Crowdsourced Agenda for Free Expression

Listening Tour and other events



Events reviewed as part of our consultation




A. Debate: will the TPP will harm Asia’s growing digital economies

In July 2013, 40 participants at the 18th round of TPP negotiations in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, joined webcast participants from around the world, coming together to participate in debating the proposition that the TPP “will harm Asia’s growing digital economies.”37

Organized by Consumers International and Digital News Asia, with the support of the Our Fair Deal Coalition, the debate was designed to explore the claims about the supposed positive and negative effects that the TPP would actually have on Asian economies and the citizens whom those economies serve.

B. NZ Digital Rights Camp

OpenMedia Executive Director, Steve Anderson, also participated in a Digital Rights Camp, which took place December 1-2, 2012 at the Auckland University of Law. Co-organized by EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) and KEI (Knowledge Ecology International), each participating country presented essential information and resources on the state of copyright in their respective countries, as well as addressed key challenges and threats the TPP poses to national copyright legislation. Representing Canada, Anderson presented on how the TPP would severely undermine Canada’s Copyright Modernization Act of 2011.

This forum allowed leading experts on Intellectual Property and citizen mobilization38 to collectively identify and establish international copyright proposals that would protect matters of national sovereignty, free speech, and democratic decision-making processes. The Digital Rights Camp presentations and dialogues helped instruct our recommendations.


Listening Tour



In order to collect input from diverse voices, after the Copyright Cabaret and in addition to our ongoing work with the Internet Voice tool, OpenMedia spent the summer of 2013 consulting with creators and content users from a variety of communities, industry sectors, and cultural groups.39 We conducted a listening tour to inform and gather input from these stakeholders about how proposed copyright changes in the TPP would impact their day-to- day online activities. Following preliminary research, and leads from email inquiries and cold calls, we connected with a large network of copyright experts from several countries – scholars, legal professionals, & policy experts – as well as innovators, entrepreneurs, and community groups to discuss how IP provisions in international trade agreements and other legal instruments could impact our society.

We held consultation calls, each approximately 1.5 hours in length, with groups of participants as well as one-on-one calls and in-person meetings with many people. In addition, OpenMedia Executive Director Steve Anderson traveled to Silicon Valley and San Francisco in June 2013 to capture input from leading tech innovators, non-profit service providers, and digital rights groups. These consultations, plus content analysis of the comments submitted using the Internet Voice tool helped us to shape the questions we asked in our drag-and-drop tool, which, as we describe below, has enabled more than 40,000 people to crowdsource an agenda for free expression in the digital age.





38. Participating organizations included: EngageMedia (AUS), Public Citizen (US), EFF (US), Australian Digital Alliance (AUS), Derechos Digitales (CHL), Creative Freedom Foundation (NZ), University of Auckland (NZ), Consumers International (MYS), Electronic Frontiers Australia (AUS), Creative Commons Mexico (MEX), APC (NZ), KEI (US), MIAU (JPN), Digital Policy Group (AUS), Head of the Singapore Book Council (SGP), Third World Network (Geneva), OpenMedia (CAN), Internet NZ (NZ), Viet Tan (VNM), CC Japan (JPN).

39. Organizations we consulted with include: Ragged Edge Community Network, The Victoria FreeNet, Vancouver Community Network, the Inuit Broadband Development Corporation, Creative Commons Canada, Clinique juridique des artistes de Montréal, the First Nations Technology Council, BC Libraries Cooperative, The First Mile Project, SFU School of Communications, Project Gutenberg, NetSquared, the Northern Voice Conference, KNet (Keewaytinook Okimakanak), Precursor Productions, Electronic Frontiers Foundation, the Australian Digital Alliance, InternetNZ, Consumers International, CIPPIC, Public Citizen, Tucows, Twitter, Wikimedia Foundation, MIAU, TUANZ, Royal NZ Foundation for the Blind, Creative Freedom Foundation, Consumer and NZ Rise (*Note that organizations listed here have provided input but have not necessarily endorsed our recommendations)