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 USITC had a good review of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and sees negligible benefits for the US economy at an unprecedented cost in terms of dollars to implement, enforcement, lost productivity, and erosion of freedoms.
Source: It’s Official: US International Trade Commission Predicts Negligible Economic Benefits From TPP | Techdirt
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
Did you know that it is illegal to disclose security vulnerabilities under the DMCA? Did you know that the only way we know about security vulnerabilities is by trying to break them? Did you know that the TPP would make this even more difficult, dangerous, and backwards to legitimately act in the best interests of the public?
Did you know that this is also one step away from becoming law?
It could leave the internet of things fundamentally insecure.
Source: White Hat Hackers Would Have Their Devices Destroyed Under the TPP | Motherboard