Hillary has appointed a cyber security person as a coordinator for global cyber issues. While in her speech yesterday on the internet, she gave apparent lip service to a free and open internet, freedom of expression, assembly and association, the appointment of a person whose main experience and concerns are with security rather than open and free use of the internet speaks volumes. She also attacked Wikileaks, as using "stolen" information. Whoops. I thought it belonged to the American people–we pay for it! She ignored the fact that it was information from Wikileaks that started the current revolutions and demonstrations throughout the middle east.

While calling for a balance between "security and liberty," she at the same time promoted global rules in conjunction with "corporate partnership." That is frightening. It is the freedom of the internet that is its greatest strength. It is a new frontier. The rules and security she proposed will mostly benefit the corporations, not the private user.

This article below was on BSA.org, which is a group of software companies who are interested in expanding their markets and protecting their software. It also appears to be punitive, reporting abuses of software usage. You will be familiar with most of the corporate members.

Here is my interpretation of her message: A "global security framework" means we [the government] are still pissed about Wikileaks and are determined to prevent such a thing from ever happening again. Gosh, we got caught red-handed. And suddenly democracy and the power of the people is breaking out in the middle east (where we have supported dictators for years), out of our control. Above all we must be in control of the world, including the world of cyber security.

The full video can be viewed at: (or google it–it’s in several places)


Statement by Robert Holleyman

Washington — February 15, 2011 —

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today named Christopher M. Painter, formerly a senior director for cybersecurity issues at the National Security Council, to serve as the State Department’s first Coordinator for Cyber Issues. The new position, created in December as part of the State Department’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, will be charged with leading the agency’s global diplomatic engagement on cyber issues.

Business Software Alliance President and CEO Robert Holleyman issued the following statement:

“Secretary Clinton has chosen well in appointing Chris Painter to be the State Department’s first Coordinator for Cyber Issues. BSA has worked with Chris for many years in his former posts at the White House and Department of Justice. He has been a tireless champion for international engagement on cyber issues. We look forward to working with him in his new position at the State Department to advance a global cybersecurity framework.”

“The creation of a federal office to coordinate global engagement on cyber issues is an important step forward because the Internet is an inherently global medium. It provides a common platform for innovation, free expression and economic growth. But realizing its full potential will require coordination among governments to harmonize rules for commerce and promote flexible, risk-based responses to security threats. That will take energetic US leadership. Chris brings a tremendous amount of expertise in all of these areas, plus strong relationships with industry and the international policy community.”

About BSA

The Business Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the world’s foremost advocate for the software industry, working in 80 countries to expand software markets and create conditions for innovation and growth. Governments and industry partners look to BSA for thoughtful approaches to key policy and legal issues, recognizing that software plays a critical role in driving economic and social progress in all nations. BSA’s member companies invest billions of dollars a year in local economies, good jobs, and next-generation solutions that will help people around the world be more productive, connected, and secure. BSA members include Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, AVEVA, AVG, Bentley Systems, CA Technologies, Cadence, CNC/Mastercam, Compuware, Corel, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation, Dell, Intel, Intuit, Kaspersky Lab, McAfee, Microsoft, Minitab, PTC, Progress Software, Quark, Quest Software,Rosetta Stone, Siemens, Sybase, Symantec, and The MathWorks

By Published On: February 16th, 2011Comments Off on Former director of cyber security issues for National Security Council appointed first Coordinator of Cyber Issues by SOS Clinton

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