International Communications and Information Policy (CIP) is led by Deputy Assistant Secretary Michael Benz.
CIP is divided into three offices: Bilateral and Regional Affairs, Multilateral Affairs, and Technology and Security Policy.
Bilateral and Regional Affairs (CIP/BA)
The Office of Bilateral and Regional Affairs focuses on targeted bilateral-objectives divided by region and works directly with foreign governments to promote fair, market friendly digital economy policies. Some of the current hot topics in CIP-BA include 5G, ASEAN related events, and the EUR Privacy Shield Ombudsperson Mechanism.
Multilateral Affairs (CIP/MA)
The Office of Multilateral Affairs (MA) works closely with industry and civil society to determine U.S. interests and lead U.S. delegations to multilateral meetings to advocate for fair and market friendly digital economy, telecommunications and internet policies. Officers continually work to support the IDET Advisory Committees, which help to coordinate Executive Branch views on related policies. Current topics areas include, but are not limited to ITU, WRC, CITEL, OECD, G7, G20, IGF and APEC-TEL. U.S. input contributions and positions for international conferences and meetings involving international telecommunications and information policy matters are informed by preparatory processes convened by the Department of State for each meeting.
Technology and Security Policy (CIP/TS)
CIP’s Office of Technology and Security Policy serves as the Department lead for key global telecommunications security policy challenges. Officers regularly collaborate with allies and partners to help build cooperation to address current and ongoing topics, such as illicit use of ICTs and social media platforms, vulnerabilities in undersea cables, interference with satellite networks, vulnerabilities in the U.S. and global telecommunications supply chain, telecommunications sanctions policy and telecommunications export policy.