第三极倒闭真相调查:地产升值超4亿元(ZZ)

第三极倒闭真相调查:地产升值超4亿元

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2010-01-31 09:23:44作者:杨阳 潘爱娟出处:比特网责编:史蕾

1月28日,北京海淀区北四环西路66号,一栋外形似书本层叠的高档写字楼顶部已经挂上了“中国技术交易所”几个鲜红大字。

这里曾经是全国最大民营书店第三极的总店所在地,曾经被冠以“中关村文化创意产业基地”的官方名号,曾经以血拼价格战吸引过3万人次的日流量。而今,所有的“曾经”随着第三极书局的倒闭、楼名的更改,成为过眼云烟。

“这只是一个地产项目。”已于去年11月离职的第三极书局第二任总经理关波直言道。之前,他曾努力为第三极书局寻找新址,但在第三极书局大楼出售给海淀区国资委之后,这些努力付之东流,因为 “股东不想干了”。

是的,这只是一个地产项目,书局是否赚钱并不是最重要的。

在第三极书局短短的三四年发展历史上,股东方所做的每一次决策实际上都与书店的主业关系不大:几次著名的价格战不是要提升利润,只为减少亏损, 聚拢人气来提高地价;图书零售生意不能赚取差价,却可以成为股东的现金储蓄池;“文化创意产业”只是一个幌子,要套的是地块的开发权和政府的优惠政策。

知情者透露,第三极书局的股权结构中,除了第二大股东是海淀区国资委,其他股东全部是地产商。第三极书局在其股东国风集团的商业版图中,并不是 主业,而是“副业”。而对其股东而言,这是一次非常成功的商业地产策划案——第三极书局在完成地产升值的历史使命之后,已成弃子。

设局

2001年,国风集团以6400万元股金作价,从海淀区政府手中拿到了总投资16亿元的中关村文化广场改造开发权。四年之后的2005年9月,75米高、冷灰色调的第三极大厦建成。

一位知情者透露,这个项目从2005年开始筹备,筹备的时候就是为了地产增值而来。

也许做书店并不是让这块地产升值的最好方法,但在当时,如果不是把这个建筑做成一个创意产业基地,第三极书局的投资方国风集团就拿不到这块地,也拿不到政府相应的优惠政策和补贴——天时、地利、人和,缺一不可。 继续阅读

独立书店,一路好走

《城市画报》今年的第248期又一次专题推出《荒岛图书馆》,从2008、2009到2010,连续三年关注阅读和与阅读相关的环境。

作为一个图书馆学的学术期刊编辑,我非常佩服《城市画报》的策划和撰写,至少我认为像他们这么用心和有心的编辑在我目前的同行中不多见。

本次荒岛图书馆与以往两次不一样的地方在于将大量的篇幅放在“独立书店”上。当我翻看钟芳玲最新版的《书店风景》的时候,不仅会被世界各国形形色色的个性主题书店所吸引,甚至折服,也不由得为随着《书店风景》的每一次再版,里面所提到的书店一批批的倒下而遗憾。

上周,北京最大的民营书店“第三极”寿终正寝,上海季风书店的蹒跚前行,给了那些认为“书店要么不做,要做就做大的”的人一记响亮的耳光。大店不好做,小店更是难以为继。在网络时代,我们真的该反思一下书店的生存环境了。

在目前中国的环境下,两个拳头把中国的书店打死,一个是国家保护的新华书店,一个是新技术下的网上书店。既然你无法成为新华书店,那唯一的可能就是将当当这样的网上书店打败或者至少分一杯羹。

从《城市画报》上介绍的独立书店看来,独立书店的经营者大多不是把它当作传统的书店来做,而是个人理想实现的一种形式,在某种程度上甚至作为一种文化慈善来进行。

我曾经在梦中写一篇文章,题目也是我在现实中早就想好的:《让书店慢慢活成博物馆》。

《图书馆报》约稿

为我喜欢的一张报纸做个广告:

图书馆人看《图书馆报》
《图书馆报》给广大学会会员的约稿函

各位老师们、朋友们:
新年好!

