Obama's White House secretly caves to global corporations' treaty demands.
The secret Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty (TPP) draft, wikileaked last week, appears to proscribe unauthorized jailbreaking, rooting, and even carrier-unlocking. So your iPhone or other smartphone needs to stay locked to its carrier and your iPad or other iOS device needs to stay within Apple's family-friendly, sexless walled garden of pomaceous monetization.
Amazingly, if ratified, this is said to have the force of international law, tying the hands of future constitutional democracies in North America and beyond.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wonder if the tinfoil-hat-wearing, black-helicopter-spotting, world-government-fearing oddballs were right all along.
Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.
WikiLeaks made public a portion of a...draft of the [TPP]. The worst part: While the White House was publicly proclaiming its support of cellphone unlocking, it was secretly negotiating a treaty that would ban it.
While the White House was championing restoring free market principles to phones, the U.S. proposed that the TPP...rule this technology as illegal through international law. [And] it would ban...jailbreaking...in all circumstances.
What type of nation would arrest 23 million people for installing a different operating system on their own device? MORE
[This] treaty pushed by the Obama administration could complicate efforts to loosen restrictions on jailbreaking and unlocking. ... The treaty text never specifically mentions jailbreaking or unlocking, but the lack of an exemption to the ban on circumventing technological measures has Khanna worried.
151 Democratic US representatives [and] twenty-two House Republicans...opposed Obama's use of Fast Track authority. ... [The TPP] might make it difficult for Congress to pass legislation such as the "Unlocking Technology Act of 2013," [which] lets consumers do what they wish with their devices as long as they're not also infringing someone's copyright.
A White House spokesperson did not answer a request for comment. MORE
Dirty deals done in secret behind closed doors could signal the end of the Internet as we know it. ... The leaked TPP Intellectual Property Rights chapter...is a dream come true for Hollywood, copyright trolls and big Pharma.
The United States looks like a bully, as there are brackets throughout the incomplete agreement noting objections by various countries. MORE
The best trade agreements strengthen relationships with nations and regions vital to United States foreign and economic policy...however, any benefits might also come with now-unseen costs to...the tech industry...if negotiators do not consider unintended consequences.
Fundamentally, [TPP] will rewrite the national laws of sovereign states, interfering with, and restricting, the democratic process of rewriting our own laws in the future. [But] the current administration has conducted these trade negotiations behind closed doors...with EFF calling the TPP the biggest global threat to the Internet since ACTA. MORE
The Trans Pacific Partnership [is] worse than we feared. ... In just a few days those behind the TPP will meet in Salt Lake City USA to ram this binding plan into place.
This looks like our last chance to speak out against the huge damage the TPP will do. ... Please send this crucial message by filling out this form now. MORE
In public, new FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is full of pro-consumer promises. ... Behind the scenes, in meetings closed to the public...the real plan is to outlaw jailbreaking, and carrier-unlocking.