It's been a wee while since I blogged, but I thought I would share with you all the comments I made today at the (to use the full formal title) 52nd Meeting of the APEC Telecommunications and Information Working Group, which is currently being held in Auckland, New Zealand.
As always, keen to discuss these points with our members!
Please note, this statement is not a verbatim copy of InternetNZ’s comments to the Plenary, and instead the notes from which that statement was made.
InternetNZ has expressed concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Based on what we have seen from leaked texts, we are concerned about the process, and we are concerned about the content of parts of the agreement, particularly on intellectual property issues.
This week we and other technology sector organisations met with the New Zealand negotiators working on these issues, to share our concerns, and to hear their assessments of likely outcomes should the TPP conclude. Our news from this discussion is mixed.
The TPP, transparency and minimising the downside for the Internet community
Lately we’ve been asking ourselves what should we at InternetNZ be doing about the TPP. If it's seemed like we've been a bit quiet on the issue, it's only because we’ve been been internalising some pretty complicated situations in our heads.