is here for a reason.

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ivengarland
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2 years ago

Bill Summary

2/4/2013--Introduced.Global Online Freedom Act of 2013 - Makes it U.S. policy to: (1) promote the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media; (2) use all appropriate instruments of U.S. influence to support the free flow of information without interference or discrimination; and (3) deter U.S. businesses from cooperating with Internet-restricting countries in effecting online censorship. Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the President should seek international agreements to protect Internet freedom; and (2) U.S. businesses operating in foreign countries should ensure online access to U.S.-supported websites and government reports, promote the security of Internet users, and limit censorship of protected political and religious speech and information. Amends the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to require assessments of freedom of expression with respect to electronic information in each foreign country. Directs the Secretary of State to annually designate Internet-restricting countries. Amends the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require each Internet communications service company that operates in an Internet-restricting country to include in its annual report information relating to: (1) human rights due diligence, (2) policies pertaining to the collection and disclosure of personally identifiable information, and (3) restrictions on Internet search engines or content hosting services. Sets forth an exception for companies that include in their annual report a certification of their participation in good standing with the Global Network Initiative or other specified multi-stakeholder initiatives. Amends the Export Administration Act of 1979, as continued in effect under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, to direct the Secretary of Commerce to: (1) establish a list of goods and technology that would assist a foreign government in acquiring the capability to carry out censorship, surveillance, or any other related activity through means of telecommunications, including the Internet; and (2) prohibit the export of listed goods or technology to a government end-user (including a wholly or partially government-owned telecommunications or Internet service provider) in any Internet-restricting country.

H.R. 490The Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act H.R. 492 FFOCUS Act of 2013