Trade agreements like TPP need radical transparency and meaningful public participation

Timothy Vollmer, Creative Commons Blog, Feb 23, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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This article discusses the Brussels Declaration on Trade and the Internet by Creative Commons and a coalition of organizations. It follows the recent signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which will have an impact on content sharing in general and educ ation in particular. "The TPP is an example of a trade agreement that has been negotiated in secret with input only from government and corporate interests," writes the author. "There has been no meaningful participation from civil society organizations and public interest advocates who work to protect consumer and digital rights." According to the Declaration, "The procedural deficits that define modern trade agreement negotiations have resulted in instrumentsthat are unduly deferential to the interests of a narrow class of established industry stakeholders, and fail to address the needs of broader affected communities. This stands in stark contrast to the more open Internet governance process norms."

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