Have you heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership? If not, don’t feel bad — that’s a big part of the problem with it.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement between twelve Pacific Rim countries and which has received very little public awareness, and for good reason: If the general public knew much about TPP, there’s simply no way it would have gotten as far as it has.
For several years, the United States government, along with other countries, has fleshed out a 30-chapter trade agreement spanning almost 6,000-pages that claims to “enhance innovation and productivity”, “reduce poverty”, “promote transparency”, and “enhance labor and environmental protections.” However, the details point to business that would look nothing like those claims.
The extent of the TPP’s impacts are bewildering and dangerous; They grant greater power to corporations at the expense of private citizens’ rights and freedoms.
Why are we taking a stand on it?
Though some Internet service providers and web hosts have actively supported the TPP, Canvas Host opposes it for a simple reason.
In an age when the world needs transparency in business and triple-bottom-line accountability (people, planet, and profit), profit-only business has no place.
The TPP puts at risk Internet users’ freedoms and privacy; It is anything but fair, equitable, and accountable trade; And, it has no place in a world where increasingly, triple-bottom-line (people, planet, profit) thinking is needed over profit-only business.
Specific to the online world, which we tend to care quite a lot about, the TPP outlines intellectual property and copyright laws that shift the balance of protections away from public interest and private users, and place them in the hands of copyright holders, compelling draconian punishments even in the face of legitimate, legal, fair-use claims.
Worse, the provisions press Internet service providers to work with corporations to determine if users’ activities are infringing on corporations’ copyrights, at the expense of user privacy. It’s not too far removed from the way China’s “Great Firewall” continuously polices its citizens against accessing information the government deems unfit for consumption.
Where is legislation at right now?
While the United States government has in various ways both opposed and approved of this legislation, the ultimate outcome has sadly been approved at all levels, including the President, House of Representatives, and Senate, under a “Fast Track” provision of the 1974 Trade Act. The TPP was signed on February 4, 2016 by all twelve member countries.
The only thing remaining is for Congress to vote on the final bill this summer, or later this year.
What can you do about it?
With an upcoming Congressional vote on the final bill surrounding the TPP coming soon, there’s still time to act. Community engagement is a powerful way to get messages through to your elected representatives. The Trans-Pacific Partnership hasn’t been fully enacted. We encourage you to get involved in stopping the TPP, by contacting your local Representatives and Senators:
Find Your Representative
Contact Your Senator
Additionally, MoveOn.org has an active petition that is nearing its 50,000-signature goal:
As an example of what you can post, here’s what I submitted today:
Where can I go to learn more about TPP?
Citizen.org’s TPP Analysis and Summary
Wikipedia’s page about the TPP:
Flush the TPP!
Flush the TPP Facebook page
Fair, equitable, and just business are things we and all B Corporations fight for. If you have additional information to share with us about developments surrounding the trade agreement, feel free to contact us, at sales [at] canvashost [dot] com.