感谢您们对《新华书目报•图书馆专刊》的一贯支持。2009年年3月18日期,《图书馆专刊》更名为《图书馆报》,从2010年1月1日起,《图书馆报》正式公开发行,为周报,每周五出版,全国各大邮局均可订阅,邮发代号为:1—88,全年定价:48元。

《图书馆报》是目前世界上惟一一份图书馆界的新闻周报,中国图书馆学会是《图书馆报》的协办单位,《图书馆报》的问世有赖于图书馆界的鼎力支持,《图书馆报》的发展更是离不开图书馆界的关注与扶持。俗话说,三个臭皮匠赛过诸葛亮,我们相信,在广大会员的帮扶下,《图书馆报》一定能够不负众望,成为图书馆界与外界沟通的窗口与桥梁。

我们诚挚地向广大学会会员约稿,希望各位老师集思广益,踊跃投稿。现将有关事项函告如下:
《图书馆报》的常规栏目有:每周声音、馆界动态、出版动态、书评园地、图林漫步(专栏)、观点论坛、海外书情、海外馆情等,这些栏目均可投稿,《图书馆报》电子报纸详见:http://www.xhsmb.com/html/paper/20100101/

图书馆人看《图书馆报》!《图书馆报》是全国图书馆界唯一的一份报纸,在新的一年,我们相信,在各位老师的大力支持下,《图书馆报》一定会再上一个台阶,让我们携起手来,为中国图书馆事业贡献自己的力量。
再次诚挚的邀请各位老师赐稿!

此致
敬礼!

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iPad来了

今天打开Greader,满眼的都是苹果公司的iPad的报道和评述,一个公司做到这个程度,唐宗宋祖,也不止稍逊风骚了。

今天北京时间凌晨开始的iPad发布会,掌门人乔布斯用了几个数字开场:

几周前卖出了第250万部iPod;网络直销店上季度有5000万访客;软件店有了140000种软件。

乔布斯还揶揄了一下电子书阅读器,认为没有什么优势。

总体上看,这款9.7英寸的大家伙虽然不是革命性的变革,但对于电子书阅读器厂商确实有很大的冲击,虽然它没有用eInk技术以及带来的超长时间待机,但诸多功能的集合、苹果良好的产业链条以及无与伦比的工业设计,并且价格并不离谱(最低款的只有499美金,包含wifi,不含3G)。

虽然它还有很多缺失,比如没有照相功能,没有存储扩展,没有自行电池可换,或者说开放性依然不够,但这就是苹果,一个制造过多年以来没有fm功能的iPod的厂商。它只需要一个独有的功能就可以改变人们的消费习惯,它注定不是一个百货公司,而只是一个精品店。

iPad会对Kindle有什么样的冲击呢?我觉得很大,目前看来,Kindle最大的优势就是eInk技术的采用以及超长的待机时间,现在Kindle的内容要比iPad多,但不能保证以后肯定有绝对的优势。当然也不能忘记一点,虽然iPad的价格有竞争力,但3G是需要付费的,而Kindle是不需要的。iPad的出现,让我越来越相信Kindle的拥有者八成都是对阅读有洁癖的人。

对于我来说,iPad的出现使我彻底断了购买Kindle的念想,而且我还是一个一年能够读50本书的人,还有一个很重要的原因,我生活在中国大陆。

上市时间:wifi功能的3月底,3G的4月。

Blogtd在他的twitter上这样写道:有钱人是这样用iPad的:放且只放一张自己的半身免冠照,全屏,挂办公室墙上. //想到公务猿

附1:演示视频

附2:iPad的技术指标(来源:iFanr

规格:

  • 操作系统:iPhoneOS 3.2
  • 尺寸:242.8mm*189.7mm*13.4mm
  • 重量:WiFi 版 680克;WiFi+3G 版 730 克
  • 屏幕:9.7 英寸 LED 背光 IPS 电容触屏,分辨率 1024×768,疏油处理
  • 本地无线:Wi-Fi(802.11 a/b/g/n);蓝牙 2.1+EDR;
  • 移动网络(仅 WiFi+3G 版):UMTS/HSDPA 三波段;GSM/EDGE 四波段;只支持数据传输不支持通话
  • 配件:Dock 口转 USB 线;电源线;说明书
  • 处理器1GHz Apple A4 处理器
  • 存储容量:16/32/64 GB 闪存
  • 传感器:重力感应器;光学感应器;数字罗盘
  • 音频支持:AAC、版权保护 AAC、MP3、MP3 VBR、Audible、Apple Lossless、AIFF、WAV
  • 视频播放:最大支持 720P 分辨率、2.5 Mbps 码率 H.264 视频(仅限 m4v、mp4、mov 三种格式);640×480 VGA 分辨率 MPEG-4 视频
  • 视频输出最高支持 1024×768(Dock 转 VGA);576P(A/V 线)
  • 语言显示:英、法、德、日、荷、西、简中、俄
  • 语言输入/字典:英、法、德、日(全键盘)、荷、西、 简中(手写加拼音)、俄、意、弗拉芒语(比利时方言)
  • 输入输出两个 30 针 Dock 口;3.5 mm 耳机口;麦克风;单声道扬声器;SIM 卡槽(仅限 WiFi+3G 版)
  • 电池:25Whr 锂电池( 内置不可换);10 小时使用时间;一个月待机时间按;除电源线外也可通过 USB 线连电脑充电
  • 按钮:开关键、静音、音量、Home,和 iPhone 一样
  • 选配件:外接键盘底座;外接摄像头;保护壳

