Get ready to raise some ruckus: the next round of TPP negotiations is only a week away. From Thursday, September 6th to Saturday the 15th, in Leesburg, Virginia, U.S.A, negotiators will reconvene behind closed doors and make decisions about the future of Internet freedom worldwide.
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The next round of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations will be taking place in just a week's time, running from September 6-15 in Leesburg, Virginia. As part of this round of negotiations, there has been an allocated time for "Stakeholder Presentations". These presentations are far from what's needed to allow citizen voices to be heard, and now it looks like we're going to be restricted even further.
Stay tuned as we continue working on a way to get all 100,000+ signees of the StopTheTrap.net petition heard.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is being lobbied to stakeholders as a 'free trade agreement'. For the citizens of the negotiating countries, the costs associated with stricter Internet copyright laws, lost access to websites and compromised personal data are too high to ignore.
Japan has yet to formally join the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, but that isn't stopping its citizens from speaking out against restrictive copyright measures found within the TPP text. There are weekly anti-TPP rallies in front of government buildings and a large public gathering is being organized for early next month.
The TPP's Internet trap is expansive with its ability to control, criminalize and fine your everyday Internet use. Lori Wallach of Public Citizen helps to break down the multiple layers of Internet stipulations that are being included in TPP negotiations. There is one thing that isn't being included in TPP negotiations: your opinion. Make it be known—stand up for your Internet rights by joining our campaign at http://StopTheTrap.net/.
Why does the TPP pose such a threat? Watch and share this video from Public Knowledge to help shed some light on the shady secrecy that surrounds the TPP.
Pro-Internet Australians are expressing some heavy concerns about the TPP. Writer and comedian Dan Ilic went on Ten News to talk about the dangers of this secretive international trade agreement, and how it truly is an Internet trap. Check it out and share it around to spread the word about the issue and the petition at http://StopTheTrap.net/
In this interview, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Maira Sutton breaks down the secrecy that surrounds the TPP's Internet trap, and the huge implications the TPP will have for our digital future. Check it out for a thorough rundown of this obscene agreement, then sign the petition at http://StopTheTrap.net/.