US State Dept Launches Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy (CDP)

The U.S. State Department announced that the Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy (CDP) is now operational beginning today April 4. 

According to a media note released by the U.S. State Department’s spokesperson, the CDP bureau “will address the national security challenges, economic opportunities, and implications for U.S. values associated with cyberspace, digital technologies, and digital policy.” 

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, said in a speech last October 2021, that the creation of the CPD bureau is part of his modernization agenda. 

The CDP bureau has three policy units that included the International Cyberspace Security, International Information and Communications Policy, and Digital Freedom. 

While waiting for a Senate-confirmed Ambassador-at-Large, Jennifer Bachus, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, has started serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the CDP bureau. 

The U.S. State Department also announced that Bachus will be joined by Michele Markoff, serving as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Cyberspace Security; Stephen Anderson, serving as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Information and Communications Policy; and Blake Peterson serving as Acting Digital Freedom Coordinator.


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