The United States takes the concept of virtual democracy seriously
An army of defenders of human rights is currently made by our neighbors to the south, an initiative of President Obama to work on the Web to defend democracy digital.
The White House hopes to train people knowing how to bypass Internet bottlenecks of authoritarian governments, to secure the content (documents, videos, audio) they transmit via the Internet or from their phone and prevent or combat cyber attacks.
To this end, the militants will receive a course on technologies that allow them to achieve their goal and still be ahead of those used by opponents of all kinds.
The concept of digital freedom will also put forward a more pronounced than in previous years, in the next annual report on human rights to be filed by the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday.
The importance of digital democracy was particularly noted during demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt and Iran, organized on the Internet among others through social networks. The latter would side with “the power of technologies that connect people, as an accelerator of political change, economic and social.”
“We try to keep one step ahead by providing technology, training and diplomatic support to enable people to freely express their views,” said Michael Posner, Assistant U.S. Secretary of State.
With the injection of U.S. $ 50 million, the training began two years ago around the world and several technologies to protect the militants have been developed. Recently, 5,000 activists living in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon have been entitled to training. Upon returning home, they in turn pass their technological knowledge.