US bill to curb censorship (abroad)

CNet is reporting about a new house bill, just passed by the House, with a component by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Chris Cox (R-CA), that is designed to fund finding ways to reduce or circumvent internet censorship worldwide.

The funding is $16 million over the next two years, down from $100 million in a previous effort, and creates an Office of Global Internet Freedom in the State Department that is chartered to "develop and implement a comprehensive global strategy to combat state-sponsored and state-directed Internet jamming, and persecution of those who use the Internet."

The Department would fall under the same group as Radio Free Asia and the Voice of America.