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In just under a month, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) – an agency of the United Nations – will gather government representatives from around the world to discuss proposed Internet governance rules. These closed-door talks surrounding how everyday citizens use and access the Internet are reminiscent of prior and ongoing trade agreements; decisions about how we use the Internet should be made in an open and participatory way.

As many of you know, two weeks ago Canada and Mexico formally joined the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations as ‘second tier’ negotiators, requiring their governments to accept the unknown provisions that have already been negotiated. The negotiations are storming ahead, keeping up an absurd level of secrecy around decisions that will limit what we can do online, and how we can innovate.

Wow. Telecom giants and repressive regimes are teaming up to use a little-known UN agency to make the Internet more expensive,1 surveilled,2 and censored.3

We need you to take a stand as part of a global community right now.

You are part of what looks like the largest movement in history. And the stakes couldn't be higher.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement is about to get a bit more crowded, as now Thailand has announced plans to join the ongoing trade talks. The closed-door meetings will include discussions that could radically change your everyday Internet use. 

Let TPP negotiators know that citizens worldwide rightfully deserve a seat at the table. Send your message to trade representatives through OpenTheTPP.net.

Article by Daniel Ten Kate and Suttinee Yuvejwattana for Bloomberg News: 

A closed-door meeting to be held next month will determine if your Internet use will become governed by a UN agency – the ITU – in imposing greater controls and limiting personal expression.

We're assembling a multi-national coalition of organizations and citizens to express their rights to Internet freedom. Learn more about who's involved with this global movement at ProtectInternetFreedom.net.

Article by Paola Totaro and Claire Connelly for News Limited Network

Imagine a world where your wireless network is open and available to all, and where such openness is seen as basic politeness – the equivalent of providing a guest with a hot cup of tea.

Today's American election won't only set the course for who will lead as President of the United States, but it will determine which path will be taken with regards to Internet Freedom. Learn more about where the presidential candidates stand on issues pertaining to Net Neutrality in a comprehensive article at The Verge.

As the world's governments plan to meet next month at a conference for the ITU – an agency of the United Nations – certain rules are being proposed that could threaten Internet openness and innovation, increase access costs and erode human rights online.

We're calling for more transparency in these secretive talks that would have ramifications for Internet users and citizens worldwide. Join us in making your voice heard at ProtectInternetFreedom.net.

We've talked before about the ITU proposals that would stifle Internet freedom and personal expression online – but are you aware of lesser-known threats to your Internet use?

Share what restrictive measures to Internet use most concern you and stand up for Internet freedom at openmedia.org/Declaration.

Article by Sam duPont and Courtney C. Radsch for Freedom House

A Russian Internet censorship act has come into effect today that will monitor citizens' actions online, censor opponents of the ruling government from speaking out and ban access to certain websites entirely.

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