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Huffington Post: What the Top-Secret TPP Talks Mean for the Future of the Internet and Democracy

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:02 -- Eva Prkachin

The Internet thrives on the ability for users to share and adapt content freely, without fear of unreasonable reprisal. TPP negotiators want to take that power away, and replace it with restrictive laws that would force ISPs to heavily police their users. Help us fight TPP censorship and secrecy by speaking out at https://OpenMedia.org/FaceToFace

Article by Maira Sutton for the Huffington Post

It's always the most sinister, and yet cowardly things that live in the dark.

For decades, corporations and state officials have continued to scheme through dozens of international deals to capture the democratic process from the public. The most glaring avenue for this corporate capture has been in trade agreements. Trade officials are now secretly meeting at the Delta Hotel in downtown Ottawa over the latest and most threatening of these agreements: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The TPP is a massive deal between 12 Pacific countries that could have a resounding impact on hundreds of millions of lives. Like similar agreements, it has been negotiated at expensive, luxurious hotels around the world, where trade delegates secretly meet to make high-stakes deals between their nations. Their public statements and press releases may tout the public benefits of these agreements, but the trade ministers' primary goal is to appease private interests.

- Read more at the Huffington Post