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Forbes: Could your favourite websites disappear from the Internet?

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:40 -- Eva Prkachin

Harsh provisions in this international trade agreement threaten to censor your Internet. Check out what OpenMedia's Cynthia Khoo has to say, and make sure to check out our positive alternative at https://OpenMedia.org/DigitalFuture

Article by Katheryn Thayer for Forbes

The latest threat to digital innovation and free speech online sounds innocuous. And it is a threat that lives in the details, in pages upon pages of leaked documents, still being parsed by legal experts and internet policy advocates.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, frequently referred to as “TPP”, is a trade agreement initiated in 2005 and attended by US, Japan, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, and Brunei Darussalam. Every few years, more information is leaked, and with every leak, open Internet activists and free speech advocates become more alarmed at the threat to civilian rights and public best-interest. Leaked details routinely demonstrate the group is extending corporate intellectual property rights, and corporate partners are invited into proceedings while the general public is excluded.

Leaked documents from ongoing negotiations show every sign of killing innovation. Copyright law will be more strictly enforced, giving internet users less freedom of expression and creative repurposing of mainstream media. The Electronic Frontiers Foundation describes leaked provisions as showing “a profound disconnect with the reality of the modern computer,” and warns that, “As drafted, the related provision creates chilling effects not just on how we behave online, but also on the basic ability of people and companies to use and create on the Web.”

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