Saturday, 07 July 2012 19:09
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a major Internet treaty being negotiated behind closed doors. That's wrong, so I joined nearly 100,000 others in signing a petition against it at http://stopthetrap.net/ . I don't agree with all the contentions but until that bring discussions into the open I don't have all the facts. Thanks Gigi Sohn for pointing me to it.
Stop the Trap
You could have to pay a big fine for simply clicking on the wrong link.
Right now, a group of 600 industry lobbyist "advisors" and un-elected government trade representatives are scheming behind closed doors1,2 to craft an international agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Why the secrecy? We know from leaked documents3 that the TPP includes what amounts to an Internet trap that would:
- Criminalize4 some of your everyday use of the Internet,
- Force service providers to collect and hand over your private datawithout privacy safeguards5, and
- Give media conglomerates more power to fine you for Internet use,6remove online content—including entire websites—and eventerminate7 your access to the Internet.
- Create a parallel legal system of international tribunals that will undermine national sovereignty and allow conglomerates to sue countries for laws that infringe on their profits.
The TPP's Internet trap is secretive, extreme, and it could criminalize your daily use of the Internet. We deserve to know what will be blocked, what we and our families will be fined for.
If enough of us speak out now, we can force participating governments to come clean. Your signature will send a message to leaders of participating countries. 8 Please sign the petition and share it with everyone you know >>>