ISOC: Call for Open and International Dialogue for TPPA

Press Release – Internet Society The Internet Society welcomes the European Parliament’s rejection of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) as a strong message in favour of open and transparent processes in negotiations dealing with policy issues pertaining to the Internet. The vote followed … Subject: [ISOC] ANNOUNCEMENT: Calling for an Open and International Dialogue for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Negotiations Calling for an Open and International Dialogue for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Negotiations The Internet Society welcomes the European Parliament’s rejection of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) as a strong message in favour of open and transparent processes in negotiations dealing with policy issues pertaining to the Internet. The vote followed widespread protests throughout Europe, with Internet campaigners claiming that it posed threats to online freedoms. ACTA was originally meant to address, among other things, the issue of online piracy and the sale or promotion of counterfeit goods via the Internet. At the same time, the Internet Society expresses its concern over the negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), which aim to further liberalize the economies of the Asia-Pacific region. The thirteenth (13th) round of negotiations is taking place in San Diego, California, between July 2 -10, 2012. As no documents have been officially made public, the Internet Society cannot express, at this point, an opinion on the Agreement’s substantive provisions. However, since preliminary reports indicate that the...

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