I am delighted to be able to send greetings to all of you as you come together to tackle the full range of cyber policy issues. As I said last year when we launched our International Strategy for Cyberspace, the issues you’re working on represent a new foreign policy imperative for the United States. That’s why we are building an environment in which norms of responsible behavior guide states’ actions, sustain partnerships, and support the rule of law in cyberspace. Within the last six months, the United States has launched new whole-of-government cyber dialogues with Brazil, India, South Africa, and many of our closest allies and like-minded partners. We have also had productive conversations with Russia and China, and we are working with key international and multilateral partners to find common ground; and we are supporting capacity building in the developing world by partnering with allies to deliver a range of programs.
I am particularly pleased that you will be examining how nongovernmental actors can help harness the power of the internet to promote more inclusive government and greater democratic values.
As you look for new solutions and continue these conversations from Budapest to Seoul and beyond, consider the United States a partner every step of the way.