The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement continues to threaten our free speech, Internet privacy and due process. As negotiators behind the TPP continue to hide the text from public eyes, we've been taking to the Internet to voice our concerns.
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’.
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.
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.
AT&T is about to cripple a video-calling app called FaceTime, telling iPhone users that to get it via mobile, they’ll have to pay a premium (more expensive) rate. Today, we’re collaborating with FreePress to give you a way to take a stand: Please tell the FCC to take action against AT&T's blocking.
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.
Are you going to let them get away with this undemocratic secrecy? Stand up for the open Internet and your rights: StopTheTrap.net
Citizens worldwide are continuing a campaign for NetFreedom in speaking out against dangerous trade treaties and legislation that would compromise Internet security.
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 OpenTheTPP.net 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.
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 OpenTheTPP.net 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 OpenTheTPP.net 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 http://OpenTheTPP.net.