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Join us to Protect Internet Freedom

Sun, 11/25/2012 - 00:00 -- OpenMedia

Internet freedom advocates backed by citizens and organizations from all over the world have been demanding openness that is so desperately needed in talks that could change the way the Internet works.

This past week, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) decided to make all the proposals for its December negotiations public – stating that this transparency “is important when there is such a significant global discussion happening for all the facts to be on the table”. We've made progress, now it's time we keep up the pressure.

Help ensure that citizens have a say at the negotiating table when decisions are made – join us in speaking out to Read more on the ITU's shift towards transparency here.


Citizens becoming empowered in fight for Internet freedom

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:00 -- OpenMedia

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.

CNET: Russia demands Internet inspection through ITU

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 00:00 -- OpenMedia

At closed-door discussions to be held next month, an Internet treaty will be discussed that could grant repressive regimes with dominant control over the Internet. This would 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.

Join us alongside a coalition of global organizations in speaking out against these restrictive measures at

Building a global coalition to Protect Internet Freedom

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 14:46 -- Stephen Ludlow

In just under a month, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) – an agency of the United Nations – will gather government representatives from around the world to discuss proposed Internet governance rules. These closed-door talks surrounding how everyday citizens use and access the Internet are reminiscent of prior and ongoing trade agreements; decisions about how we use the Internet should be made in an open and participatory way.

Bloomberg News: Thailand announces plans to join TPP trade talks

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:51 -- OpenMedia

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement is about to get a bit more crowded, as now Thailand has announced plans to join the ongoing trade talks. The closed-door meetings will include discussions that could radically change your everyday Internet use. 

Let TPP negotiators know that citizens worldwide rightfully deserve a seat at the table. Send your message to trade representatives through

Article by Daniel Ten Kate and Suttinee Yuvejwattana for Bloomberg News: 

EFF: Will Japan be next to join the TPP?

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 17:49 -- OpenMedia

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. Now, as both Canada and Mexico have been formally admitted into TPP trade talks (albeit at lower-tiered statuses), the spotlight is on Japan in possibly joining next.