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NZ Herald: Copyright clampdown of the TPP

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 10:00 -- OpenMedia

A secretive trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is again being negotiated this week in closed-door discussions – seeking to introduce invasive copyright legislation to everyday Internet use.

Let the lobbyists and bureaucrats behind the TPP know that citizens worldwide rightfully deserve a seat at the table. Learn more about what's hidden within the TPP and speak out at StopTheTrap.net.

Article by Geoff Cumming for The New Zealand Herald

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.

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

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 OpenTheTPP.net.

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

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