ACTA: Please write to your MEP
The vote on ACTA in the European Parliament on July 4th could be Independence Day for the Internet - if you will help.
Published 09:01, 03 July 12
ACTA may have clauses about a few reasonable things, but it is dominated by regressive ideas. While there are other problems - its impact on getting affordable drugs to African nations high among them - the notable one for this column is a framework for future laws that will make the copyright and patent reform open source so badly needs much harder. It will facilitate the lobbying efforts by the legacy corporations of the 20th century who depend on being copyright middlemen for the business and fear the realities of the Internet. It's a brake on progress for the meshed society.
To contact your MEP, take a look at the page the Open Rights Group has created. It summarises the key issues, and provides the phone numbers and e-mail addresses for your representatives. Alternatively, use Write To Them for an easier communications channel.
This matters and makes a difference - MEP David Martin reports the public reaction is already huge, and you can be part of it too. But you need to do it now.