A retired Army general explains the tactical disadvantages the TPP puts the US in. The TPP is a bad deal all around, and will further erode constitutionally-protected rights as well as national sovereignty. Free trade is often good for the economies that participate unless, of course, there is a striking disparity in the value of labor capital between two trade partners–such as the case with the USA and China.
While I respect President Obama and the pact’s military backers, I believe these arguments miss a crucial point: By facilitating the further offshoring of America’s manufacturing base, the trade pact would actually undermine America’s military readiness and global economic standing. TPP would hurt our national security interests more than it would help.
Source: The national security case against TPP | TheHill
The TPP deal will make our markets less free and less competitive, and it will particularly hurt innovation-based entrepreneurship
Source: Trans-Pacific Partnership is a wonderful idea – for China
Good-bye, cosplay; it’s been fun. Also, it’s been nice knowing you, gaming mods, investigative journalism, open-source, privacy, electronic security, freedom of speech, technological innovation, and rational thought! Au revoir, mes amis!
The Internet is a diverse ecosystem of private and public stakeholders. By excluding a large sector of communities—like security researchers, artists, libraries, and user rights groups—trade negotiators skewed the priorities of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) towards major tech companies and copyright industries that have a strong interest in maintaining and expanding their monopolies of digital services and content.
Source: How the TPP Will Affect You and Your Digital Rights | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Source code review is a hugely important part of information security. Source code review also protects the public by allowing researchers to discover deficiencies in code that may cause public harm (such as autonomous cars, power grids, or even emissions control systems). This is part of why I have been a proponent of open source for so long: when source code is locked down, it becomes less safe by default because no one is allowed to challenge it.
Multiple recent reports on serious security vulnerabilities in cable modems and routers paint a dire picture of the state of security of the devices that millions of users depend upon to connect to the Internet.
Source: TPP Threatens Security and Safety by Locking Down U.S. Policy on Source Code Audit | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Of The People, By The People, and For Sale to The Highest Bidder.
Former Citibank executive Michael Froman, the U.S. trade representative, negotiated a pact that will give Citi and other banks a shot to undermine future financial reforms.
Source: TPP Trade Pact Would Give Wall Street a Trump Card to Block Regulations
Things you should care about: imported food safety, copyright abuse
Remember when the entire internet stood up and declared in one voice that we would not go quietly into the night, that we would not give up without a fight? Contact your congress critters and demand that they vote NO on fast tracking TPP
World leaders are meeting to solidify the Trans-Pacific Partnership: a secretive trade agreement that undermines democracy and globalizes Internet censorship.
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“The most transparent administration in history….”
Seriously, it is a really bad sign when some of your biggest supporters are crying foul. Continue reading Obama’s Secret Attempt to Ban Cellphone Unlocking, While Claiming to Support It