Senators are now working around the clock to re-introduce a bill that would put trade agreements on the fast track to passage in the US after those deals are finalized. Deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have been negotiated in almost complete secrecy, except for private industry advocates serving on trade advisory committees who can read and comment on these texts. That has enabled these agreements to include extreme copyright and other digital policy provisions that would bind all signatory nations to draconian rules that would hinder free speech, privacy, and access to knowledge. Under fast track, also referred to as Trade Promotion Authority, lawmakers would only have a small window of time to conduct hearings over binding trade provisions and give an up-or-down vote on ratification of the agreement without any ability to amend it before they bind the United States to its terms.
The third issue of Digital Watch is summarising developments in digital politics over the summer months of July and August, with a special focus on Geneva.
In this issue you can find an analysis of WSIS+10 non-paper submissions. More than 80 submissions for non-papers were made to the WSIS+10 process prior to the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly in December. The documents were analysed in order to provide an overview of the main themes addressed, their relevance by stakeholder group, and the most frequently used words.
At the same time you can find what went up and what went down in our Internet governance barometer as well as information on the recent decisions by courts and regulators continue to confirm that operating across the ubiquitous Internet can expose Internet corporations to the jurisdictions of countries other than the country in which they are headquartered.
You can read or download the Geneva Digital Watch here: Issue 3, September 2015.
EFF lists the communities who were excluded from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deliberation process - such as security researchers, artists, libraries, and user rights groups -, and describes the main ways that the TPP's copyright and digital policy provisions will negatively impact them.