Oct 24 2012
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For Immediate Release
Today: OpenMedia hosts leading Internet freedom advocates, experts, and innovators for Reddit Q&A
Conversations takes place on the heels of Canada joining controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement
October 24, 2012 – Today, groups from the StopTheTrap.net Coalition and leaders in the Internet freedom community are hosting a live “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) on Reddit today – including one of the Reddit co-founders.
The topic of conversation is the impending Internet restrictions being negotiated through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the importance of Internet freedom more broadly. This question-and-answer session takes place only shortly after the Canadian government signed onto the controversial TPP agreement.
Participants in the live conversation include:
Reddit AMAs are a kind of crowdsourced interview where users pose questions to a celebrity or other interesting figure. Reddit boasts over 42 million unique visitors last month, from over 175 different countries.
“Today we’re trying to model a citizen engagement process that our government and TPP officials should consider adopting.” says OpenMedia Executive Director Steve Anderson. “The TPP will affect us all; it’s wrong that an agreement with such severe implications is being negotiated behind closed doors. Internet users deserve a say in our digital future.”
Canadians can join Reddit for free, and participate in the conversation here: http://redd.it/1204gt
OpenMedia is a grassroots organization that safeguards the possibilities of the open and affordable Internet. The group works towards informed and participatory digital policy.
About the StopTheTrap.net campaign
The StopTheTrap.net campaign pushes back against the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which contains restrictive binding provisions that could criminalize everyday uses of the Internet. It is supported by a diverse coalition of organizations and over 115,000 people from around the world who have signed the petition at http://StopTheTrap.net.