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Forum Post: Action Alert - Trans Pacific Partnership - Save the Internet

Posted 1 year ago on Sept. 11, 2012, 5:28 p.m. EST by ZenDog (20547) from South Burlington, VT
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Action Alert: stop the Trans Pacific Partnership http://stopthetrap.net

Right now, industry lobbyists and bureaucrats are putting the final touches on an international trade agreement that could strip away many of our Internet freedoms and cast ordinary Internet users as criminals.

The deal is being pushed forward in a series of closed-door meetings away from the scrutiny of digital rights advocates and Internet users. We’ve stopped bad Internet policies like this before. Now it’s time to stop the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Don’t Let the TPP Trap You. Stop This Deal Today.

Free Press is partnering with our friends at OpenMedia.ca to alert users about this bad deal. If approved the TPP would:

  • Criminalize some everyday Internet use.

  • Force service providers to collect and hand over your private data without user protections.

  • Give media conglomerates the power to fine you for Internet use, remove online content — including entire websites — and even terminate your Internet access!

To learn more about the TPP, visit stopthetrap.net.

OpenMedia.ca rightly calls the TPP an "Internet trap."1 If it passes, TPP could criminalize ordinary Internet actions — like linking to certain content or sites.

This is ridiculous. Governments around the world need to hear from Internet users like you before the TPP becomes the law of the Web:

Don’t let the TPP trap you.

Thank you,

Josh, Tim and the rest of the Free Press Action Fund team

  1. "TPP: The Secretive Agreement That Could Criminalize Your Internet Use," Openmedia.ca, May 14, 2012: http://act.freepress.net/go/11910?t=6&akid=3829.10012074.9gAVli

The Free Press Action Fund is a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media. The Free Press Action Fund does not support or oppose any candidate for public office. Learn more at www.freepress.net.

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stop the Trans Pacific Partnership <http://stopthetrap.net>

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Imagine a world where you could be dragged to court and receive a large fine just for clicking on a link, where service providers would hand over information about your online activities without privacy safeguards, and where online content could be removed by big media conglomerates at will.

This scenario could become a reality before we know it. In just a few days, a group of 600 lobbyist “advisors” and un-elected trade representatives are scheming behind closed doors to decide how the Internet will be governed, including whether you could get fined for your Internet use. Instead of debating this openly, they’re meeting secretly to craft an Internet trap through an international agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

In short, it appears that it will be big-media lobbyists—not citizens—who get to decide whether citizens will be fined as suspected copyright criminals. Please help us raise a loud call before it’s too late. Visit: http://stopthetrap.net

We know from leaked documents that industry lobbyists intend to blanket these new restrictions and laws around the world, without us having any say in the matter. How can they do this? Instead of an open, public process, they’ll use international tribunals to go around domestic judicial systems. And once the trap is set, there’s no going back.

Here are the details—the TPP’s Internet trap would:

  1. Criminalize your everyday use of the Internet,

  2. Force service providers to collect and hand over your private data without privacy safeguards, and

  3. Give media conglomerates more power to fine you for Internet use, remove online content—including entire websites—and even terminate your access to the Internet.

The TPP is secretive, it’s extreme, and it will criminalize your daily use of the Internet. Don’t let Big Media lobbyists lure you into this Internet trap. Speak out now.

We deserve to know what will be blocked, and what we and our families will be fined for. If enough of us speak out now, we can prevent governments from slow-walking us into an Internet trap. Make your voice heard today: http://stopthetrap.net

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[-] 3 points by Nevada1 (4024) 1 year ago

Thank you Zen for post. Everyone needs to see this.

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (20499) 1 year ago

This is very important. Thanks.

[-] 2 points by lkindr (58) 1 year ago
[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20547) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

thanks man

[-] 1 points by shooz (26756) 1 year ago

If only it were just that. if only it was just them.

There's a "quadropoly" after us all, and much of it is already under way.

Little by little, step by step.

http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/privacy-dead-4-government-and-private-entities-conspiring-track-everything-you-do

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20547) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

This has to be the most disturbing thing I have found so far:

From page 2 of the article:

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In June 2011, the DoD originally launched a pilot program, the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Cyber Pilot, with 20 private companies. It would allow intelligence agencies to share threat information with private military contractors. Among the companies who participated were Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon as well as telcos AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink. The telcos filter incoming email for malicious software. In May 2012, DoD and DHS announced plans to expand the program to 200 participants and the DoD estimates that approximately 8,000 firms could potentially participate.

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Private contractors - providing deniability to the Pentagon should action be deemed necessary which is extra-judicial - and these private contractors will no doubt enlist the assistance of sub-contractors when extra-judicial action takes place.

this can include anything from bumping to delay or defer some thing from taking place, intimidation, accidental engineering, or even just plain ol' fashioned murder when deemed appropriate and useful . . .

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20547) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I've been saying this for 15 years:

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The same technologies being employed to fight the war on terror internationally are being imposed on Americans in their most private, personal lives.

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Today, nearly all the personal data gathering that takes place does so under one of two conditions. First, it is done by a consumer under the “terms of use” required by a take-it-or-leave-it offer for whatever service is offered (e.g., making a call, use of an iPhone, doing a Google search, ordering a book through Amazon). Second, it is ostensibly done “legally” by a law enforcement agency with a court order (or without such legal niceties).

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[-] 0 points by shooz (26756) 1 year ago

Welcome to the Plutocratic States of the Military Industrial Complex.

You will be assimilated...................................:)

I haven't used that line in months. But there it is.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20547) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

They've been after that for quite a while. From time to time the . . . social pressure . . . to assimilate, has been . . . extraordinary to say the least.

I can actually describe several different ways to engage in accidental engineering - all on the basis of the shit I've seen . . .

I'm not dead yet

did someone laugh? Who was that? Which one of you fuckers laughed . . .

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bWA hahaha

hahaHAAA hahaha

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me, you fuckers

[-] 1 points by shooz (26756) 1 year ago

That's why they love smart phones......So much easier to track and collate.

Everything ruins through a handful of satellites, built with technology licensed from the military.

I touched a nerve on the stinkle stakeout............:)

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20547) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

some of the advertisements for cell phones celebrate the sharing of everything

People have no idea what they are up to.

I accept that most of it is benign - but the fact is people have no idea of the possibilities that have existed for decades and are now enhanced exponentially.

There is a reason why the repelicans embrace madness - they love the technology.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26756) 1 year ago

My daughter had to twist my arm for me to get a text phone, but I won't deal with the internet on it and it's a lousy phone.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20547) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

they fuck ya with the cell phones!

It is a bit insane that they charge more for text services, when in reality it costs less - less bandwidth - often in a disaster it's the only way you can get through.

It's crazy - but it seems to me that in a lot of ways we are footing the bill for all of this surveillance.

that's fucked.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26756) 1 year ago

.Look what you pay for broadband. It's mostly so they can send you colorful, targeted ads.

All that crap must be a bitch for you on 56K.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20547) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I was on dial-up for a long time. It made me very selective in terms of the sites I visited.

[-] 0 points by shooz (26756) 1 year ago

I signed it.

What kind of crap will they think of next?