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Why America Has a New Tech Ambassador

Nathaniel Fick on running the State Department’s new Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy.

By , the editor in chief of Foreign Policy.
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Nathaniel Fick, the ambassador-at-large for the U.S. State Department, speaks to students during a recruitment event at Stanford University in Stanford, California.

When the internet first proliferated in the 1990s, the prevalent global mood was that the world was on a path towards more freedoms, more access, and more openness. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton famously told reporters that the very idea of controlling the internet would be like nailing Jell-O to a wall.

Ravi Agrawal is the editor in chief of Foreign Policy. Twitter: @RaviReports

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