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February 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton Q&A at Twitter HQ


Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the potential Democratic presidential candidate who has been promoting her new book “Hard Choices,” did a Q&A on Monday at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters, where she talked about women in politics, college costs, Russia and many other topics — including tech issues.

Internet censorship:

“I gave a speech about Internet freedom  in January of 2010 and I did it in part because I think Internet freedom is a fundamental human right.” [Background: Clinton’s speech; Twitter is banned in China.]

“But what I have found is that more and more countries are trying to restrict the Internet, trying to censor it, trying to eliminate opposing points of view and there has to be both a governmental response to that and a social media response to that, so that more voices are raised about how fundamentally wrong it is to try to limit access to the Internet, Twitter or any to other social media platform.”

“Its not only China, it’s other … countries as well but China’s such a big market and there’s such a huge appetite for social media in China that I think we have to look at both better trade actions and continue to fight against censorship and not permit countries to ban together as China and Russia are trying to do to fundamentally undermine the freedom of the Internet.”

Social media, conflicting nations and diplomacy:

“I would hope that we would see a maturing of the use of social media not just to score points, whether its individuals versus individuals, organizations or nations, but to try to create space for real conversation where people actually listen to each other and where maybe there could be more outreach through social media in trying to create reconciliation.”

“It is a fact of social media right now that too often people use it as a weapon instead of an opportunity. And maybe one of the ways we can think together about the next phase in the development of social media is as a tool of outreach, a tool of reconciliation, a tool of negotiation and maybe even resolution.”

The global gender gap in Internet use:

“Hundreds of millions fewer women are on the Internet than men. And what does that mean for you as a business? How do you attract more women? How do you get more women to get access either through affordability or ending the discrimination that still prevents them from having it?”

She tweeted earlier in the day that she’d also be visiting Google and Facebook, and she did a Q&A via Facebook as well.

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