OpenMedia has joined with tens of thousands of people and organizations around the world to sign on to the Internet Freedom Declaration. If we hope to safeguard the possibilities of the open Internet, it's crucial that we develop a positive vision for a connected future. We've been working with all of you in the pro-internet community to develop such a vision and this declaration seems like a great next step to take together. Let's push back when lobbyists try to restrict Internet freedom, and let's chart our own citizen-centered path forward.

Momentum is building for the campaign, as new initiatives are being launched to oppose the criminalizing and invasive provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. One of our international coalition partners, InternetNZ, launched a campaign this week called Fair Deal, which draws attention to potential changes to New Zealand copyright law that would be forced by the TPP.

The idea behind copyright is to allow creators to profit from their works, providing incentive to continue creating and innovating. But overly-strict copyright law is often used to ensure that Big Media conglomerates can profit from existing works, and this can end up limiting innovation. For copyright to be fair, a balance has to be struck between creators’ rights, and users’ access to information and freedom of expression.

Don Christie is a technological innovator who recently spoke of dangers that the TPP poses to the interests of both consumers and businesses alike. In an interview with The New Zealand Herald, Christie speaks of more costs to innovation in the tech industry and the ongoing TPP negotiation process that may see additional confining stipulations to everyday users.

Broad coalition confronts TPP negotiations armed with over 90,000-strong petition

July 7, 2012 – Organizations and people belonging to the Coalition delivered 90,000+ signatures from around the world to Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations Friday, arguing that the trade agreement’s Internet restriction provisions would create an “Internet trap”. The Coalition represents a diverse range of organizations and people committed to standing against the TPP's extreme intellectual property restrictions.

Shortly after 12:00 PM PT Friday over one-thousand pages of petition signatures were delivered at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, where TPP negotiations have been taking place since Monday. The handoff was backed by Coalition members—including legal and policy experts and supporters from Public Knowledge, Public Citizen, SumOfUs, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Groups from the coalition are on the ground in San Diego as trade reps discuss the restrictive intellectual property aspects of the TPP—the Internet trap. But TPP negotiators aren't making it easy for us to bring your voices to the table. This is unacceptable. Decisions about whether you could be fined for your Internet use should not be made in ways that are secretive, extreme, and anti-democratic.

Great news! The European Parliament has voted down ACTA. That's one secretive international treaty down...

This is a big victory in the international pro-Internet community, and it really shows that citizens like us do have the power to fight secretive trade agreements that threaten the open Interntet. We still have lots of work to do— starting with stopping the TPP's Internet trap — but let's take a moment to draw some inspiration from what has just happened with ACTA and use it when explaining the battles ahead (and our potential for huge success) to our friends, family, coworkers, and community.

This week, negotiations are taking place behind closed doors to create the TPP’s Internet trap criminalizing our day-to-day use of the Internet through expensive fines.1

You and over 80,000 others around the world pushed back by signing the petition. Yet the list of TPP lobbyists is also growing; over 600 from telecom, media, and other conglomerates are privy to these secret negotiations.2 We need the entire pro-Internet community to push back against the TPP’s Internet trap.

In this interview, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Maira Sutton breaks down the secrecy that surrounds the TPP's Internet trap, and the huge implications the TPP will have for our digital future. Check it out for a thorough rundown of this obscene agreement, then sign the petition at

The pro-Internet community has come together to launch a huge new campaign at Together, we're pushing back against the TPP: an agreement that is secretive, extreme, and could criminalize your daily use of the Internet. Take action now.