[bestbits] TISA and Tech's Double Standards On Secret Government Internet Deals

Jeremy Malcolm jmalcolm at eff.org
Thu Aug 27 19:34:31 EDT 2015


These companies seem to to be taking a remarkably relaxed attitude
towards a closed-door process in which governments could rewrite the
rules for information flows on the global Internet. It also marks a
stark contrast with their attitude towards another process that could
have been described in almost identical terms—the 2012 World Conference
of International Telecommunication (WCIT) of the International
Telecommunications Union (ITU).
The answer, we fear, is that lobbyists and political power brokers feel
comfortable that they have the TISA negotiations under their control. As
IBM puts it a communication found in the document stash that EFF
released this week
“the US and the EU ... are in the best position to define the rules of
the road necessary to protect the world's vital governmental,
environmental and societal interests”.
Nor do these states seem as interested in loosening their control over
these processes as other nations. Amongst the countries /excluded/ from
TISA, Brazil crafted its Marco Civil da Internet
<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/02/marco-civil-devil-detail> in an
open, multi-stakeholder process, Similarly the Philippines crowdsourced
the drafting of a Magna Carta for the Internet that included some
powerful principles

These are the kinds of processes, and the kinds of documents resulting
from them, that at least nod to the openness we need for a legitimate
debate about the future of the Internet. It's notable that it is the
world's developing countries, rather than the U.S. and EU trade
ministries who are at the forefront of innovating such processes.

Jeremy Malcolm
Senior Global Policy Analyst
Electronic Frontier Foundation
jmalcolm at eff.org

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