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OpenMedia.ca: You can stop this man from criminalizing our Internet

Michael Froman has just been appointed chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership—an international agreement that could criminalize many everyday uses of the Internet.

If you haven’t already, send him a message at http://openmedia.org/froman and help spread the word by sharing this image:

Froman now has the unique ability to put an end to the TPP’s Internet criminalization plans, but he needs to hear from citizens like us before the Big Media lobbyists get under his skin.

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OpenMedia.ca: In Vancouver? Join us for a Copyright Cabaret with Kai Nagata and FreshMedia

Vancouverites have an exciting opportunity to reimagine copyright at an event taking place on Thursday, May 16. Remix This: A Copyright Cabaret has been organized by FreshMedia (a project of OpenMedia.ca), and takes place at the Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver.

Doors open from 6 PM with the event starting at 7 PM. Tickets cost just $5 and are available on the door, or in advance from http://remixthis.eventbrite.com

The event will be emceed by Kai Nagata and will feature a range of well-known artists, storytellers, copyright experts, and engaged citizens. So join us, bring your friends, (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: In Vancouver? Join us for a Copyright Cabaret with Kai Nagata and FreshMedia

Vancouverites have an exciting opportunity to reimagine copyright at an event taking place on Thursday, May 16. Remix This: A Copyright Cabaret has been organized by FreshMedia (a project of OpenMedia.ca), and takes place at the Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver.

Doors open from 6 PM with the event starting at 7 PM. Tickets cost just $5 and are available on the door, or in advance from http://remixthis.eventbrite.com

The event will be emceed by Kai Nagata and will feature a range of well-known artists, storytellers, copyright experts, and engaged citizens. So join us, bring your friends, (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Meet Michael Froman

“The Biggest Global Threat to the Internet”: That’s how legal experts describe the controversial international agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).1

The TPP agreement threatens to criminalize use of your favorite websites—including YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and your favourite blog—and even your online comments.2 But you can stop it if you act now >>>

A man named Michael Froman has just been appointed as the new TPP chief negotiator. Froman now has a unique ability either to put this secretive, global Internet criminalization plan to an end – or to cement it into place for generations.

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OpenMedia.ca: 17th round of TPP negotiations loom – and we’re ramping up our efforts

The 17th round of negotiations for the TPP, a secretive and extreme trade agreement that would criminalize your daily activities on the Internet, are fast approaching. More info: http://bit.ly/112TiNG // Our voices are stronger together. Let’s stand up and fight for our online freedoms at http://StoptheTrap.net

Article from the EFF:

The United States and ten governments from around the Pacific are meeting yet again to hash out the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) on May 15-24 in Lima, Peru. The TPP is one of the worst global threats to the Internet since ACTA. Since the negotiations have been (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Pro-privacy community rallies against CISPA & is ready for a reincarnation

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week, after a last-minute amendment that some have argued will allow for even broader application of the bill. It is now awaiting a vote in the Senate, though the Senators don’t seem to be in any hurry to get to it. In fact, the ACLU is reporting that the Senate will almost certainly kill the bill. But that doesn’t mean we can rest easy; CISPA has been resurrected in the past.

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OpenMedia.ca: What does a blind person have to say about the Internet?

We received this letter from a supporter of OpenMedia.ca:

“I am totally blind. I own a company called ebony consulting here in Toronto that specializes in teaching mostly in Ontario, but also a number of clients outside the province who are blind.

The computer is our pencil and paper. Digital cameras are our eyes. And the nerve centre that collates it all is the internet. Using the internet, a blind person can buy an ebook on the day it’s released and read it in braille at the same time as their sighted friends are reading in print.

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OpenMedia.ca: USTR takes aim at Canadians’ Internet use as it pushes the TPP forward

The U.S. Trade Representative, which has been pushing forward the contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, has just released a report that criticizes certain laws and policies of countries involved in the TPP – including Canada’s broadcast, telecom, privacy, and intellectual property (copyright) rules.

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OpenMedia.ca: The Internet is smart – The wisdom of the crowd and the threat to Internet freedom by secretive trade agreements.

We asked the Internet community via Reddit, Facebook (and anywhere else that would have us) to discuss the best ways to stop threats to Internet freedom posed by multiple international trade agreements that could significantly restrict and potentially even criminalize your everyday use of the Internet.

We at OpenMedia were joined by Consumers International, Fight For The Future, InternetNZ, Michael Masnick of Techdirt, Marvin Ammori, and Tyler Morgenstern to facilitate the discussion.

Our best ideas have always come from our community, so we asked you: What is the best way to stop

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OpenMedia.ca: Let’s come up with a plan to stop international agreements from restricting Internet freedom

Dear Internet community,   New Internet restrictions are currently being developed through multiple international "trade" agreements that could significantly restrict and potentially even criminalize your everyday use of the Internet. We know from past campaigns that we win when the Internet community reaches out and engages a critical mass of citizens in the cause.     So we want your input: What do you think is the best way to stop these threats to Internet freedom?

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OpenMedia.ca: Your digital rights on the chopping block in 16th round of TPP talks

The 16th round of secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations began this week. This extreme trade agreement could give media conglomerates more power to fine you for your Internet use and even terminate your access to the Internet. Our digital rights should not be traded in a secretive discussion that is not open to the public. Tell decision-makers to open up the TPP to public input now.

Article by Maira Sutton for Electronic Frontier Foundation:

The 16th round of negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) began in Singapore today

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OpenMedia.ca: Fighting on as TPP negotiations loom.

