[A2k] Transparency Pea Soup: The USTR Planned From The Beginning How Not To Be Transparent On ACTA | Techdirt

Manon Anne Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Fri Sep 10 03:22:46 PDT 2010


http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100909/05374310954.shtml

Transparency Pea Soup: The USTR Planned From The Beginning How Not To Be
Transparent On ACTA

from the clear-as-mud dept

We've been discussing for a while just how anti-transparent the USTR has
been on ACTA negotiations, making totally bogus arguments, such as the
idea that negotiators would walk away from the table if they didn't keep
the document secret. Of course, it later turned out that it's been the
US who has mainly been behind the secrecy. KEI has been pushing for more
transparency on ACTA from the beginning, and famously had an FOIA
request on ACTA denied due to ridiculously laughable claims of state
secrets. However, a more recent request on any USTR discussions about
transparency turned up an internal email from Stan McCoy, assistant USTR
for intellectual property, entitled "Transparency soup," where he
basically acknowledged the new (at the time) administration's request
for more transparency, and laid out a "plan" for how to have the USTR
pretend to be transparent, without actually being transparent. For the
most part, the USTR has followed those plans, showing that it had
already dug its heels in to be as opaque as possible, while paying lip
service to transparency.






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