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From Steve Anderson, OpenMedia.ca
The OpenMedia team has just confirmed the location of a new ultra-secretive meeting to finalize the Trans Pacific Partnership’s (TPP) Internet censorship plan. It’s taking place in just a few days right here in Ottawa, Canada.
We’ve seen industry lobbyists and bureaucrats go to extreme lengths to keep their plans secret before.(1) But this time really takes the cake. Last week, negotiators quietly changed the location of the Canadian round without telling anybody. Unfortunately though, they didn’t just change the venue, they changed the city too. That’s right: they moved their negotiations from Vancouver to Ottawa with only a week to go before the talks start. But we’re ready for them, despite the short notice.
We need to show Canadian decision-makers that they can’t hide the TPP from us any longer. Canadians know the agreement would force ISPs to censor the Internet – removing content, and even blocking websites outright.(2) The expense will be passed on to you.
And what better way to make elected officials notice than by putting your voice straight into the negotiation? Under pressure from over 3.1 million people around the world,(3) key negotiators have agreed to meet with us.
What concern would you raise with a TPP decision-maker if they were standing in front of you? Internet censorship? Privacy? New Internet costs? Lack of democracy?
This could be the last time they bring a proper negotiating round to Canada, so we have to make it count. We can’t let them attack the open Internet in our own backyard. We need your voices to go Face-to-Face with Internet Censorship - speak out today » » »
Powerful interests are going to great lengths to keep secrets from you, so they can sign an agreement that gives outdated media conglomerates the power to control how you share, collaborate, and express yourself online.
They hope to finalize an agreement that will globalize Internet censorship in the coming days -- This could be our last chance to reach them face-to-face. We hope you’ll take this opportunity.
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tools and strategies are effective because of you.
Josh, Meghan, and Steve, on behalf of the OpenMedia.ca team.
P.S., We’re a small and nimble team, but we’re going up against some big players. Donations from our supporters fuel our work and make a huge impact on our ability to win. Please, consider chipping in today.
 If the TPP is so wonderful, why keep it secret?. Source: iPolitics.
 Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). Source: WikiLeaks.
 Huge international campaign beams 3.1 million signature petition count on prominent buildings in Washington, D.C. Source: OpenMedia.org.
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