EFF invites you to join us for a live Google Hangout on Tuesday October 1st at 2 PM Pacific / 5 PM Eastern to learn more about the Trans-Pacific Partnership's copyright provisions and their impact on users, their effect on U.S. copyright law, and how we can work together to protect our access to knowledge, digital rights, and internet freedom. There will also be time for Q & A.
Even though we successfully killed SOPA and ACTA, special interests groups continue to pour millions of lobbying dollars to push policies that would further restrict our rights to knowledge. Unable to pass such measures through our legislative process, they’re using secretive, non-democratic tactics to fold harsher copyright restrictions and enforcement measures into a larger trade agreement. The latest and biggest threat on this front is the TPP, a multinational trade agreement being negotiated between the United States and 11 other Asia-Pacific countries.
To participate, just visit the event page at http://eff.org/tpphangout and a link to the Google Hangout will appear minutes before we begin.
Lori Wallach: Director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch
Lori Wallach has promoted the public interest regarding globalization and international commercial agreements in every forum: Congress and foreign parliaments, the courts, government agencies, the media, and the streets. Described as “Ralph Nader with a sense of humor” in a Wall Street Journal profile and dubbed "the Trade Debate's Guerrilla Warrior" in aNational Journal profile, for 20 years Wallach has played a prominent role in the United States and internationally in the roiling debate over the terms of globalization. With a lawyer’s expertise in the terms and outcomes of trade agreements, she has testified on NAFTA, WTO, and other globalization issues before 30 U.S. congressional committees, been a trade commentator on CNN, ABC, Fox, CNBC, C-SPAN, Bloomberg, PBS, NPR and numerous foreign outlets, and been published and quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post,USA Today, the Financial Times, and more. Her most recent book is The Rise and Fall of Fast Track Trade Authority (2013).
Krista Cox, Staff attorney at Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)
Krista Cox is one of the leading experts on the interaction between international and domestic copyright policies and their impact on access to knowledge and digital innovation. Prior to her present position, she was employed as the staff attorney for Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) where she worked on advocating for access to essential medicines, researching the Bayh-Dole Act and its analogues, gene patent issues, and transparency projects. Krista earned her J.D. with honors from the University of Notre Dame where she served on the Executive Board of the Journal of Legislation and was also a member of the Jessup International Moot Court team. Krista is admitted to practice in California, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and a member of the bar for the Supreme Court of the United States.
Maira Sutton, Global Policy Analyst at EFF
Maira monitors and advocates around emerging tech policy around the world with a focus on intellectual property and innovation issues, and is EFF’s lead activist on the TPP and other international copyright reform campaigns. She earned her BA at UC Santa Cruz in Politics and Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies. At UCSC, she was Coordinator of the Global Information Internship Program, an ICT4D program that trains undergraduate students to become enterprising IT-literate activists for social justice. Maira was a Legal Researcher and Tech Intern with Sisters in Islam, a Muslim women's rights organization in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to joining EFF, she was a paralegal and legal researcher at a property rights law firm in Los Angeles.
Parker Higgins, Activist at EFF
Parker is an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in issues at the intersection of freedom of speech and copyright, trademark, and patent law. He previously lived and worked in Berlin, Germany with the audio platform SoundCloud. Prior to that, he studied at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, where he developed a concentration of "Creativity, Freedom of Speech, and Intellectual Property." While at NYU, he served on the board of the global Students for Free Culture organization and as the president of its NYU chapter.
If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Maira@eff.org