上市日期和价格:

16G 32G 64G
WiFi 版(60天后) $499 $599 $699
WiFi+3G版(90天后) $629 $729 $829
美国 AT&T 提供的 3G 数据业务:
250M 流量/每月14.99美元;不限流量/每月29.99美;无锁,没有解约处罚

其它值得一提的:

  • iBook 电子书阅读软件,文件格式是开放的 ePub,已经得到 HarperCollins, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Hachette Book Group 这五家出版商的支持
  • 《纽约时报》专门定制了一个类似实体报纸的阅读软件
  • 内置 iTunes 和 iBook 商店,可以直接购买/下载音乐、电子书、电影、程序。体验更接近桌面 iTunes 而不是 iPhone
  • 两种模式直接运行 iPhone 程序:不加缩放,周围黑边;拉成 960×640 分辨率运行,原像素不变形
  • 像 iPhone 一样和电脑进行同步
  • 不支持多任务
  • 响应极为迅速,据现场媒体的上手报道,速度比 3GS 更快
  • Spotlight 渐进式全局搜索
  • 邮件界面同时显示邮件列表和所选邮件正文
  • UI 大量采用长按弹出上下文菜单这一设计,和 iPhone 不同
  • 提供了 iWork 系列软件,为 iPad 特别定制,单个软件售价 $9.99,可在 App Store 购买
  • iPhone SDK 3.2 beta 已经推出,支持 iPad,没有提到 iPhone 4.0的相关消息
  • 输入方式无甚突破,基本上就是大号的 iPhone 屏幕键盘,基本上无法手持流畅输入

官方图片库:http://www.apple.com/ipad/gallery/

大量程序截图:http://www.apple.com/ipad/features/

规格表原文:http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/

毕升一号:全球第一款电话功能的电子书阅读器

昨天(2010年1月26日)上午,万物青公司首发了一款电子书阅读器毕升一号,江湖中又增添了一位疑似先烈。因为有事情没有去参加他们的发布会,今天拿到了发布会的资料,大体上有了一点感觉,除了电话功能是我从来没有听说的一个独家功能外,其他的所谓全球第一并无特别之处。但又有谁会为了一个电话功能去买一个价格不菲(市场价2500元)的阅读器呢?

我们这些品牌厂商没有真正解决内容源头问题、产业链和自有的核心技术的话,很难打败风起云涌的山寨市场。不过诸强奋起,对这个市场的普及和推广还是起了很大作用。

毕升一号的真机

以下是毕升的第一款产品的特点介绍:

我们先来看看毕升一号当前拥有的五个全球第一:
(1) 全球最小6寸电子纸阅读器
(2) 全球首款完美融合电话功能
(3) 全球首款完美融合FM收音
(4) 全球漫游随时随地访问在线书城
(5)全球漫游电子书搜索引擎

以及毕升一号的特点:

(1) GSM/GPRS/EDGE
(2) GSM四频 850/900/1800/1900MHz
(3) 6寸Eink电子墨水显示屏800 X 600分辨率
(4) 无线网络(不能写WIFI)
(5) Bluetooth 蓝牙
(6) WAP
(7) 互联网浏览
(8) SMS 短信
(9) 中英文多种输入法
(10) 多种图片格式浏览
(11) 多种电子书格式支持
(12) MP3. WAV. AAC. AMR. WMA. MIDI
(13) 3.5mm标准耳机接口
(14) 立体声外放扬声器
(15) 3000mAh聚合物锂离子电池
(16) 全球领先完美支持16灰阶显示
(17) 全球领先中文TTS真人读书引擎
(18) WORD、Excel、PowerPoint、PDF格式全支持

联想不需要我们去联想

前几天,放出了一条消息:联想天玑IBook即将上市 预计售价2000以内,结果今天网易科技又发了这样一条新闻:联想否认推出“天玑”电子书,真真假假不是我感兴趣的,我要是有钱的老板,肯定不涉足这个产业,虽然利润不菲,但前有汉王很难撼动的地位,后有山寨机的粉墨登场,加之没有阅读习惯的国民。依我看来,这个行业的发展与山寨机的发展息息相关,就如同VCD/DVD播放机的大卖与大量盗版电影片源密不可分一样。

