Chairman Royce on the hearing: “Authoritarian regimes and foreign actors are working overtime to impose more control online, including through censorship. These destructive efforts to weaponize the internet undermine America’s foreign policy and security, as well as our economy. As Americans become more and more connected with digital technology, the United States must ensure the internet remains open, reliable and secure. This hearing will explore foreign threats to the internet and the important role diplomacy plays in addressing them.”

Opening Statements

Full text of Chairman Ed Royce’s opening statement


Mr. Christopher Painter
Global Commission for the Stability of Cyberspace
(Former Coordinator for Cyber Issues, U.S. Department of State)
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]

Mr. John Miller
Vice President for Global Policy and Law, Cybersecurity, and Privacy
Information Technology Industry Council
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]

Michael Sulmeyer, Ph.D.
Cyber Security Project
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University
(Former Director for Plans and Operations for Cyber Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense)
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]


Hearing transcript (PDF)