Hillary Clinton talks net neutrality, philanthropy in tech at Dreamforce 2014

“Ethics are as important as electronics. Corporate responsibility is highly prized. That’s a model not just for this industry, but the world,” Clinton posited.

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SAN FRANCISCO---The benefits of technology to people’s lives need to outweigh the pitfalls, starting by producing more jobs and connecting communities, argued former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Leading off Dreamforce 2014 on Tuesday morning, Secretary Clinton covered a broad range of topics over the course of the morning keynote, including citing uses of mobile and social tech for fueling the Clinton Foundation’s initiatives for education and healthcare.

Maintaining an “open Internet” is a critical, asserted Clinton, going on to outline how the U.S. Department of State "kept trying to spend money to defend those rights” during her tenure as chief of the bureau.

"It became obvious that individuals, especially those with activist approaches and dissident opinions, were increasingly becoming the targets of governments,” Clinton insisted.

“Ethics are as important as electronics. Corporate responsibility is highly prized. That’s a model not just for this industry, but the world,” Clinton posited.

The opportunity to speak out, Clinton continued, to associate with others around the globe is "a core value in line with freedom of speech and what we have enshrined in our Bill of Rights."

"I will tell all of you here this is an ongoing struggle, with more oppressive regimes worldwide who want more control over the Internet, shut it down and interfere with people’s freedoms,” she added, further arguing that it is “absolutely clear to me that we have to keep the Internet open.” Clinton also applauded President Obama for championing net neutrality, which is at the center of its own ongoing debate domestically.

Clinton also praised host Salesforce.com and its CEO Marc Benioff for "reinventing how companies do philanthropy.” She highlighted the San Francisco-headquartered corporation’s involvement with UCSF Children’s Hospitals in the Bay Area as well as the Software-as-a-Service provider’s "the 1/1/1 model” for committing people, technology, and resources.

Clinton characterized the latter project “as revolutionary as the cloud”

“Ethics are as important as electronics. Corporate responsibility is highly prized. That’s a model not just for this industry, but the world,” Clinton posited.

Secretary Clinton has made numerous appearances in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley over the last several months, feeding rumors about fundraising for a potential 2016 presidential campaign bid.

In April , the former New York senator also stopped by Marketo’s customer conference in San Francisco. Clinton explained over the course of less than half an hour how she sees marketing driving innovation and the role it plays in promoting both economic prosperity as well as diplomacy.

The former First Lady covered a broader range of topics, zeroing in on privacy and security, during data storage and software provider Nexenta's OpenSDx Summit in August.

Championing the business potential of big data, Clinton cited that the United States is home to one third of all data in the entire world. She posited, "That's a major competitive advantage."

Screenshot via Salesforce.com

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