It’s time to amplify our voice against the TPP’s Internet Trap

Right in this moment, lobbyists are pushing through the closure of the open Internet. As you read this, they are setting a trap of restrictions that will criminalize daily uses of the Internet. But politicians move when public pressure becomes impossible to ignore. Spread the word about the StopTheTrap.net campaign today.

Take action!

This week, secretive negotiations are springing a trap for the Internet via the TPP, a new international trade agreement. Though negotiations are happening behind closed doors, we know some of what the big telecom and media lobbyists are up to.1 Now is the time to send a message that we will not let lobbyists criminalize our day-to-day use of the Internet through expensive fines.

We need to push the StopTheTrap.net campaign forward. Here’s why:

After failing to push through national laws to crush free expression and innovation online, big telecom and media lobbyists are taking the fight global. They’re trying to trap us in the past through an anti-Internet trade agreement called the TPP, an undemocratic, extreme attempt to take decisions about the Internet out of your hands.

But the pro-Internet community is taking the fight global as well—over 80,000 people like you around the world pushed back by signing the petition at http://StopTheTrap.net—and we’re about to deliver your signatures to your leaders.

At this crucial moment, tell your elected leaders that you stand for free expression online, and you will demand that they do as well.

The pro-Internet community is already having an impact across borders. In the U.S., 130 members of Congress just signed a letter calling for secret TPP documents to be made public;2 in Canada the largest federal opposition party has come out against the TPP;3 rifts are also developing between other signatory countries.4

We’ve assembled a powerful coalition of people and organizations—including experts at Public Knowledge, Public Citizen, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation—who are currently on the ground in San Diego. They have committed to hand-deliver the StopTheTrap.net petition signatures to leaders, but we need to give them the numbers to have influence.

We know that the list of TPP lobbyists is also growing; over 600 from telecom, media and other conglomerates are privy to these secret negotiations.5 We need the entire pro-Internet community behind this push. Be part of taking this global community to a key milestone: 100,000-strong against the TPP’s Internet trap.

You have a special opportunity to be part of a foundational achievement of the global pro-Internet community: dismantling this Internet trap before it gets set.

For the open Internet,

Reilly and Steve, on behalf of your OpenMedia team

P.S. OpenMedia is a small non-profit organization working overtime to safeguard your access to the open Internet. We rely on donations from people like you to maintain our efforts. If you can, please join us by chipping in whatever you can afford today.

 

Footnotes

[1] Public interest groups have obtained the February 2011 draft of the TPP's Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. In it, we can see that the TPP would drastically increase Internet surveillance, Big Media's Internet lockdown powers, and criminalize content sharing in general, with a likelihood of harsher penalties. We know from experts that the TPP’s Internet trap provisions could be made even worse. And here’s a report back on the meetings from Infojustice.

[2] Learn more in the National Journal: Lawmakers, Groups Urge Greater Transparency in Trans-Pacific Talks

[3] Find the NDP’s press release here.

[4] See The Conversation: A dangerous investment: Australia, New Zealand and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

[5] Find the list of telecom lobbyists here.




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