Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Web Alert Now: Stop The Trap

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:
  1. Criminalize4 some of your everyday use of the Internet,
  2. Force service providers to collect and hand over your private datawithout privacy safeguards5, and
  3. Give media conglomerates more power to fine you for Internet use,6 remove online content—including entire websites—and eventerminate7 your access to the Internet.
  4. The TPP would 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. You could be fined for simply clicking on the wrong link. 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 each country's leaders.8 Please sign the petition.

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