15 November 2013

Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Secret No More

In the words of WikiLeaks’ Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange, “If instituted, the TPP’s IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons. If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you’re ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs.” (source infra)

Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP): "Today, 13 November 2013, WikiLeaks released the secret negotiated draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP is the largest-ever economic treaty, encompassing nations representing more than 40 per cent of the world’s GDP. The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive TPP Chief Negotiators summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013. . . ." (read more at the link above)

WikiLeaks publishes secret draft chapter of Trans-Pacific Partnership | Media | theguardian.com: "Treaty negotiated in secret between 12 nations 'would trample over individual rights and free expression', says Julian Assange"

Google: NSA tactics bad for all American companies — RT USA: "“The current lack of transparency about the nature of government surveillance in democratic countries undermines the freedom and the trust in most citizens cherish, it also has a negative impact on our economic growth and security and on the promise of an internet as a platform for openness and free expression,” said Google’s law enforcement and information security director, Richard Salgado, as quoted by Reuters."

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