Meet the man who can stop the TPP’s Internet censorship plan

A huge leak just revealed that the TPP would establish a secretive, shadowy international court that could be used by Big Media giants to kick Internet users around the world offline.

To make this nightmare a reality, anti-Internet lobbyists are pushing harder than ever to “fast track” the TPP. If they succeed, the Internet you love will be policed and censored for generations.

But there’s hope. Groups fighting this plan have found the one person who can stop it. Meet U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and tell him right now: Do not Fast Track Internet censorship.

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MPs aren't going to be able to ignore this

Join the Week of Education to Stop Secret Police Bill C-51
The government is about to ram through a reckless, dangerous and ineffective "secret police" law called Bill C-51. Join the twitter Thunderclap to share our message against C-51 on April 13th - right before MPs return to Ottawa for the spring parliamentary session. Help us go viral!

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Topics: Online Spying

TechDirt: The TPP has set its sights on free speech and fair use

Fair use - the building block of remix art - is under threat. 

Article by Mike Masnick via TechDirt

We've been writing a lot about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement over the past few years. There are many, many problems with it, but the two key ones are the intellectual property chapter and the investment chapter. Unlike some who are protesting TPP, we actually think that free trade is generally a good thing and important for the economy -- but neither the intellectual property section nor the investment chapter are really about free trade. In many ways, they're about the opposite: trying to put in place protectionist/mercantilist policies that benefit the interests of a few large legacy industries over the public and actual competition and trade. We've already discussed many of the problems of the intellectual property chapter -- which is still being fought over -- including that it would block the US from reforming copyright to lower copyright term lengths (as even the head of the Copyright Office, Maria Pallante has argued for).  Read more »

AlphaBeatic: A wolf in Fido's clothing

Last week we wrote about new plans from Rogers-owned Fido to make competing apps and services more expensive (details here: Today, it looks like they are continuing on this path to violate #NetNeutrality, announcing a new deal that will make certain music streaming services more expensive on their networks. Once again, telecom giants are trying to make the Internet more like cable TV by controlling what we see and hear online. Do you think they should have this power? Or should they have to treat all services equally?

Article by Peter Nowak for AlphaBeatic

When is something that isn’t zero rated really something that is zero rated? That’s the question Rogers’ new deal with Spotify brings up.

Zero rating is an emerging issue in the fight over net neutrality. It’s where an internet provider discounts a certain use of the internet – say a specific messaging app or video streaming service – from customers’ monthly data caps. Other apps that aren’t so chosen continue to be counted against those limits.

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