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.
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.
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 StopTheTrap.net.
Article by Geoff Cumming for The New Zealand Herald
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.
The secretive and restrictive Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is nearing its 15th round of negotiations, which will be held from December 3-12 in Auckland, New Zealand. This will be the first round of negotiations that Canadian and Mexican representatives will be attending since they signed onto the negotiations in October.
Next week, secretive and closed-door meetings of the ITU will aim to put governments in control of your Internet use – establishing binding online rules for citizens worldwide.
We need to have our government representatives stand up for Internet freedom – not restrict it. Send an email to your country's representatives using our online tool at ProtectInternetFreedom.net/Stand.
Article by L. Gordon Crovitz for The Wall Street Journal
With the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) meetings beginning next week, telecom companies are lobbying for access costs and content fees that could change the way citizens pay for the Internet.
Take a stand against the ITU's global Internet governance. Join us alongside a multi-national coalition in speaking out to ProtectInternetFreedom.net.
Article by Eric Pfanner for The New York Times
According to Internet freedom group European Digital Rights, provisions that would criminalize our Internet use may be dropped from the Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA)! While the battle isn’t over yet, this is a huge step forward for the Internet freedom community and the thousands of Canadians who shouted down the same provisions in July of this year, when they were part of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
After an overwhelming response from citizens worldwide speaking out, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has today released all documents related to next month's discussions.
In releasing the texts, the ITU has even acknowledged that there are proposals that "would have a significant impact on the Internet". It's a welcome shift towards transparency – one that has been inspired by people like you – but we need to keep up the pressure.
It's been suggested that a wave of online censorship was enforced over Chinese citizens during a recent Communist Party meeting. This authoritative muffling of free speech might come as little surprise, but the fact that it could extend beyond China's borders is sure to be unsettling.