The International Communication and Information Policy (CIP) group is led by the United States Coordinator for International Communication and Information Policy who also holds the rank of Deputy Assistant Secretary and, by U.S. Senate confirmation, Ambassador.
CIP is divided into three offices: Bilateral and Regional Affairs, Multilateral Affairs, and Technology and Security Policy. These offices lead interagency delegations to international meetings (frequently with private sector participation), work with Advisory Committees, coordinate Executive Branch views on related policies, provide fora for input from private sector and consumer organizations, and maintain close liaison with U.S. embassies and other missions around the world to advocate U.S. interests.
The Office of Bilateral and Regional Affairs works directly with foreign governments to promote fair, market friendly digital economy policies. We also advocate for an open, secure, interoperable and reliable internet. CIP/BA is the secretariat for the Privacy Shield Ombudsperson Mechanism.
The Office of Multilateral Affairs (MA) represents and advocates for the full range of U.S. information and communication technology (ICT), internet, digital economy, and telecommunications policy interests at the United Nations and other international organizations. We work closely with industry and civil society to determine U.S. interests and lead U.S. delegations to multilateral meetings to advocate for fair, market friendly telecommunications, digital economy, and internet policies that support U.S. national interests and an open, secure, interoperable and reliable internet.
CIP’s Office of Technology and Security Policy serves as the Department lead for key global telecommunications security policy challenges including the illicit use of ICTs and social media platforms, vulnerabilities in undersea cables, interference with satellite networks, vulnerabilities in the U.S. and global telecommunications supply chain, telecommunications sanctions policy, telecommunications export policy and many more. We regularly partner with allies and partners to help build cooperation and collaboration to address these pressing global security challenges. Our ongoing coordination with key stakeholders (across government, industry, civil society and academia) is vital to successful policy developments.
Our work focuses on protecting economic security, national security and the prosperity of our nation, our citizens and our businesses here and abroad.