Big Telecom worldwide is being deregulated to the point where real competition could cease to exist. With fewer service provider options, prices might go up, but the quality of service could suffer without incentive to improve.
Freedom of Expression
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.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade agreement is being negotiated by a number of Pacific Rim countries, including the United States, Canada and Australia. Hidden within the TPP text is a chapter concerning copyright laws that could drastically change your everyday use of the Internet.
Speak out at StopTheTrap.net and let your voice be heard alongside +110,000 members of the pro-Internet community.
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.
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.
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.
The negotiating parties behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership are continuing to restrict access and input to the TPP text, effectively disregarding the voices of citizens worldwide in letting themselves be heard.
We've created an online tool at OpenTheTPP.net to get your messages in front of TPP negotiators. Together, let's push open the doors of the TPP.
The pro-Internet community is being faced with restrictive bills and pieces of legislation that want to criminalize, filter and radically change our Internet as we know it. As the Trans-Pacific Partnership resumes negotiations this week, help in speaking out against these invasive implications by adding your voice to our http://StopTheTrap.net campaign and tell our government leaders that we are standing together for an open Internet.