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Thu, 10/04/2012 - 17:08 -- OpenMedia

The head of the Motion Picture Association of America has claimed that the copyright legislation within the Stop Online Piracy Act is "dead", but a similar threat to our free speech and Internet use lives on in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. 

Learn more about the TPP at StopTheTrap.net and read more on this story at Ars Technica.

Infojustice.org: Mexico joins Secretive TPP negotiations

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 00:00 -- Catherine Hart

This week an interagency hearing was hosted by the Office of the United States Trade Representative regarding Mexico’s addition to the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. The pro-Internet community has largely been shut out of these discussions, and judging from the priorities highlighted by this latest hearing, there is little intention of changing that anytime soon.

NBC News: More countries are restricting Internet access to stifle critics

Tue, 09/25/2012 - 00:00 -- OpenMedia

The U.S. advocacy group Freedom House has released a new report that reveals increasing government restrictions on citizens' Internet use and access. In certain countries social networks are banned, censors employ improved filtering software and there are even online discussions manipulated by governments.

Show your support for an open Internet by signing the Free Press Declaration of Internet Freedom and join our campaign to stop invasive Internet censorship at StopTheTrap.net.

Reporting back: OpenTheTPP.net & 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’.

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.

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 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.

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