H.R.491: Global Online Freedom Act of 2013

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about international affairs
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Sponsor Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J.
Total Cosponsors 2 (1 Democrat, 1 Republican)
Introduced Feb. 4, 2013
Latest Major Action Feb. 25, 2013
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Bill Summary

Global Online Freedom Act of 2013 - 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) U.S. businesses operating in foreign countries should ensure online access to U.S.-supported websites and government reports, promote the security of Internet users, and limit censorship of protected political and religious speech and information.

Amends the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to require assessments of freedom of expression with respect to electronic information in each foreign country.

Directs the Secretary of State to ann...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 25, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.
Feb. 4, 2013 Referred to House Financial Services
Feb. 4, 2013 Referred to House Ways and Means
Feb. 4, 2013 Referred to House Foreign Affairs