Maira Sutton

Maira Sutton works with EFF's International Team blogging, framing policy, and monitoring emerging trends and developments in international freedom of expression, privacy, digital consumer rights and innovation.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 1:45pm
TPP Negotiators Leave Hawaii While the Conclusion of the Deal Still Looms
Despite intense pressure to wrap up with a complete deal, the Hawaii round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations ended on Friday in a deadlock. The trade ministers ultimately remained in disagreement over auto, dairy, and biologic drug patent provisions. This is a major setback for...
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Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 8:15am
Big Tech Does Not Speak for the Internet
Too often, media and policymakers take seriously the claim of government officials that secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) promote and protect “Internet freedom,” even though the traditional guardians of Internet freedom—users and innovators who rely on it—have said...
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 11:15am
The Senate Has Passed the TPP Fast Track Bill—We Now Take Our Fight to the House
The Senate passed a bill Friday night to put the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the Fast Track to approval . Its passage followed a series of stops and starts —an indication that this legislation was nearly too rife with controversy to pass. But after a series of deals and calls from corporate...
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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 2:45pm
Congress Is Poised to Introduce a Bill to Fast Track TPP So It's Time to Act Now
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks are stalling while the White House assures its trading partners that this secret trade agreement won't be amended when it comes back to Congress for ratification after the President signs the deal. That's why the Executive is scrambling to get its allies in...
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Friday, February 13, 2015 - 12:00pm
Go to Prison for Sharing Files? That's What Hollywood Wants in the Secret TPP Deal
The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) poses massive threats to users in a dizzying number of ways. It will force other TPP signatories to accept the United States' excessive copyright terms of a minimum of life of the author plus 70 years, while locking the US to the same lengths so it will...
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Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 11:15am
It Doesn't Matter Who Does the Lobbying: Trade Agreements Aren't the Place for Internet Regulations
The Associated Whistleblowing Press released portions of draft text proposed by the United States for the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) this week, revealing some alarming provisions that indicate how tech companies have been involved in influencing a secret international deal. The language of...
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Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 8:15am
TPP Is Right Where We Want It: Going Nowhere
President Obama is on a diplomatic tour of Asia this week and one of his top priorities is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement that includes restrictive copyright enforcement measures that pose a huge threat to users’ rights and a free and open Internet. In particular, he's...
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Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 12:15pm
TPP Leak Confirms the Worst: US Negotiators Still Trying to Trade Away Internet Freedoms
After years of secret trade negotiations over the future of intellectual property rights (and limits on those rights), the public gets a chance to looks at the results. For those of us who care about free speech and a balanced intellectual property system that encourages innovation, creativity, and access to knowledge, it’s not a pretty picture.
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Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 3:00pm
Congress Must Not Fast Track TPP to Ratification
US lawmakers may soon introduce legislation to give the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a “fast-track” through Congress. Senate Finance committee leaders Sen. Max Baucus and Sen.
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Monday, November 19, 2012 - 12:47pm
Trading Away our Digital Rights: More Nations Join TPP as the Next Round of Negotiations Approach
The next round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement negotiations will take place from December 3-12 in Auckland, New Zealand, and it will be done with the same level of secrecy as the last 14 rounds.
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