Negotiations for the TPP, a secretive trade agreement that would criminalize your everyday use of the Internet, are returning. As we begin to ramp up our efforts for the March negotiations in Singapore, we need your help. Over 123,000 people have already signed the petition, but we need you to help spread the word further. Share the petition at http://StoptheTrap.net/ and let’s open the TPP to public input.

Article by Emily Elias for The Straight:

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OpenMedia.ca: Report back: Inside the TPP’s Internet Trap

Thanks to support from Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), I had a chance to attend the latest round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, from December 3rd to the 12th, in Auckland, New Zealand. I agreed to attend and make a presentation to the negotiators.

It’s clear to me that the TPP is extreme, and that its problematic secrecy is due to it being driven by industry lobbyists rather than citizens. While the entire process is illegitimate by any democratic standard, I hoped that through my presentation and presence, I could demonstrate that citizens are

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OpenMedia.ca: Huffington Post: The fight for Canadians’ personal information heads to court

Independent ISP TekSavvy has been granted additional time to notify Canadians that they could soon be implicated as part of an ongoing copyright crackdown. Although TekSavvy is not a defendant in the ongoing court case, it’s re-assuring to see efforts made by a service provider to help Canadians understand and prepare for any charges filed.

Learn more about these latest developments at The Huffington Post and read about the copyright laws that are infringing upon Canadian privacy in our blog post.

Article by J. David Ellis for The Huffington Post

Heading down to court Monday morning, I was concerned I

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OpenMedia.ca: What I told those behind the biggest threat to Internet freedom: The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Thanks to all of you who have joined us at OpenMedia in our campaigns, last Friday I had the opportunity to address some of the lead bureaucrats and lobbyists behind the threat to Internet freedom that is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). My goal was to bring the voices of Internet users to their attention and to demonstrate that citizens are watching en masse.

I told these TPP decision-makers that citizens are not going to let them make our Internet more expensive, restricted, and surveilled just to protect Big Media’s outdated business model. I even went so far as to pass

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OpenMedia.ca: Michael Geist: Secrecy the standard at Trans-Pacific Partnership talks

Another round of talks has concluded on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a secretive trade agreement that could criminalize everyday Internet use, confiscate online data and give more power to corporate lobbyists. With Canada having joined the TPP as a ‘second-tier’ status member, it’s clear that our government has little to gain but Canadians have much to lose.

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OpenMedia.ca: NZ Herald: Copyright clampdown of the TPP

A secretive trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is again being negotiated this week in closed-door discussions – seeking to introduce invasive copyright legislation to everyday Internet use.

Let the lobbyists and bureaucrats behind the TPP know that citizens worldwide rightfully deserve a seat at the table. Learn more about what’s hidden within the TPP and speak out at StopTheTrap.net.

Article by Geoff Cumming for The New Zealand Herald

If you think opponents of the Trans Pacific Partnership are typically anti-free trade/anti-globalisation conspiracy theorists, consider these unlikely bedfellows: librarians, software exporters, researchers, book lovers, fans of DVDs,

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OpenMedia.ca: Growing the Movement | Weekly News Update from OpenMedia.ca

Hello!

Here’s Lindsey with your update:

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OpenMedia.ca: Huffington Post: Canada creating secret ‘insider group’ of lobbyists through TPP

The government has mistakenly sent us at OpenMedia a non-disclosure agreement intended for lobbyists involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This is confirmation that this secretive and extre… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Huffington Post: Canada creating secret ‘insider group’ of lobbyists through TPP

OpenMedia.ca: Your Voice at the TPP Negotiations

The secretive and restrictive Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is nearing its 15th round of negotiations, which will be held from December 3-12 in Auckland, New Zealand. This will be the first ro… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Your Voice at the TPP Negotiations

OpenMedia.ca: The December Talks | Weekly News Update from OpenMedia.ca

Hello,  Here’s Lindsey with your update: read more . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: The December Talks | Weekly News Update from OpenMedia.ca

OpenMedia.ca: EFF.org: Trans-Pacific Partnership is trading away our digital rights

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement is about to get a bit more crowded, with Canada formally joining as ‘second-tier’ negotiators at next month’s talks. These closed-door meetings will… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: EFF.org: Trans-Pacific Partnership is trading away our digital rights

OpenMedia.ca: Thanks for asking us anything!

What do you get when you round up an enthusiastic group of digital rights experts, online innovators and advocates of Net Freedom – all with the purpose of taking any and all questions from members of the Internet community?

If yesterday’s Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit is to be any indication, this arrangement of opinions creates an engaging, provoking and open-ended conversation. It was a discussion that worked to unite the Internet Freedom movement and invoke action to be taken against the counter-intuitive Internet restrictions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

Along with OpenMedia.ca’s Steve Anderson and Reilly

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OpenMedia.ca: Michael Geist: TPP copyright laws could dismantle Canadian content

While Canada has been formally included as a negotiating party in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, more information from secretive texts and clauses is beginning to surface.

We’ve talked about how the TPP will restrict Internet access, criminalize and fine your actions online and collect your private data – but now it’s been suggested that Canadian content rules could become overwritten to serve the corporate interests of Hollywood lobbyists.

Professor Michael Geist will be joining our ongoing Reddit discussion surrounding the TPP this afternoon until 7PM EST – we invite you to stop by and share your ideas with how

OpenMedia.ca: We’re hosting a Reddit AMA – join us!

We’re on Reddit today from 9AM – 7PM EST talking about Internet freedom, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and what comes next for our StopTheTrap.net campaign.

Throughout the day, we’ll be joined by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Professor Michael Geist and various digital rights experts from Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, InternetNZ, Electronic Frontiers Australia, Public Citizen and more. See here for a full list of participants and a session schedule.

Join in the conversation and share your ideas on how we can reach more people with the crucial StopTheTrap.net campaign.

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