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We’ve been hearing it repeated again and again over the previous weeks and months: it’s coming to a close, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is in its ‘endgame’. And as negotiators and Trade Ministers meet in Maui this week, opposition continues to grow louder.

Late last month, US Congress approved Fast Track legislation, which was vaunted as a ‘key procedural hurdle’ that had to be conquered before the 12 nations negotiating the mammoth agreement would be able to move forward with locking the specifics in place.

But heading into what the US Trade Representative wants us and its partners to believe is the final round, there is still much to be discussed.

Pakistan has banned Blackberry messaging, as it moves to ban all encryption and gain ability to intercept as much communication as possible.
Blackberry in particular is such a strong business tool, that it's really easy to see how these kinds of surveillance mechanisms put businesses and economies at risk; not just personal privacy.

Article by Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

Pakistan has banned BlackBerry’s enterprise server and its internet and messaging services “for security reasons” in a crackdown on privacy.

Check out this creative comic from New Zealand portraying the dangers around the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the huge effect on the lives of ordinary kiwis. Don't forget to tell your trade minister to say NO to this secretive, Internet-censoring deal at







Bad news. French intelligence agencies can now spy on citizens with almost complete impunity.

Article by Nikolaj Nielsen for EU Observer

The constitutional court in France on Thursday (23 July) broadly approved a new law that gives the state wide-sweeping surveillance powers.

First proposed in March in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris, the Surveillance Act allows French intelligence agencies to spy on citizens with almost complete impunity.

Another reason to think Facebook can't protect our personal online privacy. 

Article by David Kravets for Astechnica

Facebook does not have legal standing to challenge search warrants on behalf of its users, a New York appeals court has ruled in what was the biggest batch of warrants the social-media site said it ever received at one time.

Great Australian coverage on what the TPP could mean for everyday citizens. Tell your trade minister we don't need this secretive, Internet-censoring deal at

Article by Clara Tran for ABC

Consumer group Choice has warned that Australians could be worse off under the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, as trade ministers meet next week in Hawaii to try to finalise the agreement.

The controversial deal covers 40 per cent of the global economy and involves 12 countries around the Pacific rim, including Australia and the United States.

As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations round their final curve, we need to prevent another round of global copyright term extensions that could harm innovation and creativity online. 
Send a message to your trade minister now at

Article by Parker Higgins for EFF


Can you go to jail for learning encryption? In Ethiopia, you can. Here's why this is so problematic and so messed up: 

Article by Sarah Myers West for EFF

The simple act of taking steps to protect oneself online is enough to send a journalist to jail, according to charges issued by Ethiopian prosecutors in several cases to be heard this week. An Ethiopian court will soon hand down verdicts in a number of cases where criminal charges could be assessed for attending or applying to attend Internet security training.

A little over a week ago we saw the final vote on a report on copyright that has been winding through European Parliament for the last 6 months. So, what was the outcome?

Well, the final decision mirrored what Internet users have been telling us throughout our work on the Save the Link project: we have a right to link, and any regulations that restrict this right will be met with fierce opposition.


The Internet was never meant to be a tool for governments to spy on the private lives of everybody. Let's hope more courts agree with that. 

Article by James Welch for the Huffington Post

Last year, despite the shadow of the Snowden revelations looming large, the Coalition Government opted to pave the way for yet more unchecked surveillance, by rushing so-called "emergency" legislation into law inside a matter of days.