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As U.S. President Barack Obama talks trade and geopolitics in Japan and East Asia, mainstream press coverage of the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) isn’t telling the full story. Articles mainly focus on domestic politics, or a “U.S. vs. Japan” boxing match narrative about tariffs on autos, beef, rice, and wheat.

While it’s nice that Obama’s trip has finally given big media outlets a reason to cover the TPP, they’re doing their readers a great disservice by calling it a “trade deal”. The TPP could better be described as a giant exercise in policy laundering, where unpopular political decisions are made by secret agreement to provide plausible deniability for those involved. So while there are certainly a number of provisions in the TPP that cover tariffs and trade, the leaked drafts we’ve seen read like an industry lobbyist wish list.

In a drastic policy reversal, the FCC is proposing to quash net neutrality rules in the U.S. This ruling could spell the beginning of the end of the open Internet in the U.S., severely limiting access to content for everyday users and stifling innovation for startups and small businesses. What do you think of these proposed rule changes? Sound off in the comments.

Article by Edward Wyatt for The New York Times

This is just the start of the Stop The Secrecy campaign’s projections in Washington D.C. They will get bigger and brighter as more people speak out!








Our message to #TPP negotiators is making huge waves in Washington. Over 2.7 million people joined our growing chorus to Stop the Secrecy around the TPP. Last night, we projected your hard-hitting message on to a prominent building in Washington, D.C. Let's keep the momentum going: LIKE, SHARE, and stay tuned for more developments









Today is the big day. Together with our partners at Daily Kos, Fight for the Future, Roots Action, and Demand Progress, OpenMedia has launched Stop The Secrecy – a huge international campaign calling for an end to the excessive secrecy around the Trans-Pacific Partnership. You can see it for yourself at https://StopTheSecrecy.net

Right now, Obama is meeting with leaders in Asia to finalize the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

reddit, Avaaz, OpenMedia and other groups join together to shine “Stop the Secrecy” spotlight on prominent buildings in Washington D.C. to protest TPP’s Internet Censorship and secrecy

April 22, 2014 – As U.S. President Obama prepares for a week of crucial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, a large, broad-based international campaign is taking its message to the heart of Washington, D.C. Starting tonight, a ‘Stop the Secrecy’ projection will be beamed on to prominent buildings urging an end to the excessive secrecy around the TPP. The projection will get bigger and more powerful as more people sign on to the campaign at StopTheSecrecy.net

An Internet censorship plan is being finalized in secret meetings right now. Obama himself is in secretive meetings with key political figures and lobbyists in Asia to lock the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Internet censorship plan into place. We know we can stop this - but we need to act right now. Please LIKE and SHARE this image, and stay tuned for more developments.










A U.S. tech firm has developed security camera software that learns what suspicious behaviour to look for all on its own. How do you think this will affect our privacy?

Article by Paul Cooper for ITProPortal

Imagine a major city completely covered by a video surveillance system designed to monitor the every move of its citizens. Now imagine that the system is run by a fast-learning machine intelligence, that's designed to spot crimes before they even happen. No, this isn't the dystopian dream of a cyber-punk science fiction author. This is Boston, on the US East Coast, and it could soon be many more cities around the world.

A small Colorado town is taking their digital future into their own hands.

Article by Jim Branscome for Save the Internet

Leaders of Montrose, Colo., a city of 19,000 on the Western Slope, think their economic future is tied to faster Internet connections.