上面的新闻是否有炒作嫌疑并不知晓,反正联想即使炒作也没有几个人关心。可以确认的是,明天(1月26日)上午,一款民营企业推出的电子书阅读器就要发布,阅读器被定名为“毕升”,以“环保从读书开始”作为logo。发布伊始,他们推出1500元的体验价,以后的走向如何,可以先看看明天的新闻稿再说吧。

上图就是所谓的“联想天玑IBook EB-605”

学英语的时间

Internet Freedom
Hilary Clinton
2010.1.21

Thank you, Alberto for that kind introduction. It’s a pleasure to be here at the Newseum. This institution is a monument to some of our most precious freedoms, and I’m grateful for this opportunity to discuss how those freedoms apply to the challenges of the 21st century. I’m also delighted to see so many friends and former colleagues.

This is an important speech on an important subject. But before I begin, I want to speak briefly about Haiti. During the last nine days, the people of Haiti and the people of the world have joined together to deal with a tragedy of staggering proportions. Our hemisphere has seen its share of hardship, but there are few precedents for the situation we’re facing in Port-au-Prince. Communication networks have played a critical role in our response. In the hours after the quake, we worked with partners in the private sector to set up the text “HAITI” campaign so that mobile phone users in the United States could donate to relief efforts via text message. That initiative has been a showcase for the generosity of the American people and it’s raised over $25 million for recovery efforts.

Information networks have also played a critical role on the ground.

The technology community has set up interactive maps to help identify needs and target resources. And on Monday, a seven-year-old girl and two women were pulled from the rubble of a collapsed supermarket by an American search and rescue team after they sent a text message calling for help. These examples are manifestations of a much broader phenomenon.

The spread of information networks is forming a new nervous system for our planet. When something happens in Haiti or Hunan the rest of us learn about it in real time – from real people. And we can respond in real time as well. Americans eager to help in the aftermath of a disaster and the girl trapped in that supermarket are connected in ways that we weren’t a generation ago. That same principle applies to almost all of humanity. As we sit here today, any of you – or any of our children – can take out tools we carry with us every day and transmit this discussion to billions across the world.

In many respects, information has never been so free. There are more ways to spread more ideas to more people than at any moment in history. Even in authoritarian countries, information networks are helping people discover new facts and making governments more accountable.

During his visit to China in November, President Obama held a town hall meeting with an online component to highlight the importance of the internet. In response to a question that was sent in over the internet, he defended the right of people to freely access information, and said that the more freely information flows, the stronger societies become. He spoke about how access to information helps citizens to hold their governments accountable, generates new ideas, and encourages creativity. The United States’ belief in that truth is what brings me here today.

But amid this unprecedented surge in connectivity, we must also recognize that these technologies are not an unmitigated blessing. These tools are also being exploited to undermine human progress and political rights. Just as steel can be used to build hospitals or machine guns and nuclear energy can power a city or destroy it, modern information networks and the technologies they support can be harnessed for good or ill. The same networks that help organize movements for freedom also enable al Qaeda to spew hatred and incite violence against the innocent. And technologies with the potential to open up access to government and promote transparency can also be hijacked by governments to crush dissent and deny human rights.

In the last year, we’ve seen a spike in threats to the free flow of information. China, Tunisia, and Uzbekistan have stepped up their censorship of the internet. In Vietnam, access to popular social networking sites has suddenly disappeared. And last Friday in Egypt, 30 bloggers and activists were detained. One member of this group, Bassem Samir – who is thankfully no longer in prison – is with us today. So while it is clear that the spread of these technologies is transforming our world, it is still unclear how that transformation will affect the human rights and welfare of much of the world’s population.

SYNCING PROGRESS WITH PRINCIPLES

On their own, new technologies do not take sides in the struggle for freedom and progress. But the United States does. We stand for a single internet where all of humanity has equal access to knowledge and ideas. And we recognize that the world’s information infrastructure will become what we and others make of it.

This challenge may be new, but our responsibility to help ensure the free exchange of ideas goes back to the birth of our republic. The words of the First Amendment to the Constitution are carved in 50 tons of Tennessee marble on the front of this building. And every generation of Americans has worked to protect the values etched in that stone.

Franklin Roosevelt built on these ideas when he delivered his Four Freedoms speech in 1941. At the time, Americans faced a cavalcade of crises and a crisis of confidence. But the vision of a world in which all people enjoyed freedom of expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear transcended the trouble of his day.

