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Jennifer Bachus, Senior Bureau Official and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Cyberspace and Digital Policy Bureau, delivers remarks at the inauguration of the new Cyberspace and Digital Policy Bureau at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on April 4, 2022. (State Department photo by Ron Przysucha)

Pursuing American diplomacy in a more competitive world requires a fresh look at modern problems. As part of his modernization agenda, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the creation of a new Cyberspace and Digital Policy Bureau, led by Jennifer Bachus, senior bureau official and principal deputy assistant secretary.

  • Bachus told Government Matters the bureau brings together existing units and looks at the national security, economic policy and human rights components of cyberspace.

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman visit the newly inaugurated Cyberspace and Digital Policy Bureau headed by Jennifer Bachus at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on April 4, 2022. (State Department photo by Ron Przysucha)

  • She said it aims to ensure U.S. policy promotes the vision that everyone in the world should have the right to access information through the internet.
  • The bureau exercises digital diplomacy by working with other countries on the three components and has set up a United Nations framework to establish cybersecurity rules, said Bachus.

 

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