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US decision-makers are ramping up their efforts to lock in their extreme TPP Internet censorship plan. Now we need your help to show political leaders just how unpopular and politically costly Internet censorship really is. Can you chip in to help our citizen awareness campaign before it’s too late?
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Dear Dude,

Thanks to grassroots support from people like you all over the world, so far we’ve managed to stall the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Internet censorship plan from being finalized.

The extreme proposals contained in the TPP will turn the Internet we know and love into something very different from what it is today.

Specifically, the TPP will make your Internet Service Provider (ISP) liable for everything you do online [1].

This will turn your ISP into the „Internet Police“ monitoring what its subscribers are doing as well as removing & censoring content to protect itself from getting sued [2].

We know that US officials are leading the effort to globalize censorship through TPP. The good news is that, in the US, this is an election year; at OpenMedia, we’ve got a plan to amplify your voice, right when decision makers have no choice but to listen.

As a grassroots community backed organization, our ability to make an impact depends on you: Dude, can you chip in with a donation to help us put our plan into action?

Between now and November, while members of Congress are out stumping for votes in their home districts, we’re going to launch a viral digital action that will shine a major spotlight on the TPP’s extreme plans.

We intend to make it very clear which decision-makers are pro-Internet, and which are pro-censorship.

But the thing is, we need your help to do it; can you make a donation today to help us protect free expression and stop the TPP’s censorship? Our plan will only work if we all pitch in and do our part.

We’ve held the TPP off so far, but the agreement’s proponents aren’t backing down. Obama’s National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, recently stated that the government was „working hard“ to finalize the agreement [3] and lobbyists from the US Chamber of Commerce have said they are „doing all they can“ to advance the agreement. [4]

We know that, between now and november, key US decision-makers will definitely be hearing from the shady industry lobbyists pushing the TPP’s extreme censorship; your donation today will give us the power to make sure they hear from Internet users around the world as well.

For a brighter future,

Steve and Jason, on behalf of your OpenMedia team

PS. The TPP has been in negotiations for years now, but during a recent interview, US Vice President Joe Biden said that it’s „almost complete“[5]. It’s critical that we make the most of this years election cycle to remind the government just how unpopular Internet censorship really is. Please, make a donation today, and help us fight for your rights online.



[1] „The Trans Pacific Partnership IP Chapter Leaks: The Battle Over Internet Service Provider Liability“ Source: Michael Geist [ http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/6996/125/ ]

[2] „TPP Creates Legal Incentives for ISPs to Police the Internet. What is at risk? Your rights.“ Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation [ https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/08/tpp-creates-liabilities-isps-and-put-your-rights-risk ]

[3] „Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E Rice at the Department of State’s Global Chiefs of Mission Conference“ Source: The White House [ http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/11/remarks-national-security-advisor-susan-e-rice-department-state-s-global ]

[4] „The State of American Business 2014, Remarks by Thomas J Donohue President and CEO, US Chamber of Commerce“ Source: US Chamber of Commerce [ https://www.uschamber.com/speech/state-american-business-2014-remarks-thomas-j-donohue-president-and-ceo-us-chamber-commerce ]

[5] „US Says TPP ‚Almost Complete‘ Ahead of Bidens Chile Trip“ Source: Law360 [ http://www.law360.com/articles/516948/us-says-tpp-almost-complete-ahead-of-biden-s-chile-trip ]

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