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Hundreds of Tech Companies to Congress: TPP and Fast Track Harms Digital Innovation and Users’ Rights


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Hundreds of Tech Companies to Congress: TPP and Fast Track Harms Digital Innovation and Users’ Rights

WASHINGTON - In a joint letter to Congress released today, more than 250 technology companies and user rights organizations say that the extreme level of secrecy surrounding trade negotiations have led to provisions in agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that threaten digital innovation, free speech, and access to knowledge online, and the letter calls on Congress to come out against the Fast Track, also known as Trade Promotio

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I suspect (from what I know about the information suppression needs of authoritarian regimes) that the NSA and GCHQ want to enlist tech companies in a campaign that gives them the ability to digitally isolate people who have ideas they dont want generally known. Likely because they are true.

Also, it came out a couple of months ago that trade deals may already (Snowden said this) and if not already, its likely TPP subsequently will give all signatory nations, even really repressive ones, a right under trade law to ask for and get equivalent back doors into hardware and likely even software. (Linus Torvald's father is a MEP and he has some interesting things to say about this)

Imagine the implications of that for any kind of democracy. Whoever was in control at the time that first happened would rapidly suck up information on everybody they could, like a modern Stasi, and then would likely use it to blackmail a great many politicians into doing whatever they wanted, forever.

Even future Presidents.