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Everyone must protect the Internet, says Hillary Clinton

Protecting free Internet is everyone’s business. “It’s not just for those who suffer from oppression on the Internet,” said Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State, Thursday in The Hague.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged companies and governments to protect Internet freedom on Thursday. Speaking at a conference in the Netherlands on Internet freedom, Clinton said it was “an urgent task” to preserve civil liberties online and argued that corporations can protect their own reputations by thinking twice before doing business with repressive governments.

The kick off for the Freedom Online conference took place at the Fokker Terminal in The Hague. In his welcome speech, executive chairman for Google, Eric Schmidt, stated the purpose for the conference: “The world is a better place with freedom of speech.”