Years later, one of my heroes, Eleanor Roosevelt, worked to have these principles adopted as a cornerstone of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They have provided a lodestar to every succeeding generation – guiding us, galvanizing us, and enabling us to move forward in the face of uncertainty.

As technology hurtles forward, we must think back to that legacy. We need to synchronize our technological progress with our principles. In accepting the Nobel Prize, President Obama spoke about the need to build a world in which peace rests on the “inherent rights and dignity of every individual.” And in my speech on human rights at Georgetown I talked about how we must find ways to make human rights a reality. Today, we find an urgent need to protect these freedoms on the digital frontiers of the 21st century.

There are many other networks in the world – some aid in the movement of people or resources; and some facilitate exchanges between individuals

with the same work or interests. But the internet is a network that

magnifies the power and potential of all others. And that’s why we believe it’s critical that its users are assured certain basic freedoms.

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

First among them is the freedom of expression. This freedom is no longer defined solely by whether citizens can go into the town square and criticize their government without fear of retribution. Blogs, email, social networks, and text messages have opened up new forums for exchanging ideas – and created new targets for censorship.

As I speak to you today, government censors are working furiously to erase my words from the records of history. But history itself has already condemned these tactics. Two months ago, I was in Germany to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The leaders gathered at that ceremony paid tribute to the courageous men and women on the far side of that barrier who made the case against oppression by circulating small pamphlets called samizdat. These leaflets questioned the claims and intentions of dictatorships in the Eastern Bloc, and many people paid dearly for distributing them. But their words helped pierce the concrete and concertina wire of the Iron Curtain.

The Berlin Wall symbolized a world divided, and it defined an entire era. Today, remnants of that wall sit inside this museum – where they belong. And the new iconic infrastructure of our age is the internet.

Instead of division, it stands for connection. But even as networks spread to nations around the globe, virtual walls are cropping up in place of visible walls.

Some countries have erected electronic barriers that prevent their people from accessing portions of the world’s networks. They have expunged words, names and phrases from search engine results. They have violated the privacy of citizens who engage in non-violent political speech. These actions contravene the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, which tells us that all people have the right “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” With the spread of these restrictive practices, a new information curtain is descending across much of the world. Beyond this partition, viral videos and blog posts are becoming the samizdat of our day.

As in the dictatorships of the past, governments are targeting independent thinkers who use these tools. In the demonstrations that followed Iran’s presidential elections, grainy cell phone footage of a young woman’s bloody murder provided a digital indictment of the government’s brutality. We’ve seen reports that when Iranians living overseas posted online criticism of their nation’s leaders, their family members in Iran were singled out for retribution. And despite an intense campaign of government intimidation, brave citizen journalists in Iran continue using technology to show the world and their fellow citizens what is happening in their country. In speaking out on behalf of their own human rights the Iranian people have inspired the world.

And their courage is redefining how technology is used to spread truth and expose injustice.

All societies recognize that free expression has its limits. We do not tolerate those who incite others to violence, such as the agents of al Qaeda who are – at this moment – using the internet to promote the mass murder of innocent people. And hate speech that targets individuals on the basis of their ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation is reprehensible. It is an unfortunate fact that these issues are both growing challenges that the international community must confront together. We must also grapple with the issue of anonymous speech. Those who use the internet to recruit terrorists or distribute stolen intellectual property cannot divorce their online actions from their real world identities. But these challenges must not become an excuse for governments to systematically violate the rights and privacy of those who use the internet for peaceful political purposes.

FREEDOM OF WORSHIP

The freedom of expression may be the most obvious freedom to face challenges with the spread of new technologies, but it is not alone. The freedom of worship usually involves the rights of individuals to commune – or not commune – with their Creator. And that’s one channel of communication that does not rely on technology. But the freedom of worship also speaks to the universal right to come together with those who share your values and vision for humanity. In our history, those gatherings often took place in churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques. Today, they may also take place on line.

The internet can help bridge divides between people of different faiths.

As the president said in Cairo, “freedom of religion is central to the ability of people to live together.” And as we look for ways to expand dialogue, the internet holds out tremendous promise. We have already begun connecting students in the United States with young people in Muslim communities around the world to discuss global challenges. And we will continue using this tool to foster discussion between individuals in different religious communities.

Some nations, however, have co-opted the internet as a tool to target and silence people of faith. Last year in Saudi Arabia, a man spent months in prison for blogging about Christianity. And a Harvard study found that the Saudi government blocked many web pages about Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and even Islam. Countries including Vietnam and China employed similar tactics to restrict access to religious information.

