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This won't last

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 05:20 -- Steve Anderson

You won’t believe this. We just found out that anti-Internet lobbyists are hosting happy hour parties in Washington to increase their influence over key TPP decision makers.1 They’re sipping cocktails and literally making their careers out of criminalizing our day-to-day Internet use.

But we have a unique opportunity to push back if we act fast...

CARETAS: Chile's former chief TPP negotiator talks about the secretive negotiations and the need for greater public vigilance

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 09:14 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Rodrigo Contreras, formerly Chile's chief negotiator for the TPP Agreement, is calling for greater vigilance around current proposals that could limit access to information available on the Internet

Daily Dot: Three battles we face in 2013

Mon, 12/31/1973 - 16:48 -- Joel Milne

Article by Kevin Collier for the Daily Dot:

The battle over Internet rights has only just begun.

For all intents and purposes, the movement was created in January 2012, when millions of ordinary citizens saw, talked about, and complained to their representatives in Congress that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) could end the Web as they knew it. The newfound Internet rights campaign success was a "victory for democracy" in the U.S., and five months later, Europe experienced its own version.

Governments Boycott the New Internet Rules of the ITU

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 10:00 -- Catherine Hart

It’s been a whirlwind week at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) negotiations as member states scrambled to reach some kind of consensus on the updates to the ITU’s rules by the deadline. As we’ve noted before, some states are intent on using the negotiations to expand the powers of the ITU and legitimize undemocratic practices like Internet surveillance and censorship. Internet content regulation isn’t within the current scope of the ITU’s powers, and some nations like the U.S.

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

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.