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Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 02/15/2011

Clinton's internet freedom speech: What should she say? (Live now)

By T.J. Ortenzi
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A protester carries a sign referring to ousted Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak as she shouts slogans during a demonstration against Mubarak in front of the Egyptian Embassy in Beirut. The sign is a mockup of a Facebook friend request page. (Sharif Karim/Reuters)

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to deliver a "major policy address" today about Internet freedom.

According to the Associated Press, Clinton will warn that governments if you repress citizens online, you do so at your own risk.

Clinton's speech comes at a sensitive time for North African and Middle Eastern countries that are struggling to contain protests inspired by revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia.

What do you think Clinton should say? Do you view Internet freedom as a human right? Some argue that without social media protesters would not have been successful.

When Egypt pulled the plug on Internet access, the Post's Monica Hesse examined a question that "on its face, sounds ludicrous":

"...It's not the loss of Flickr pages and Tumblogs and Sad Keanus that constitutes human rights abuse. Not really...

The chilling aspect of an Internet clampdown is the assumption that lies behind it: If you will not let your people tweet, what else will you not let them do?"

The speech is the latest response to a situation that has had a ripple effect in the Middle East.

Within the last week, the U.S. has created Twitter accounts in both Arabic and Farsi.

YOUR TAKE: What should Clinton say? Is Internet access a human right?

What should Clinton say about Internet freedom? Is it a human right? The Arab world is struggling to contain protests that first took root online. How should the U.S. deal with allies that repress their citizens online? Give us your thoughts by using #WhatClintonShouldSay on Twitter and we'll post some responses right here.

By T.J. Ortenzi  | February 15, 2011; 12:12 PM ET
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Comments

Internet access per se is not a human right. Who would guarantee such a right and how?

A better way to say it is that limiting or hindering access to internet is the violation of one's right to free speech.

Posted by: devesh_f10 | February 15, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Is Cable T.V., Cell Phones, Digital and Analog Phone services, Modern Appliances, Car's, Trucks, Homes, Clothing, Public Utilities, etc?

If you answered, Yes, to any of the above, than Yes, Internet access is a right.

In most cases, you still have to pay some price or fee to access it or use it just like anything else.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | February 15, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Internet service is not a right, human or civil. It is provided by an entity who collects a fee for service.

Someone has been hanging around the Obama-meister and give-aways to all the people at the expense of the few, with a lame human rights arguement.

I guess the next thing we'll see is free cellphones for everybdoy, because it is a human right.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | February 15, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Ask the citizens of Iraq or Afghanistan if Internet access is any more of a "right" than indoor plumbing, electrical service, clean water, equality for females, freedom of religion, or other essentials that Bush's bloodbaths failed to gain over there.

Posted by: clitteigh | February 15, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Are you really asking me if internet access is a human right?
Because if you are, I don't think "human rights" means what you think it means.

Clinton's warning is backed by nothing. She's already been on record notoriously supporting her friend Mubarak; as has the prez. Sure jump on board Hilly! Now that the movement's already moving.
What is she going to do? Police those who police the internet? Good luck.

No, I'm not for governments blocking internet or arresting people for free speech.

Posted by: hebe1 | February 15, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

yo Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness
Cross out(Internet service) replace with (access to printing press and paper) is not a right, human or civil. It is provided by an entity who collects a fee for service.

No one said human rights are free, just that a government can not deprive you of them. Marriage is a human right but you pay for the license, I guess you have no problem with a law that states "no one can rent or sell houses to black in city X." I didn say blacks had a right to FREE housing just that the government can not deprive blacks of the right to buy or rent houses in certain city.

Posted by: crete | February 15, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Farting should be a human right

Posted by: taonima2000 | February 15, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

It's a right, for anyone that can pay for it.

Posted by: ptown31 | February 16, 2011 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Internet access in itself is not a right, but the internet is a tool used by free people to express themselves. Restriction of the use of that tool is a restriction on speech.

Posted by: dkp01 | February 16, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

As far as internet, it gets worse everyday. It use to be i was told too many on regular line. But was not near as bad as today. These excuses, i think is just another way to get you to pay more money for faster service. As we all know most people today use cell phones. All their doing is cutting their throughts on news,etc. Even today, i could have taken a nap before most things came in on these subjects. Other things were the normal slow these days. This has nothing to do with the set. It is the servers pulling this stuff. And still, they talk about the prices on things going up again; like 10% next spring. I happen to know prices change all the time now even before that happens. With the peanuts they throw at us workers, internet won't make much difference anymore anyway. Someday we may stand in bread lines like communist did. Then maybe the Republican way of these people will be happy. Another think that slows the internet down now is too many comercial adds on one page. So i'm ready to forget the internet anyway, the way things are.

Posted by: moonlightstar | February 16, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Clinton should shut his pie hole he does not represent all of America. He represents "The Elite Regime in America". Hell he was not the President Hillary was while he was fooling in the White House. He was a horn dog then an now just bafoon that I won't listen to the likes of him.

Posted by: JWTX | February 16, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Clinton should shut his pie hole he does not represent all of America. He represents "The Elite Regime in America". Hell he was not the President Hillary was while he was fooling in the White House. He was a horn dog then an now just a bafoon that I won't listen to the likes of him.

Posted by: JWTX | February 16, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

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