Just as these technologies must not be used to punish peaceful political speech, they must not be used to persecute or silence religious minorities. Prayers will always travel on higher networks. But connection technologies like the internet and social networking sites should enhance individuals’ ability to worship as they see fit, come together with people of their own faith, and learn more about the beliefs of others. We must work to advance the freedom of worship online just as we do in other areas of life.

FREEDOM FROM WANT

There are, of course, hundreds of millions of people living without the benefits of these technologies. In our world, talent is distributed universally, but opportunity is not. And we know from long experience that promoting social and economic development in countries where people lack access to knowledge, markets, capital, and opportunity can be frustrating, and sometimes futile work. In this context, the internet can serve as a great equalizer. By providing people with access to knowledge and potential markets, networks can create opportunity where none exists.

Over the last year, I’ve seen this first hand. In Kenya, where farmers have seen their income grow by as much as 30% since they started using mobile banking technology. In Bangladesh, where more than 300,000 people have signed up to learn English on their mobile phones. And in sub-Saharan Africa, where women entrepreneurs use the internet to get access to microcredit loans and connect to global markets. These examples of progress can be replicated in the lives of the billion people at the bottom of the world’s economic ladder. In many cases,

the internet, mobile phones, and other connection technologies can do for economic growth what the green revolution did for agriculture. You can now generate significant yields from very modest inputs. One World Bank study found that in a typical developing country, a 10% increase in the penetration rate for mobile phones led to an almost one percent annual increase in per capita GDP. To put that in perspective, for India, that would translate into almost $10 billion a year.

A connection to global information networks is like an on a ramp to modernity. In the early years of these technologies, many believed they would divide the world between haves and have-nots. That hasn’t happened. There are 4 billion cell phones in use today – many are in the hands of market vendors, rickshaw drivers, and others who’ve historically lacked access to education and opportunity. Information networks have become a great leveler, and we should use them to help lift people out of poverty.

FREEDOM FROM FEAR

We have every reason to be hopeful about what people can accomplish when they leverage communication networks and connection technologies to achieve progress. But some will use global information networks for darker purposes. Violent extremists, criminal cartels, sexual predators, and authoritarian governments all seek to exploit global networks. Just as terrorists have taken advantage of the openness of our society to carry out their plots, violent extremists use the internet to radicalize and intimidate. As we work to advance these freedoms, we must also work against those who use communication networks as tools of disruption and fear.

Governments and citizens must have confidence that the networks at the core of their national security and economic prosperity are safe and resilient. This is about more than petty hackers who deface websites.

Our ability to bank online, use electronic commerce, and safeguard billions of dollars in intellectual property are all at stake if we cannot rely on the security of information networks.

Disruptions in these systems demand a coordinated response by governments, the private sector, and the international community. We need more tools to help law enforcement agencies cooperate across jurisdictions when criminal hackers and organized crime syndicates attack networks for financial gain. The same is true when social ills such as child pornography and the exploitation of trafficked women and girls migrate online. We applaud efforts such as the Council on Europe’s Convention on Cybercrime that facilitate international cooperation in prosecuting such offenses.

We have taken steps as a government, and as a Department, to find diplomatic solutions to strengthen global cyber security. Over a half-dozen different Bureaus have joined together to work on this issue, and two years ago we created an office to coordinate foreign policy in cyberspace. We have worked to address this challenge at the UN and other multilateral forums and put cyber-security on the world’s agenda. And President Obama has appointed a new national cyberspace policy coordinator who will help us work even more closely to ensure that our networks stay free, secure, and reliable.

States, terrorists, and those who would act as their proxies must know that the United States will protect our networks. Those who disrupt the free flow of information in our society, or any other, pose a threat to our economy, our government and our civil society. Countries or individuals that engage in cyber attacks should face consequences and international condemnation. In an interconnected world, an attack on one nation’s networks can be an attack on all. By reinforcing that message, we can create norms of behavior among states and encourage respect for the global networked commons.

THE FREEDOM TO CONNECT

The final freedom I want to address today flows from the four I’ve already mentioned: the freedom to connect – the idea that governments should not prevent people from connecting to the internet, to websites, or to each other. The freedom to connect is like the freedom of assembly in cyber space. It allows individuals to get online, come together, and hopefully cooperate in the name of progress. Once you’re on the internet, you don’t need to be a tycoon or a rock star to have a huge impact on society.

