[TechDirt] USTR Claims 1,200 Meetings With Congress Just As Good As Actual Transparency
[...] Businesses that stand to benefit from the agreement have better access to both the documents and our representatives, and yet, the USTR continues to protest that it's open and transparent.
[...] [USTR Michael] Froman listed IP as the top priority for worldwide trade agreements: “[...] the Obama Administration is committed to protecting intellectual property (IP), [...] encouraging the free flow of information across the digital world, and ensuring access to medicines, particularly by the poor in less developed economies.”
But that's all a lie [...]. The TPP is fighting cheap medicine on several fronts. [...] The USTR isn't interested in the free flow of information related to the TPP negotiations, so it's highly unlikely it has any interest in "encouraging the free flow of information across the digital world." The phrase "supporting the freedom of the internet" doesn't sound right coming from an entity that was one of ACTA's biggest supporters, and one backed by some of SOPA's biggest supporters.