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OpenMedia launches new tool to enable Canadians to go face to face with those behind international Internet Censorship talks set to kick off in Ottawa

The secretive meetings concern a wide-ranging 12-country international agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Leaked documents suggest Canada’s Internet could become far more expensive, censored, and policed.

“This could be the first and last time they bring a proper negotiating round to Canada, so we have to make it count,” said OpenMedia.ca Executive Director Steve Anderson. “We’re determined to lift the lid on this secretive process and make sure online innovators and citizens overall are heard. Millions of people around the world are speaking out about the TPP’s potential impact on our everyday lives - nobody wants to end up with a criminal record for something as innocent as uploading a holiday video with a copyrighted song in the background.”

Anderson continued: “The TPP would never pass with the world watching - that’s why they’re trying to ram through this reckless Internet censorship scheme behind closed doors. I’m glad we’ll have an opportunity to meet face to face with the key negotiators behind the TPP. We’ll be taking the concerns of citizens and Internet users directly to negotiators, and making it clear that unpopular Internet censorship plans have no place in the 21st century.”

Extreme copyright provisions pushed for in secret by large media conglomerates would kick entire families off the Internet, merely for unproven accusations of copyright infringement. Experts say that the TPP’s Internet censorship proposals would invade people’s privacy while criminalizing everyday sharing and free expression online.

To date, talks on the highly controversial deal have taken place behind closed doors in near-total secrecy. However, under pressure from millions of pro-Internet citizens, negotiators have agreed to meet with OpenMedia and leading Canadian digital policy experts to discuss how the TPP could censor free expression online and damage our digital economy.

3.2 million people have spoken out against the secrecy surrounding the TPP at StopTheSecrecy.net, a campaign hosted by OpenMedia in partnership with other community-based groups.

OpenMedia.ca’s new Internet Voice tool can be found at: https://OpenMedia.org/FaceToFace

About OpenMedia

OpenMedia is an award-winning community-based organization that safeguards the possibilities of the open Internet. We work toward informed and participatory digital policy by engaging hundreds of thousands of people in protecting our online rights.

Through campaigns such as StopTheMeter.ca and StopSpying.ca, OpenMedia has engaged over half-a-million citizens, and has influenced public policy and federal law.

About the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement:

The TPP is one of the most far-reaching international free trade agreements in history. We know from leaked TPP draft texts that participating nations would be bound to much stricter and more extreme copyright laws than now exist under current national laws. These new rules would criminalize much online activity, invade citizens’ privacy, and significantly impact our ability to share and collaborate online.

Negotiators from 12 of the TPP negotiating nations—Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Peru, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States— are meeting in Asia this week to discuss these changes without input from the public, creators, or most businesses. The negotiating documents are classified—unless you are one of just 600 industry lobbyists permitted to participate.

U.S. negotiators are pushing hard to force smaller nations into accepting a censored Internet. However, reports have indicated that the intellectual property provisions have been quite a “challenging” issue for those behind the agreement.

Over 139,000 people have now signed a petition at https://OpenMedia.org/censorship, which demands that negotiators reject copyright proposals that would restrict the open Internet, access to knowledge, economic opportunity and our fundamental rights.



David Christopher
Communications Manager, OpenMedia
[email protected]

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