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Press review about TAFTA

[ComputerworldUK] TTIP Update IX

If the European Commission truly wanted a debate "based upon the facts and not the spin", it would stop trying to re-define both regulatory measures, which were drawn up in an open and democratic way, and deep-seated cultural choices, which define the essence of being European, as "non-trade barriers".

[ComputerWorldUK] TTIP Update VIII

In the latest Glyn Moody blog entry on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, the writer has a closer look at the proposed "regulatory coherence" mechanism that would allow differences in regulations between the EU and the US to be leveled over time.

[Techdirt] TAFTA/TTIP: What Price Transparency?

This article by Glyn Moody focuses on the inequality of access to decision makers in the process of formulating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

[TheGuardian] The lies behind this transatlantic trade deal

Plans to create an EU-US single market will allow corporations to sue governments using secretive panels, bypassing courts and parliaments. [...]

[ComputerWorldUK] TTIP Update VII

In this blog Glyn Moody has a close look at investor-state dispute resolution (ISDS). In summary he argues that "investment protection provisions are simply unnecessary when it comes to EU-US trade. But what's really disturbing in that [...] the European Commission believes that these have something to do with each other, [...].

[MondeDiplomatique] The corporation invasion

A long and informative article that goes into serious cricisim against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. With regard to data privacy, the article states:

[EurActiv] Leaked document shows EU fear of inferiority in US trade talks

A leaked document outlines the communication strategy the European Commission advises European Union member states to adopt in order to make the Transatlantic Trade Investment and Partnership (TTIP) agreement more palatable for citizens than it's rejected precedent, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

[ComputerWorldUK] TTIP Update VI

A leaked version of the European Commission's communication strategy for overcoming public skepticism about Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement (TTIP) describes how the public should be educated to have, quoting the document, "a general understanding of what TTIP is (i.e. an initiative that aims at delivering growth and jobs) and what it is not (i.e. an effort to undermine regulation and existing levels of protection in areas like health, safety and the environment)."

[ComputerWorldUK] TTIP Update V

Glyn Moody's analysis of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) draft leaked last week. In particular, he focuses on "elements relevant to TAFTA/TTIP and the digital world."

He writes that the draft "wants patents for things that don't actually do anything more than a current invention, but are simply 'new' - that is, different in some unimportant way. This would allow so-called 'ever-greening' of patents [...]."

[Electronic Frontier Foundation] EFF and Other Groups to NSA: Are You Spying on Our TPP Work?

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sent a letter to the National Security Agency (NSA) Director Keith Alexander and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman asking whether the NSA was spying on the communications of organisations and individuals working for the public interest in U.S. trade policy.

[Theguardian] WikiLeaks publishes secret draft chapter of Trans-Pacific Partnership

Treaty negotiated in secret between 12 nations 'would trample over individual rights and free expression', says Julian Assange […]

WikiLeaks has released the draft text of a chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, a multilateral free-trade treaty currently being negotiated in secret by 12 Pacific Rim nations.

[Wired] Secret Trade Pact Will Spread U.S. Copyright Rules Abroad

The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multi-national trade agreement the United States is negotiating in secret, seeks to export U.S.-styled intellectual-property rules abroad, according to a leaked chapter of the deal WikiLeaks published today. […]

[TechDirt] TPP IP Chapter Leaked, Confirming It's Worse Than ACTA

Wikileaks has published a draft of the chapter on Intellectual Property (IP) of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement dated 30 August.

The article quotes heavily from an analysis by Knowledge Ecology International, highlighting that, "access to life-saving medicines would be curtailed, while the scope of patents would be extended to include surgical methods, for example", the proposal would moreover greatly extend the number of years that copyrighted material is protected.

[RT] EU-US historic trade deal: "Putting the corporation above the nation"

Over 50 US officials are in Brussels to negotiate the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which, if signed, will create the world’s largest free-trade area. [...]