Stop the Secrecy

Reporting back: & the Virginia negotiations

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 00:00 -- OpenMedia

Last week, negotiators and trade representatives behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement met in Virginia for another round of discussions. Once again, citizens of the pro-Internet community were left out of these secretive negotiations and public interest groups had their opportunities to speak out allocated in a series of 10-minute ‘stakeholder presentations’.

UN proposals threaten the Internet as we know it

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 10:58 -- Catherine Hart

In July we posted an update on some moves being made by the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to take over management of the Internet. We were concerned about this development because allowing the ITU to control the Internet could allow nations like China and Russia to legitimize undemocratic practices, including censorship and control over their citizens’ Internet access. As a result, we joined with the pro-Internet community to demand that when the issue is debated in December at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), these negotiations are transparent and civil society groups and the public are able to participate.

U.S. patent office censors access to Internet freedom websites

Tue, 09/18/2012 - 17:00 -- Lindsey Pinto

During a visit to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), James Love of Knowledge Economy International (KEI) was surprised to find that he couldn't use the Office's wifi to get to the KEI website. Instead, he got this message:

Your request was denied because this URL contains content that is categorized as: "Political/Activist Groups" which is blocked by USPTO policy. If you believe the categorization is inaccurate, please contact the USPTO Service Desk and request a manual review of the URL.

ars technica: France convicts first person under anti-piracy law

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 16:36 -- OpenMedia

A three-strikes anti-piracy law has claimed its first victim in France. In a controversial decision, the charges were filed against the owner of an unsecured DSL account on which the illegal downloads were made, instead of the individual who admitted to accessing the content.

As copyright laws continue to plague citizens with harsh penalties and fines worldwide, the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement looks to further restrict our access. Stand up for your Internet rights at

EFF: TPP delegates try to shut out citizens

Fri, 09/14/2012 - 15:45 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Are you going to let them get away with this undemocratic secrecy? Stand up for the open Internet and your rights:

Article by Maira Sutton for the EFF:
Secret negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) continued this week in a golf resort outside Washington DC, and the process continues to be as secret and undemocratic as ever. TPP is yet another example of how the US entertainment and pharma industry are pressuring lawmakers to push forward overprotective intellectual property laws that will also put the Internet and its users at risk.

EFF: The Triple Threat of the TPP

Tue, 09/11/2012 - 16:11 -- OpenMedia

As trade talks concerning the Trans-Pacific Partnership continue into this week, so does discussion concerning the TPP's threats to free speech, Internet privacy and due process. With your assistance in responding to our campaign, we've already brought some of this discussion directly to trade representatives and negotiators in a push to open up the TPP to further public discourse.

Open The TPP campaign turns heads at negotiations

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 15:15 -- OpenMedia

Over the past week, we've been asking you to submit your comments, images and perspectives of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that you wanted to put in front of TPP negotiators. Yesterday morning, our coalition partners were on the ground in Leesburg, Virginia to share and project your feedback during a round of public consultation. 

Your messages were provoking, smart and unified by a common opinion that we deserve to know more about the secrecy surrounding the TPP. With your help and support of the campaign we've taken the first steps in pushing towards transparency and truth, so a sincere thanks to everyone who sent their messages in through Facebook, Twitter, e-mail and our campaign site. If you haven't already, feel free to share your thoughts in a comment below or at