Stop the Secrecy


What I told those behind the biggest threat to Internet freedom: The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:00 -- Steve Anderson

Thanks to all of you who have joined us at OpenMedia in our campaigns, last Friday I had the opportunity to address some of the lead bureaucrats and lobbyists behind the threat to Internet freedom that is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). My goal was to bring the voices of Internet users to their attention and to demonstrate that citizens are watching en masse.

New developments on the ITU: A late-night global Internet power-grab

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 13:00 -- Steve Anderson

As many of you know, the world’s governments are meeting to update a key treaty of a UN agency called the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). We have received word that a last-minute resolution was put forward that could expand ITU authority over Internet governance, consequently threatening Internet freedom. 

The Trade Disagreement: Opposition Grows to Controversial Treaty

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 10:00 -- Catherine Hart

As the 15th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations draws to a close today, the Internet freedom community is taking stock of what was said, and perhaps more significantly, what wasn’t. Developments over the last few weeks have suggested that the controversial treaty may be losing steam as public opposition gains momentum – and there was plenty of opposition in evidence at the negotiations. The secretive agreement isn’t ploughing ahead unhindered, and this is largely due to the actions of citizens and the Internet freedom community.

RT News: Mozilla joins growing opposition against secret Internet treaty

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 14:00 -- OpenMedia

After yesterday's backtracking by Russia on invasive Internet proposals that could lead to strict Internet governance and an erosion of human rights online, more critics are speaking out in condemning the secretive International Telecommunications Union (ITU) discussions.

Citizens worldwide need to have a voice in decisions affecting our Internet use. Make yours be heard to ITU representatives in sending a message through

NZ Herald: Copyright clampdown of the TPP

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 10:00 -- OpenMedia

A secretive trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is again being negotiated this week in closed-door discussions – seeking to introduce invasive copyright legislation to everyday Internet use.

Let the lobbyists and bureaucrats behind the TPP know that citizens worldwide rightfully deserve a seat at the table. Learn more about what's hidden within the TPP and speak out at

Article by Geoff Cumming for The New Zealand Herald

ITU: Packet Sniffing Proposals are Creating a Stink

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 20:18 -- Catherine Hart

Our coation partners over at the Centre for Democracy and Technology (CDT) have raised concerns over some developments in the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) negotiations currently going on in Dubai. These negotiations will expand the power of the ITU, and as we’ve noted in the past, their secrecy is being used by some nations to push undemocratic rules that will legitimize the censorship and surveillance of its citizens. The CDT has now discovered that this goal has been brought one step closer to reality, through new rules for the standards-setting body of the ITU in advance of the official negotiations.

Huffington Post: Canada creating a secret group of lobbyists at TPP negotiations

Wed, 12/05/2012 - 17:00 -- OpenMedia

The Canadian government has mistakenly sent us at OpenMedia a non-disclosure agreement intended for lobbyists involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This is confirmation that this secretive and extreme agreement is being put in place on behalf of bureaucrats, not citizens.

We're on the ground at the ongoing TPP negotiations, set to read out your comments to officials tomorrow. Send in your messages at and help us speak out against the TPP's Internet trap.

Video: How the ITU is threatening Internet freedom and access

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 14:00 -- OpenMedia

After a sudden shutdown of Syria's Internet access late last week, a keen focus is being given to the ongoing discussions of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

These discussions could lead to greater surveillance over everyday online activity, more expensive access costs, and strict censorship that would have governments deciding what citizens can or cannot see.

Financial Post: UN Web conference begins amid criticism from open Internet advocates

Mon, 12/03/2012 - 00:00 -- OpenMedia

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) discussions are underway – leaving citizens worldwide to question the motivations of some of the countries involved.

These discussions could lead to strict Internet governance, increased access costs and an erosion of human rights online. Send a message directly to your ITU delegates at

Article by Christine Dobby for Financial Post

Wired: The UN shouldn't make decisions behind closed doors

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 00:00 -- OpenMedia

This week, global governments are participating in closed-door discussions held through the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) – an agency of the United Nations. Their goal is to update a telecommunications treaty – but certain repressive governments are planning to use this as an opportunity to drastically change citizens' Internet use.