The largest public response to the terrorist attacks in Mumbai was launched by a 13-year-old boy. He used social networks to organize blood drives and a massive interfaith book of condolence. In Colombia, an unemployed engineer brought together more than 12 million people in 190 cities around the world to demonstrate against the FARC terrorist movement. The protests were the largest anti-terrorist demonstrations in history. In the weeks that followed, the FARC saw more demobilizations and desertions than it had during a decade of military action. And in Mexico, a single email from a private citizen who was fed up with drug-related violence snowballed into huge demonstrations in all of the country’s 32 states. In Mexico City alone, 150,000 people took to the streets in protest. The internet can help humanity push back against those who promote violence and extremism.

In Iran, Moldova, and many other countries, online organizing has been a critical tool for advancing democracy, and enabling citizens to protest suspicious election results. Even in established democracies like the United States, we’ve seen the power of these tools to change history. Some of you may still remember the 2008 presidential election…

The freedom to connect to these technologies can help transform societies, but it is also critically important to individuals. I recently heard the story of a doctor who had been trying desperately to diagnose his daughter’s rare medical condition. After consulting with two dozen specialists, he still didn’t have an answer. He finally identified the condition – and a cure – by using an internet search engine. That’s one of the reasons why unfettered access to search engine technology is so important.

APPLYING PRINCIPLES TO POLICY

The principles I’ve outlined today will guide our approach to the issue of internet freedom and the use of these technologies. And I want to speak about how we apply them in practice. The United States is committed to devoting the diplomatic, economic and technological resources necessary to advance these freedoms. We are a nation made up of immigrants from every country and interests that span the globe. Our foreign policy is premised on the idea that no country stands to benefit more when cooperation among peoples and states increases. And no country shoulders a heavier burden when conflict drives nations apart.

We are well placed to seize the opportunities that come with interconnectivity. And as the birthplace for so many of these technologies, we have a responsibility to see them used for good. To do that, we need to develop our capacity for 21st century statecraft.

Realigning our policies and our priorities won’t be easy. But adjusting to new technology rarely is. When the telegraph was introduced, it was a source of great anxiety for many in the diplomatic community, where the prospect of receiving daily instructions from Washington was not entirely welcome. But just as our diplomats eventually mastered the telegraph, I have supreme confidence that the world can harness the potential of these new tools as well.

I’m proud that the State Department is already working in more than 40 countries to help individuals silenced by oppressive governments. We are making this issue a priority in at the United Nations as well, and included internet freedom as a component in the first resolution we introduced after returning to the UN Human Rights Council.

We are also supporting the development of new tools that enable citizens to exercise their right of free expression by circumventing politically motivated censorship. We are working globally to make sure that those tools get to the people who need them, in local languages, and with the training they need to access the internet safely. The United States has been assisting in these efforts for some time. Both the American people and nations that censor the internet should understand that our government is proud to help promote internet freedom.

We need to put these tools in the hands of people around the world who will use them to advance democracy and human rights, fight climate change and epidemics, build global support for President Obama’s goal of a world without nuclear weapons, and encourage sustainable economic development. That’s why today I’m announcing that over the next year, we will work with partners in industry, academia, and non-governmental organizations to establish a standing effort that will harness the power of connection technologies and apply them to our diplomatic goals. By relying on mobile phones, mapping applications, and other new tools, we can empower citizens and leverage our traditional diplomacy. We can also address deficiencies in the current market for innovation.

Let me give you one example: let’s say I want to create a mobile phone application that would allow people to rate government ministries on their responsiveness, efficiency, and level of corruption. The hardware required to make this idea work is already in the hands of billions of potential users. And the software involved would be relatively inexpensive to develop and deploy. If people took advantage of this tool, it would help us target foreign assistance spending, improve lives, and encourage foreign investment in countries with responsible governments – all good things. However, right now, mobile application developers have no financial incentive to pursue that project on their own and the State Department lacks a mechanism to make it happen. This initiative should help resolve that problem, and provide long-term dividends from modest investments in innovation. We’re going to work with experts to find the best structure for this venture, and we’ll need the talent and resources of technology companies and non-profit organizations in order to get the best results. So for those of you in this room, consider yourselves invited.

In the meantime, there are companies, individuals, and institutions working on ideas and applications that could advance our diplomatic and development objectives. And the State Department will be launching an innovation competition to give this work an immediate boost. We’ll be asking Americans to send us their best ideas for applications and technologies that help to break down language barriers, overcome illiteracy, and connect people to the services and information they need. Microsoft, for example, has already developed a prototype for a digital doctor that could help provide medical care in isolated rural communities. We want to see more ideas like that. And we’ll work with the winners of the competition and provide grant to help build their ideas to scale.

