Right now, a group of 600 industry lobbyist “advisors” and un-elected government trade representatives are scheming behind closed doors to craft an international agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Here’s what the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has to say about the TPP.   Public Citizen tells a different story about the same TPP.

Why should you care?


“A Corporate Trojan Horse”: Obama Pushes Secretive TPP Trade Pact, Would Rewrite Swath of U.S. Laws


You’re reading this post via the internet. Thanks to Wiki Leaks we know that the TPP would:

  1. Criminalize4 some of your everyday use of the Internet,
  2. Force service providers to collect and hand over your private data without privacy safeguards5, and
  3. Give media conglomerates more power to fine you for Internet use,6 remove online content—including entire websites—and even terminate7 your access to the Internet.
  4. Create a parallel legal system of international tribunals that will undermine national sovereignty and allow conglomerates to sue countries for laws that infringe on their profits.

If You Like To Eat

The TPP is the Monsanto Protection Act on steroids. Not only would you not have a way to know what’ s in your food, corporations could sue a country, county or a city for lost profits because of national or local laws requiring food transparency for the ingredients in our food. It’s no wonder they’re discussing this in secret. Trade representatives are negotiating away our elected Congress’ constitutional mandate.

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Open Media International

Food Democracy Now

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Footnotes and Resources

[1] Find OpenMedia’s backgrounder on the TPP here, and OpenMedia’s press release about Ottawa’s irresponsible participation here.

[2] The TPP suffers from a lack of transparency, public participation, and democratic accountability. In this letter, a number of U.S. civil society organizations detail and decry the opacity of the process.

[3] Public interest groups have obtained the February 2011 draft of the TPP’s Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. In it, we can see that the TPP would drastically increase Internet surveillance, increase Big Media’s Internet lockdown powers, and criminalize content sharing in general, with a likelihood of harsher penalties.

[4] See the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s analysis to learn more about the ways the TPP increases the threat of litigation from Big Media. Under the TPP, Big Media could come after you in court even “without the need for a formal complaint by a private party or right holder”.

[5] See infojustics.org’s list of the TPP’s effects on the intellectual property law in Canada and Mexico for more information on privacy implications

[6] See infojustics.org’s list of the TPP’s effects on the intellectual property law in Canada and Mexico for more information on penalties.Also see Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch talk about content fines here

[7] Source: Public Knowledge: What’s actually in the TPP?

[8] Your signature will send a message to leaders and trade representatives from the following countries: Australia, Chile, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, Vietnam, Canada