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Huffington Post: Canada creating a secret group of lobbyists at TPP negotiations

Wed, 12/05/2012 - 17:00 -- OpenMedia

The Canadian government has mistakenly sent us at OpenMedia a non-disclosure agreement intended for lobbyists involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This is confirmation that this secretive and extreme agreement is being put in place on behalf of bureaucrats, not citizens.

We're on the ground at the ongoing TPP negotiations, set to read out your comments to officials tomorrow. Send in your messages at OpenTheTPP.net and help us speak out against the TPP's Internet trap.

Video: How the ITU is threatening Internet freedom and access

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 14:00 -- OpenMedia

After a sudden shutdown of Syria's Internet access late last week, a keen focus is being given to the ongoing discussions of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

These discussions could lead to greater surveillance over everyday online activity, more expensive access costs, and strict censorship that would have governments deciding what citizens can or cannot see.

Financial Post: UN Web conference begins amid criticism from open Internet advocates

Mon, 12/03/2012 - 00:00 -- OpenMedia

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) discussions are underway – leaving citizens worldwide to question the motivations of some of the countries involved.

These discussions could lead to strict Internet governance, increased access costs and an erosion of human rights online. Send a message directly to your ITU delegates at www.ProtectInternetFreedom.net/Stand.

Article by Christine Dobby for Financial Post

Wired: The UN shouldn't make decisions behind closed doors

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 00:00 -- OpenMedia

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.

Your Voice at the TPP Negotiations

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 00:00 -- Catherine Hart

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.

The December Talks

Thu, 11/29/2012 - 12:25 -- OpenMedia

Hello, 

Here's Lindsey with an update on next week's ITU and TPP discussions.

Starting Monday, delegates in two sets of negotiations, taking place on the other side of the world, are poised to determine the future of Internet freedom.

Wall Street Journal: The U.N.'s Internet Sneak Attack Through ITU

Wed, 11/28/2012 - 00:00 -- OpenMedia

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

New York Times: Dark Warnings About Future of Internet Access

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 00:00 -- OpenMedia

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

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