PRIVATE SECTOR AND FOREIGN GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBILITY

As we work together with the private sector and foreign governments to deploy the tools of 21st century statecraft, we need to remember our shared responsibility to safeguard the freedoms I’ve talked about today.

We feel strongly that principles like information freedom aren’t just good policy, they’re good business for all involved. To use market terminology, a publicly-listed company in Tunisia or Vietnam that operates in an environment of censorship will always trade at a discount relative to an identical firm in a free society. If corporate decision makers don’t have access to global sources of news and information, investors will have less confidence in their decisions. Countries that censor news and information must recognize that, from an economic standpoint, there is no distinction between censoring political speech and commercial speech. If businesses in your nation are denied access to either type of information, it will inevitably reduce growth.

Increasingly, U.S. companies are making the issue of information freedom a greater consideration in their business decisions. I hope that their competitors and foreign governments will pay close attention to this trend.

The most recent example of Google’s review of its business operations in China has attracted a great deal of interest. We look to Chinese authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the cyber intrusions that led Google to make this announcement. We also look for that investigation and its results to be transparent. The internet has already been a source of tremendous progress in China, and it’s great that so many people there are now online. But countries that restrict free access to information or violate the basic rights of internet users risk walling themselves off from the progress of the next century. The United States and China have different views on this issue. And we intend to address those differences candidly and consistently.

Ultimately, this issue isn’t just about information freedom; it’s about what kind of world we’re going to inhabit. It’s about whether we live on a planet with one internet, one global community, and a common body of knowledge that unites and benefits us all. Or a fragmented planet in which access to information and opportunity is dependent on where you live and the whims of censors.

Information freedom supports the peace and security that provide a foundation for global progress. Historically, asymmetrical access to information is one of the leading causes of interstate conflict. When we face serious disputes or dangerous incidents, it’s critical that people on both sides of the problem have access to the same set of facts and opinions.

As it stands, Americans can consider information presented by foreign governments – we do not block their attempts to communicate with people in the United States. But citizens in societies that practice censorship lack exposure to outside views. In North Korea, for example, the government has tried to completely isolate its citizens from outside opinions. This lop-sided access to information increases both the likelihood of conflict and the probability that small disagreements will escalate. I hope responsible governments with an interest in global stability will work to address such imbalances.

For companies, this issue is about more than claiming the moral high ground; it comes down to the trust between firms and their customers. Consumers everywhere want to have confidence that the internet companies they rely on will provide comprehensive search results and act as responsible stewards of their information. Firms that earn that confidence will prosper in a global marketplace. Those who lose it will also lose customers. I hope that refusal to support politically-motivated censorship will become a trademark characteristic of American technology companies. It should be part of our national brand. I’m confident that consumers worldwide will reward firms that respect these principles.

We are reinvigorating the Global Internet Freedom Task Force as a forum for addressing threats to internet freedom around the world, and urging U.S. media companies to take a proactive role in challenging foreign governments’ demands for censorship and surveillance. The private sector has a shared responsibility to help safeguard free expression. And when their business dealings threaten to undermine this freedom, they need to consider what’s right, not simply the prospect of quick profits.

We’re also encouraged by the work that’s being done through the Global Network Initiative – a voluntary effort by technology companies who are working with non-governmental organization, academic experts, and social investment funds to respond to government requests for censorship. The Initiative goes beyond mere statements of principle and establishes mechanisms to promote real accountability and transparency. As part of our commitment to support responsible private sector engagement on information freedom, the State Department will be convening a high-level meeting next month co-chaired by Under Secretaries Robert Hormats and Maria Otero to bring together firms that provide network services for talks on internet freedom. We hope to work together to address this challenge.

CONCLUSION

Pursuing the freedoms I’ve talked about today is the right thing to do.

But it’s also the smart thing to do. By advancing this agenda, we align our principles, our economic goals, and our strategic priorities. We need to create a world in which access to networks and information brings people closer together, and expands our definition of community.

Given the magnitude of the challenges we’re facing, we need people around the world to pool their knowledge and creativity to help rebuild the global economy, protect our environment, defeat violent extremism, and build a future in which every human being can realize their God-given potential.

Let me close by asking you to remember the little girl who was pulled from the rubble on Monday in Port-au-Prince. She is alive, was reunited with her family, and will have the opportunity to help rebuild her nation because these networks took a voice that was buried and spread it to the world. No nation, group, or individual should stay buried in the rubble of oppression. We cannot stand by while people are separated from our human family by walls of censorship. And we cannot be silent about these issues simply because we cannot hear their cries. Let us recommit ourselves to this cause. Let us make these technologies a force for real progress the world over. And let us go forward together to champion these freedoms.