Quoted in an article by SC Magazine concerning the State Department’s silence on matters of global privacy and cybersecurity practices, Alexander Urbelis opined that his silence is “hardly surprising” given the inconsistent messaging from the administration, executive, and legislative components of federal and state government. 

Going further, Urbelis stated that “If State takes a laudatory position on the UN resolution that offline human rights should be similarly protected online, then State is implicitly endorsing the work of digital rights activists, which could be seen to be at loggerheads with the administration's position on whistleblowers.” 

The article, published by SC Magazine, is entitled 'State Dep't Crippled by Cyber Practices, Inconsistent Messaging from US Agencies' and was inspired, in part, by comments about cybersecurity made by President Obama made this past weekend at two separate event.