H.R. 3605 (112th): Global Online Freedom Act of 2011

Introduced:
Dec 08, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Status:
Died (Reported by Committee)
Sponsor
Christopher “Chris” Smith
Representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional district
Party
Republican
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Last Updated
Dec 08, 2011
Length
28 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 2271 (111th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: May 06, 2009

H.R. 491 (113th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Feb 04, 2013

 
Status

This bill was introduced on March 27, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Progress
Introduced Dec 08, 2011
Referred to Committee Dec 08, 2011
Reported by Committee Mar 27, 2012
 
Full Title

To prevent United States businesses from cooperating with repressive governments in transforming the Internet into a tool of censorship and surveillance, to fulfill the responsibility of the United States Government to promote freedom of expression on the Internet, to restore public confidence in the integrity of United States businesses, and for other purposes.

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Cosponsors
6 cosponsors (3D, 3R) (show)
Committees

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

House Financial Services

Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises

House Foreign Affairs

House Ways and Means

Trade

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12/8/2011--Introduced.
Global Online Freedom Act of 2011 - Makes it U.S. policy to: (1) promote the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media; (2) use all appropriate instruments of U.S. influence to support the free flow of information without interference or discrimination; and (3) deter U.S. businesses from cooperating with Internet-restricting countries in effecting online censorship.
Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the President should seek international agreements to protect Internet freedom; and (2) some U.S. businesses, in assisting foreign governments to restrict online access to U.S.-supported websites and government reports and to identify individual Internet users, are working contrary to U.S. foreign policy interests.
Amends the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to require assessments of electronic information freedom in each foreign country.
Directs the Secretary of State to annually designate Internet-restricting countries.
Amends the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require each Internet communications services company that operates in an Internet-restricting country to include in its annual report information relating to: (1) human rights due diligence, (2) policies pertaining to the collection of personally identifiable information, and (3) restrictions on Internet search engines or content hosting services.
Amends the Export Administration Act of 1979, as continued in effect under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, to direct the Secretary of Commerce to:
(1) establish a list of goods and technology that would assist a foreign government in acquiring the capability to carry out censorship, surveillance, or any other related activity through means of telecommunications, including the Internet; and
(2) prohibit the export of listed goods or technology to a government end user in any Internet-restricting country.

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