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“Connection technologies, like the Internet and social networking sites, should enhance individuals’ ability to worship as they see fit, come together with people of their own faith, and learn more about the beliefs of others,” she said.

Leonard A. Leo, chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, said he hoped the secretary’s speech will start bringing “human rights diplomacy into the 21st century.”

“The use and restriction of new technology is a future religious freedom battleground, as governments use technology to monitor religious freedom activists and stifle the flow of religious information,” he said.