NY Times Global Edition (1) reports:
 Google executives were convicted of violating Italian privacy laws …, the first case to hold the company's executives criminally responsible for the content posted on its system.... Still, the upshot of the ruling, if it prevails on appeal, is that Google will be expected in Italy to monitor the content it hosts.... the Google spokesman, said that would be impossible considering that 20 hours of video are uploaded to its site every minute.Excerpted from Remarks on Internet Freedom, 1/21/10 Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State.
Governments and citizens must have confidence that the networks at the core of their national security and economic prosperity are safe and resilient. Now this is about more than petty hackers who deface websites. Our ability to bank online, use electronic commerce, and safeguard billions of dollars in intellectual property are all at stake if we cannot rely on the security of our information networks….The freedom to connect to these technologies can help transform societies, but it is also critically important to individuals. I was recently moved by the story of a doctor – and I won’t tell you what country he was from – who was desperately trying to diagnose his daughter’s rare medical condition. He consulted with two dozen specialists, but he still didn’t have an answer. But he finally identified the condition, and found a cure, by using an internet search engine. That's one of the reasons why unfettered access to search engine technology is so important in individuals’ lives….
Franklin Roosevelt built on these ideas when he delivered his Four Freedoms speech in 1941. Now, at the time, Americans faced a cavalcade of crises and a crisis of confidence. But the vision of a world in which all people enjoyed freedom of expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear transcended the troubles of his day….That's why today I'm announcing that over the next year, we will work with partners in industry, academia, and nongovernmental organizations to establish a standing effort that will harness the power of connection technologies and apply them to our diplomatic goals. By relying on mobile phones, mapping applications, and other new tools, we can empower citizens and leverage our traditional diplomacy.…Let me give you one example. ...
We'll be asking Americans to send us their best ideas for applications and technologies that help break down language barriers, overcome illiteracy, connect people to the services and information they need. Microsoft, for example, has already developed a prototype for a digital doctor that could help provide medical care in isolated rural communities. We want to see more ideas like that. And we'll work with the winners of the competition and provide grants to help build their ideas to scale.
(1)http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/25/technology/companies/25google.html?ref=europe see news article for EU directive info electronic commerce info
(2)http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2010/01/135519.htm The Newseum,Washington, DC.
Below- note on US Dept of State, the Global Health Initiative.
2/19/10 Visit the DIPNOTE (3)- Ambassador Eric Goosby shares the latest news on the Global Health Initiative (GHI):
Earlier this month, the Obama Administration revealed an important new piece of its foreign policy agenda: a consultation document on the strategy for GHI. This document outlines the U.S. Government's operation plan for the GHI, emphasizing integration of programming, implementation of sustainable efforts, efficient approaches with positive results and collaboration among partners….
As a result of the remarkable successes the [U.S. Govt] has achieved with partner nations against HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in the past decade,…This initiative represents a new and innovative way of doing business for the U.S. Government, promoting coordination among agencies and programs to avoid duplication of efforts and maximize the impact of each dollar invested. As part of GHI, PEPFAR will work closely with other U.S. Govt programs to build the efficiency and effectiveness of national health systems, strengthening their ability to meet the variety of health needs individuals face, including HIV-related needs.