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No Big Industry interests were harmed in the making of this agreement. 

Article by Jordan Pearson at Motherboard

At a luxury hotel in Maui, representatives from the 12 countries participating in the highly controversial and secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal are negotiatingbehind closed doors. Thanks to a secret letter from a 2013 meeting, released today by WikiLeaks, we now have a clearer idea of what they’re discussing.

This is why any censorship of content should at a minimum involve a transparent judicial process. This man tried to hide history for his own selfish ends...

Article by BBC News

A man involved in a £51m VAT scam has lost a legal bid to have news stories about him removed from Google under the so-called "right to be forgotten".

Malcolm Edwards originally applied for an injunction forcing five media organisations including the BBC to remove their articles about him.

The US government will have big-brother spy powers over the entire web. Our friends at Fight For The Future came up with an ingenious #faxbigbrother campaign. Check out this Time coverage and speak out at FaxBigBrother.com like in the '80s! #FaxBigBrother #StopCISA

Article by Nolan Freeney for Time Magazine

"We figured we’d use some 80s technology to try to get our point across"

The Indian government is in the middle of determining whether or not it will allow Big Telecom giants to create slow lanes for Internet users online, and has come out against Mark Zuckerberg's controversial Internet[dot]org service. You can learn more below, and speak out against Facebook's fake Internet service at NoFakeInternet.org

Article by TechDirt

India's government has finally released the country's recommendations for new net neutrality protections, and the report makes it very clear: they're not impressed with Mark Zuckerberg's vision of a Facebook-dominated, walled-garden Internet future. 

We’ve been hearing it repeated again and again over the previous weeks and months: it’s coming to a close, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is in its ‘endgame’. And as negotiators and Trade Ministers meet in Maui this week, opposition continues to grow louder.

Late last month, US Congress approved Fast Track legislation, which was vaunted as a ‘key procedural hurdle’ that had to be conquered before the 12 nations negotiating the mammoth agreement would be able to move forward with locking the specifics in place.

But heading into what the US Trade Representative wants us and its partners to believe is the final round, there is still much to be discussed.

Pakistan has banned Blackberry messaging, as it moves to ban all encryption and gain ability to intercept as much communication as possible.
Blackberry in particular is such a strong business tool, that it's really easy to see how these kinds of surveillance mechanisms put businesses and economies at risk; not just personal privacy.

Article by Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

Pakistan has banned BlackBerry’s enterprise server and its internet and messaging services “for security reasons” in a crackdown on privacy.

Check out this creative comic from New Zealand portraying the dangers around the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the huge effect on the lives of ordinary kiwis. Don't forget to tell your trade minister to say NO to this secretive, Internet-censoring deal at StoptheSecrecy.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bad news. French intelligence agencies can now spy on citizens with almost complete impunity.

Article by Nikolaj Nielsen for EU Observer

The constitutional court in France on Thursday (23 July) broadly approved a new law that gives the state wide-sweeping surveillance powers.

First proposed in March in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris, the Surveillance Act allows French intelligence agencies to spy on citizens with almost complete impunity.

Another reason to think Facebook can't protect our personal online privacy. 

Article by David Kravets for Astechnica

Facebook does not have legal standing to challenge search warrants on behalf of its users, a New York appeals court has ruled in what was the biggest batch of warrants the social-media site said it ever received at one time.

Great Australian coverage on what the TPP could mean for everyday citizens. Tell your trade minister we don't need this secretive, Internet-censoring deal at StoptheSecrecy.net

Article by Clara Tran for ABC

Consumer group Choice has warned that Australians could be worse off under the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, as trade ministers meet next week in Hawaii to try to finalise the agreement.

The controversial deal covers 40 per cent of the global economy and involves 12 countries around the Pacific rim, including Australia and the United States.

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