The Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2017: Giving Cyber the Importance It Needs at the State Department

From: Lawfare

A bill from a strong bipartisan group of House members may reinstate and elevate a version of the cyber coordinator position eliminated as part of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s controversial “redesign” in July. The bill recognizes the degree to which protecting security in cyberspace and promoting digital communications as a vital economic, social, and political bridge have become critical to the mission of the U.S. government.

The bill is the Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2017, sponsored by the chair and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (Republican Ed Royce of California and Democrat Elliot Engel of New York, respectively), House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas), and several senior members on both sides of the aisle in these two committees. The bill was introduced Sept. 14 and reported out of the Foreign Affairs Committee by voice vote Nov. 15.

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