Under neoliberal hegemony, the critical decisions of state governance continue to retreat from the formal, public political sphere to the private corporate sphere of lobbying and trade negotiations. That retreat deliberately makes it harder to detect and track political-economic transformations; however, the present freedom of the Internet goes far to bring some of these to light. Which is likely why the Internet itself is such a major target for increasingly restrictive and repressive political and economic regulations.
This post just presents a summary of those major current threats to Internet freedom and balance in the copyright regime; they represent an array of policies, trade and vendor agreements, legal practices, and digital techniques. The list does give more attention to threats and issues facing Canada specifically. If you know of other such threats, please feel free to comment below.
- The International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
- The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
- The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
- The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which may not be quite dead (particularly if CETA or TPP provide a new forum to reintroduce its provisions)
- The “six strikes” anti-piracy agreement struck between Big Content and US-based ISPs; this agreement, which is now postponed until 2013, also stands to reintroduce SOPA- and ACTA-like copyright overregulations
- The ramping-up of “copyright troll” litigation in Canada
- Copyright bots: automated scripts and other software instruments that automate the surveillance and suppression of streaming media
This is already a lot to keep track of, but what else is this list missing?