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The Crypto-Keepers | Yasha Levine
It’s 7:30 p.m. on a Monday in June at an undisclosed location somewhere in northern Europe. I’m sitting in a private dining room in an upscale hotel, talking to…
Evernote  military-intel-industrial_complex  democracy_promotion  State_Dept  intelligence_agencies  social_media  cybersecurity  privacy  investment-government  R&D  propaganda  cryptography  free_speech  leaks  from instapaper
september 2017 by dunnettreader
Scott McConnell - Why Is Washington Addicted to War? | The American Conservative - July 2015
Most now assume that the defining foreign policy legacy of President Obama will be his Iran deal, which will seek to block Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon and… Points to the military-foreign_policy bureaucracy and domestic politics of Capitol Hill as automatically oriented to interventionism regardless of White House priorities and preferences -- gives example of pressure to help Ukraine against demonized Russia is producing alliances with the most unsavory types who are fundamentally hostile to the US. Was Huntington right that post Cold War we need enemies abroad to cover over the fissures at home?
Instapaper  US_foreign_policy  US_politics  US_government  militarism  interventionism  GOP  US_military  US_politics-foreign_policy  Russia-near_abroad  Ukraine  State_Dept  national_interest  post-Cold_War  from instapaper
july 2015 by dunnettreader
Update from Congress: More funds for Internet freedom than ever before
n the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, commonly known as the Omnibus Act, Congress did something they haven’t done before: they designated $50,500,000 explicitly for Internet freedom specifying that $25,500,000 be spent by the BBG and $25,000,000 by the Department of State. This is an increase of $16,400,000, up from 2012’s total of $34,100,000.
f2c  share  congress  Internet  bbg  state_dept  internet_freedom 
january 2014 by blah
Everything from iPhones to VPNs can now be legally exported to Iran | Ars Technica
On Thursday, the Obama Administration lifted digital sanctions that for more than two decades have prevented companies that do business in the US from also selling or distributing digital goods—including mobile phones, hosting services, VPNs, and software updates—to Iran.
share  Internet  Syria  usg  state_dept  internetfreedom  Iran 
may 2013 by blah
Hillary’s Little Startup: How the U.S. Is Using Technology to Aid Syria’s Rebels
Syria's regime may have overwhelming firepower, but the rebels are winning in another arena— with U.S. help
share  f2c  Syria  usg  time  Internet  internetliberty  internet_freedom  state_dept 
june 2012 by blah
The Medium versus the Message: U.S. Government Funding for Media in an Age of Disruption
Over the past four years, digital media have been transforming both the premises and the practices of U.S. government funding in media development. While Congress is cutting back on foreign aid budgets, resources to launch new digital media programs continue to grow. Media development professionals agree that some aspect of digital technology is now embedded in virtually every government-funded media project. Many highly technical programs, such as those addressing Internet security and circumvention, have proliferated. At the same time, traditional media development programs, including some that stress creation of quality content, face new challenges. These include geopolitical controversies and growing pressure to create metrics to prove quantitative results for qualitative missions.
Internet  internet_freedom  usg  state_dept  ned  USAID  bbg  cima  internet_governance  share  f2c  reports 
june 2012 by blah
The Shawshank Prevention - By Rebecca MacKinnon | Foreign Policy
As the blackout on news of Chen Guangcheng shows, Chinese censors are getting better at what they do. Can U.S. government-funded tools help China's netizens break free?
share  f2c  privacy  security  Internet  internet_freedom  bbg  state_dept  usg  foreignpolicy 
may 2012 by blah
Inside Washington's high risk mission to beat web censors | Technology | The Guardian
Inside Washington's high risk mission to beat web censors | Technology | The Guardian
share  oti  Internet  security  privacy  usg  state_dept  Iran  China  free_speech  internet_freedom 
april 2012 by blah
Visas
A visa is a necessary document for most international travel to the United States, whether temporary or permanent. This website includes information about visas, how to get one, and statistics. From the State Dept.
government_resources  international  united_states  state_dept  statistics  visas  immigration  travel 
august 2010 by sppl
America's Edge | Foreign Affairs
"We live in a networked world. War is networked: the power of terrorists and the militaries that would defeat them depend on small, mobile groups of warriors connected to one another and to intelligence, communications, and support networks. Diplomacy is networked: managing international crises -- from SARS to climate change -- requires mobilizing international networks of public and private actors. Business is networked: every CEO advice manual published in the past decade has focused on the shift from the vertical world of hierarchy to the horizontal world of networks. Media are networked: online blogs and other forms of participatory media depend on contributions from readers to create a vast, networked conversation. "
Foreign_affairs  State_dept  strategy 
july 2010 by donohue
Web Sites of Foreign Embassies in the U.S.
A list of known websites for foreign embassies in the U.S. From the State Department.
government_resources  federal  united_states  state_dept  embassies  diplomacy 
june 2010 by sppl
U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions
List of links to websites of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions. From the State Department.
government_resources  federal  united_states  state_dept  embassies  diplomacy 
june 2010 by sppl
Office of the Historian of the U.S. State Department
Discusses American diplomatic history. Includes the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series, which presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity, located under "Historical Documents." Also has Milestones of diplomatic history, and a description of the history of our diplomatic relations with different countries. From the U.S. State Department.
government_resources  federal  united_states  state_dept  FRUS  diplomacy  american_history  embassies  international  country_information  treaties 
may 2010 by sppl
U.S. Department of State
Mission: Advance freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community by helping to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system.

Includes the Foreign Service Institute (FSI); U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); and U.S. Embassies around the world.
government_resources  federal  united_states  u.s._cabinet  executive_branch  state_dept  portal  diplomacy  treaties  FSI  embassies 
may 2010 by sppl
International Travel Information and Warnings
Includes links to travel warnings, travel alerts, country specific information, country background notes, and other international travel information. From the U.S. State Department.
government_resources  international  state_dept  travel 
may 2010 by sppl
Background Notes - Country Information
These publications include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. The Background Notes are updated/revised by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Public Affairs as they are received from the Department's regional bureaus. From the U.S. State Department.
government_resources  international  state_dept  country_information  geography  history  politics  cultures 
may 2010 by sppl
Passport Information and Forms
Passport forms, information, and announcements from the U.S. State Department.
government_resources  state_dept  federal  united_states  passports 
may 2010 by sppl

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