Thanks to support from Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), I had a chance to attend the latest round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, from December 3rd to the 12th, in Auckland, New Zealand. I agreed to attend and make a presentation to the negotiators.
The International Intellectual Property Alliance is demanding countries like Canada and Spain be placed back on an intellectual property ‘watch list’. This comes after both countries acceded to demands and made their copyright laws much more restrictive.
We asked our community to share stories about why they support our work as part of our yearly December Allies Drive. Christina Bub of Ontario, Canada had this to say:
The UK government finally updated their copyright legislation, bringing it into step with the way individuals use the technology. It's now legal for “people to copy digital content they have bought onto any medium or device that they own [for personal use]."
Check out this volunteer-made video of our Internet-born Lindsey Pinto!
The Philippine Supreme Court is reviewing a controversial law described as overly broad and vague that would curb free speech on the Internet. Because of petitions filed by individuals and public interest groups, the law's implementation has been delayed. Let’s continue to call for openness and expression on the Internet - sign and share the Declaration of Internet Freedom: http://openmedianow.net/declaration
Article by Maricel Estavillo for Intellectual Property Watch:
U.S. telecom companies are pushing policies that would mean “a lot less public and open WiFi at a time when we actually need much more open access.” Open public WiFi helps improve the Internet’s accessibility and citizens’ opportunities to use it. We need to send a clear message - Internet access and openness are priority: http://openmedianow.net/declaration
Article by Mike Masnick for TechDirt:
Google and Twitter transparency reports show increases in government demands for user data and requests to censor Internet users. Google and Twitter have made a positive effort to share how government surveillance operates, but we need more.
Check out our own Shea Sinnott as she recognizes the impossibility of OpenMedia without the support of our OpenMedia Allies in this volunteer-made video.